Top Topple: How the Indians went back to the pavilion

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2014 12:18 IST

Put in to bat on a green Lord’s pitch, the familiar weaknesses of the India batsmen were to the fore despite the England bowlers’ inconsistency.

After falling for 12 and 29 on a flat Trent Bridge pitch, he was under pressure. He tried to leave repeatedly but James Anderson squared him up with one that pitched up, the edge flying to Ballance at 3rd slip.

He kept leaving everything outside off but the hard work was undone when a delivery straightened as he tried to play to the legside, the edge going to Ballance at third slip.

Started fluently but was dropped by keeper Matt Prior just before lunch. But Anderson’s masterly swing and perfect length got him, Prior taking the edge low to his right.

Blocked or left almost everything, but again fell after getting his eye in like in the first Test. Was completely beaten by a Ben Stokes delivery that nipped back and went between a defensive bat and pad to hit middle stump.

Had little chance to survive without right technique on a tricky pitch and it went that way as he faced 17 balls for one run before Broad forced a thin edge after the skipper pushed forward to one outside off.

Round the wicket, Moeen Ali skided one on, Jadeja was forward and got caught in front of the wicket. That was hitting middle two thirds of the way up.

Anderson's full delivery caught him low on the thigh pad. Unfortunate decision as replays showed ball going over the stumps.

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