India Loses by an Innings at Lord’s

By Dhanu Delphi on August 15, 2018

After two Tests in the five-Test series, England is ahead of the game. India needs to win the next three Tests for a series win. England won by an innings and 159 runs. This is the first time since Virat Kohli captained India that the team has suffered an innings defeat.

The last time India lost with an innings defeat took place in 2014 at the Oval. Since Kohli became skipper, there have been no innings defeats in 37 Test matches.

James Anderson, the England bowler, reached a record during the second Test. Anderson has taken 103 wickets in 23 Tests at Lord’s, the first to achieve this in the famous cricket grounds. M Muralitharan, the only bowler ahead of Anderson, reached 167, 117, and 111 wickets in three different cricket grounds.

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Suffering from lower back strain, Virat Kohli stayed off the field towards the end of Day 3, and in the earlier part of Day 4 during the second Test in the series. Kohli batted at the number five position instead of his usual number four. Clearly the India skipper struggled while batting, and he limped through runs.

Despite the lower back strain, Kohli feels he will be ready to play in the third Test in a few days. Kohli explained that his lower back acted up because of the workload. The captain feels that the break between matches is enough time to get back on track.

He said: “The back is one thing that can be very tricky when it goes off. It happened during the latter half of the last leg of the South Africa tour when I missed a T20 game. That was very sudden only happening one day before.”

“I should be ready for the next game although not with the same intensity in the field but I should be good enough to hold a position in the field and be 100% with the bat.”