When India played their first Test at Edgbaston, the visitors suffered a defeat by 31 runs. One of the turning points of the first match was when England all-rounder Ben Stokes dismissed skipper Virat Kohli in India’s second innings after which India failed to resurrect their innings as England clawed its way towards victory.
On a rain-curtailed second day of the second Test match, as Indian batsmen were struggling to settle themselves on adverse pitch conditions, Indian fans had their eyes gleaming with hopes that their ‘lone warrior’ might make a miracle with his willow.
However, the hopes of a match ending up in India’s favour received a huge blow when Chris Woakes dismissed the ‘big fish’ Virat Kohli, leaving India on 49/4 at the end of four overs.
The match witnessed the ball being played after the rain had dampened the pitch on the opening day. Drizzle on the second day also added to the wounds of Indian batsmen as they found it difficult to read the spells of Anderson and Woakes.
Where Anderson picked a five-wicket haul on the second day, Chris Woakes returned the figures of 2/19 which included the wickets of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya.
It was a fuller delivery around off as Kohli closed in on the bat for a flick down the leg side.
But the ball touched the edge of the bat after which Jos Buttler caught Kohli at the slip.
Kohli had to walk back disappointed as India found themselves in a difficult situation. Kohli scored 23 runs off 57 balls which included two boundaries.
Virat Kohli edges it to Joss Buttler. Chris Woakes gets India's most precious wicket. Now onus in on Rahane to lead as a vice-captain. pic.twitter.com/yXZ8MuWe1z
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Rahane and Kohli were heading towards a firm partnership before Woakes striked. India failed to find its momentum from there as the visitors crumbled on 107 on Day 2.
Now India would be meeting England for the third day of the second match at Lord’s.