السبت , مايو 15 2021

England collapse to defeat by India

England crumbled to a 95-run defeat by India in the second Test at Lord’s to extend their winless run to 10 matches and increase the pressure on captain Alastair Cook.

The hosts collapsed after lunch to a series of reckless shots and were bowled out for 223 to hand the tourists a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Joe Root (66) and Moeen Ali (39) gave England hope with a partnership of 101 to take them to 173-4, 146 short of their target.

But after Moeen fell to the last ball before lunch, Matt Prior, Ben Stokes and Root were all out to pull shots in a disastrous 14 minutes of self-destruction as seamer Ishant Sharma took 7-74 – the best figures by an India bowler in England.

The match ended when James Anderson was run out by Ravindra Jadeja,

whom he is charged with pushing and verbally abusing

during the first Test at Trent Bridge.

It was India’s first away victory in 16 Tests, a sequence dating back to 2011, and their first at Lord’s since 1986.

The defeat was England’s seventh in nine matches, while 10 Tests without a victory is their worst sequence since 1992-93.

Cook, who has scored a record 25 Test hundreds for his country but is averaging only 16 in four Tests this summer.

He

insisted he will not resign

despite calls from former skippers Michael Vaughan and Alec Stewart to

remove the captaincy

from him.

Cook’s team have frequently squandered promising positions with bat and ball, not least when they

reduced India to 145-7

on a green pitch on Thursday, only for the tourists to recover to 295.

The manner of defeat raised echoes of

England’s 5-0 Ashes whitewash

in Australia, when their performances became increasingly ragged as the series went on.

England’s latest collapse was all the more galling given the hope Root and Moeen had inspired in the morning session.

After a patient first hour, Root took the attack to India with three fours off an over from Sharma to bring up his fifty off 122 balls.

But, on the stroke of lunch, Ishant fired a fierce bouncer at Moeen, who took his eye off the ball and gloved it to short leg.

What followed was little short of farcical as England fell into the most obvious of traps by taking on the short ball and picking out the men in catching positions.

First, Prior pulled Ishant straight to deep midwicket, then Stokes top-edged to the same position for his sixth duck in 10 England innings in all formats.

Root was the next to lose his head as he hooked into the hands of deep backward square leg to leave England eight down.

Stuart Broad gloved a short ball down the leg side and the collapse was complete when Anderson pushed into the off side and was comfortably run out by a direct hit from his nemesis Jadeja.

Listen to Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew review the second Test on the

Test Match Special podcast.

England's Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali gloves an Ishant Sharma bouncer to short leg off the last ball before lunch

England's Joe Root

Joe Root works the ball to leg during his innings of 66 before becoming one of Ishant’s seven victims

England's James Anderson

James Anderson is run out by Ravindra Jadeja to complete England’s slide from 173-4 to 223 all out

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