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Sack Ravi Shastri: Twitterati after Virat Kohli's worst Test defeat as India captain

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Published Aug 13, 2018, 1:51 pm IST
Updated Aug 13, 2018, 1:51 pm IST
While Virat Kohli and co came under heavy criticism after Lord's Test, Twitterati also slammed head coach Ravi Shastri.
Before the UK tour, Shastri said his team would play fearless cricket but that had not been the case at Lord’s after they were completely outclassed by the hosts. (Photo: PTI)
 Before the UK tour, Shastri said his team would play fearless cricket but that had not been the case at Lord’s after they were completely outclassed by the hosts. (Photo: PTI)

London: James Anderson and Stuart Broad shared eight wickets before Chris Woakes completed a brilliant return to international duty with the final blow as England thrashed India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord's on Sunday.

India, the world's top-ranked Test side, failed to cope with overcast and swing-friendly conditions in both their innings, with a rain-marred match effectively over in under two days' standard playing time.

 

India were dismissed for 130 on Sunday's fourth day, having been skittled out for just 107 first-time around. While Virat Kohli and co came under heavy criticism after the loss, Twitterati also slammed head coach Ravi Shastri. Before the UK tour, Shastri said his team would play fearless cricket but that had not been the case at Lord’s after they were completely outclassed by the hosts.

Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, finished with innings figures of four for 23 as he became the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's.

Allied to a first-innings return of five for 20, that meant Anderson had a match haul of nine for 43.

 

"I am not very proud of the way we played," India captain Virat Kohli told Sky Sports. "England deserved to win; we deserved to lose."

Victory left England 2-0 up in this five-match series after their 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.

"The bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game," said Joe Root, the England captain.

"The conditions were in our favour but you still have to ask questions and we did."

Only once have a side come from 2-0 down to win a five-match Test series, when a Don Bradman inspired Australia recovered to beat England in 1936/37.

 

This match was a personal triumph for Woakes, who was recalled by England in place of Ben Stokes because of his fellow pace-bowling all-rounder's ongoing trial for affray.

Woakes's 137 not out, his maiden Test century, was the cornerstone of England's 396 for seven declared.

He also shared an England record sixth-wicket stand against India of 189 with Jonny Bairstow (93).

That partnership helped England recover from a top-order collapse that saw them slump to 89 for four at lunch on the third day.

Man-of-the-match Woakes also had overall figures of four for 43.

 

"To get to a position where we could declare after Jonny and Woakesy's magnificent partnership, I am chuffed to bits for Woakesy to get a hundred," said Root.

His century saw Woakes become just the fourth cricketer after England's Gubby Allen and Ian Botham and Australia's Keith Miller to have scored a century and taken 10 or more wickets in a Test at Lord's, with the Warwickshire star returning match figures of 11 for 102 at the 'home of cricket' against Pakistan two years ago.

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