Twitter was flooded with memes as the Indian middle-order failed to build on the platform provided by the openers on Day 2 of the India vs England second Test match at Lord’s. Resuming the day at 276 for 3, India were bowled out for 364, losing their last 7 wickets for only 88 runs on Friday.
Having scored two off Friday’s first ball, from Ollie Robinson, Rahul mistimed a drive, a shot he had played so well on Thursday, off the seamer’s next delivery low to Dom Sibley at short cover. It was the end of a more than six-and-a-half hour innings of 250 balls that included 12 fours and a six.
India’s 278-4 soon became 282-5 when Ajinkya Rahane, looking a shadow of the batsman who scored a Test hundred at Lord’s in 2014, fell for his overnight one when edging James Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, to Root at first slip.
Pujara, Rahane and captain Kohli have been short of runs, to say the least in this series so far. Rahul and Rohit put on a 126-run stand – India’s first three-figure opening stand in overseas Tests in almost 10 years. Rahul then carried on to score a fantastic 129 but he did not get much support from the middle-order.
In the first Test too Rahul and Rohit had given India a great start with a 97-run start but India lost four quick wickets to hand over the advantage.
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If it wasn’t for the important stand between two left-handers Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja then India might have folded before reaching 350.
He had made a typically brisk 37, including five fours, when he edged a cut off a wide ball from fast bowler Mark Wood, recalled after Stuart Broad suffered a series-ending calf injury, and was caught behind by opposing wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
India’s 331-6 then became 336-7 when Mohammed Shami fell for a duck after tamely chipping off-spinner Moeen Ali to midwicket.
After lunch, Jadeja (40) and Ishant hung around for a bit but once Ishant was dismissed by Anderson, who completed his fifth five-wicket haul by dismissing Bumrah in the next over, the writing was on the wall.
(With agency inputs)