Twitter Reactions: James Anderson and Co. bundle out India for a paltry total of 107

Twitter Reactions: James Anderson and Co. bundle out India for a paltry total of 107

Only 4 Indian batsmen could reach double figures.

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James Anderson of England celebrates dismissing Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The second Test between India and England finally started after the rain frustrated the fans on the first day. But to the dismay of the visitors, they lost the toss and what followed was an abject surrender by their batsmen. There was no application whatsoever from them as each one of them went fishing outside the off-stump. Only 35.2 overs play was possible on the rain-interrupted day which were enough for England to skittle their opponents for a total of 107 runs.

It all started with Murali Vijay being castled with a beauty of a delivery by James Anderson in the very first over after which KL Rahul followed suit by edging a harmless delivery to the wicketkeeper. The onus was now on Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli to bail the team out of the trouble. But they were engaged in a hilarious mix-up and the former was run-out unnecessarily.

Flurry of wickets in the final session

Rain gods, however, made their presence felt and kept the groundsmen on the tenterhooks all the time. At one stage, it looked like there would be no play, but the drainage system at the ground was exceptional as the final session of play was possible. Rahane and Kohli resumed the proceedings and denied England a wicket for almost an hour. They stitched a stand of 34 runs and the score of 49/3 looked a little better for India.

But Chris Woakes had other ideas as he bowled a corker of a delivery to get rid of the Indian captain and then it was like a one-way traffic completely. The other batsmen fell like nine pins like Edgbaston Test without showing any fight. Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik looked literally ordinary during their brief stays in the middle while Ajinkya Rahane also went fishing outside the off-stump after scoring a patient 18.

Ravi Ashwin looked comfortable of all. But by then the magician with the ball in these conditions was at work. After rattling the top order, he was back to torcher the tail and he went on to pick a sensational five-wicket haul. His figures of 5/20 suggested how much Indian batting struggled against him. Ashwin was the only batsman who was smart as he was the top scorer with 29 runs as India were bundled out for 107 only.

Only 4 of their batsmen reached the double figures and they will have to bowl extremely well now to limit the lead of the hosts on the third day. Despite the rain wasting most of the time, India’s abject batting display has given a huge advantage to England.

Here’s how Twitter reacted during the course of play:

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