India vs England: Can India turn it around after awful first innings?
Team India was bundled out for 107 in the first day of the second test against mighty England.
Team India was bundled out for 107 in the first day of the second test against mighty England. It was a disappointing performance by the batting side with no batsman hitting even 30.
James Anderson pulled the plug on the fancied Indian batting side with 5-20 in 13.2 overs. " King Of Swing" rattled the Indian batting line up along with Chris Woakes 2-19 in 6 overs. The rain spoiled the party as Virat Kohli had just started to face Anderson.
Murali Vijay and KL Rahul looked good with some classy drives but Anderson cut their run short. Cheteshwar Pujara was struggling with 1(25) and a rash run out made things worse for India.
India's hope Virat Kohli was lucky to be dropped on more than one occasions but the persistence of Chris Woakes paid off, Kohli 23(57) got caught at the slip by Jos Butler.
India was struggling 4-49 in 21.4 overs. In no time India was all out for mere 107 in 35.2 overs.
The turning point of the innings was Pujara's run out, it was Kohli's responsibility and should have owned up and risked his wicket.
India needs to ball their skin out and R Ashwin should do an Anderson for any hopes for Team India. India lost the first test match with a narrow margin of around 30 runs and it was Kohli's defining innings which gave India a fighting chance.
Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have in the past proved to be game-changers.
Alistair Cook and Joe Root will be looking to capitalizes on home advantage against struggling Indian attack.
England can run away with the match by scoring around 400 or India could bowl them out under 200 runs and gain some momentum after disheartening first innings.
India cannot afford to lose this test match in the three-test series after already losing the first test against England.
It will be interesting to witness England's first innings against R Ashwin and company. Dinesh Karthik needs to perform as a wicketkeeper after the awful first test match.