England beat India by an innings and 159 runs

Ross Houston
August 13, 2018

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

Only once has a team come back to overturn a 2-0 deficit to win a Test series - and that was an Australia side that contained Donald Bradman in the 1936-37 Ashes.

After conceding a lead of 289 runs in the first innings, India were all out for 130 runs in their second.

England celebrate with man of the match Chris Woakes.

As India slumped to a humiliating defeat in the Lord's Test, Virat Kohli walked out with a blank expression on his face.

Fittingly, it was Woakes who wrapped up the win for England as Ishant Sharma was caught down the leg-side.

And on the eve of the Essex fixture, long-agreed as a four-day game, the match was reduced to a three-day game at India's request.

Woakes returned largely due to the absence of Ben Stokes, who is standing trial for affray at a court in Bristol.

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.

He said: "We haven't been able to have partnerships, which is the basic rule while batting".

An inspired spell from Stuart Broad, during which he took four wickets in seven overs for just seven runs, put England on the brink of victory.

VVS Laxman, who has been quite active on Twitter in the recent past, hoped that Kohli and company will learn from the mistakes and put forth a much better performance in the third Test match. "I should be okay", he said.

That left Anderson, fifth in the all-time Test standings, just 10 wickets behind Glenn McGrath's tally of 563 - the most by any paceman at this level, with the top three places all belonging to spinners.

Broad only claimed one wicket in the first innings but began a devastating spell today by finding Ajinkya Rahane's outside edge, with Keaton Jennings taking the catch in the slips.

Joe Root also hailed veteran paceman James Anderson as a "special commodity" after he crossed the 100-wicket mark at Lord's.

The third Test starts at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday.

The best batsman in the world ended it restricted by a back complaint that will be a huge worry for India in the five days leading up to a Test they now can not lose and Kohli will now have the weight of the world on his shoulders too.

The wasted review proved disastrous, as Karthik was adjudged lbw very next ball.

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