Analysis: Where India Lost The Lord’s Test to England

The second Test at Lord’s was another exciting Test to look forward after the thriller which played out at Edgbaston and was finally clinched by England. India was expected to improve upon the chinks in the armour exposed in Edgbaston at Lord’s, where they had registered a famous victory back in 2014. But the visitors were completely outplayed by the hosts in all departments of the game, bundled out for 107 and 130 in both innings and lasting only 82.2 overs overall as compared to England’s 396 in 88.1 overs. There were a variety of factors which led to India now trailing five-match series 0-2. Let’s have a look at the factors for the same:-

Frizzy Team Selection

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India made two changes from the eleven which played at Edgbaston. They left out Shikhar Dhawan so as to get Cheteshwar Pujara in at three with KL Rahul going up to open alongside Murali Vijay. Despite the weather expected to be ranging between rainy and cloudy, India picked a spinner in form of Kuldeep Yadav over Umesh Yadav, a pacer who could have had been very effective with the ball to swing and seam in overcast conditions. Kuldeep was given nine overs to bowl and conceded 44 runs plus grabbed a pair with the bat. Certainly, India did miss a trick in the Kuldeep – Umesh swap.

Couldn’t Grab Key Moments Of The Game 

England, at one stage, were reduced to 131 for five. There was an opportunity for the visitors to skittle out the hosts for a score under 200. But Chris Woakes and Jonny Bairstow had other plans. The pair put on 189 runs for the sixth wicket to swell the lead past 250. Though Bairstow missed out on a deserving century by seven runs, Woakes stayed till the end, unconquered at 123 as England declared at 296 for seven, gaining a lead of 289 runs. A lead of over 250 runs was always going to be too uphill a task for India to surpass and the partnership between Bairstow and Woakes eventually proved to be the difference as the duo batted out India from the game. India, on their part, weren’t able to apply pressure on the duo and the game slipped out of their hands.

Lack Of Adaptability To Conditions

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One thing which has been common in India’s previous tours to England has been that the batting has struggled against the moving ball, seam and swing. It was a no-brainer that the Indian batting line-up would be tested in challenging conditions and that the England pacers would pose tricky questions to them. After the batting line-up was found wanting in Edgbaston with the exception of Virat Kohli, the team was expected to step up. But India fell like a pack of cards in both innings without giving a tough fight. The team was bowled out for a paltry 107 and 130 in both innings. Clearly, the lack of adaptability to adjust to the conditions came back to haunt India while batting.

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