Jimmy Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in English conditions taking 5-20 as England bowled out India for a miserly 107 on the second day of the second Test at Lord’s, but it was a ‘selfish’ move from Virat Kohli that had Indian fans up in arms.
After the entire first day was lost to rain, further wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India in to bat on Friday.
Root was clearly hoping that the lingering damp and overcast conditions would benefit Anderson and the 36-year-old took full advantage with some outstanding swing bowling.
It was the sixth time that Anderson has produced a five wicket haul at Lord’s and he now has 99 Test wickets at the famous London venue.
For much of the day, thanks again to the weather, it looked as though the fans were going to be restricted to just over eight overs of cricket but then the weather cleared in the evening and India must have wished the rain had stuck around.
In the brief morning session, Anderson got England off to a fine start, clean bowling opener Murali Vijay before removing Lokesh Rahul, who was caught behind by keeper Jonny Bairstow.
After a rain delay, things got really ugly for the visitors.
Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was run out by England debutant Ollie Pope, after a mix-up with Virat Kohli.
After a light shot to point from Pujara, Kohli began running to the dangerous striker’s end, but soon changed his mind as he realised the risk of the situation.
Instead of taking on the challenge himself, the divisive skipper turned around and headed back towards bowler’s end, leaving Pujara stranded, with nowhere to go.
Fans on social media were blowing up over Kohli’s role in the dismissal.
Hate me or abuse me for this, when it comes to saving his wicket courtesy of a run out, no bigger selfish cricketer than Kohli. Not for first time not the last time. Feel for Pujara who was grinding it out..
— Anas (@AnasMagnificent) August 10, 2018
Pujara's run out was Kohli's fault.
Kohli's form or reputation are irrelevant. It was his fault.
Pujara could have kept running and crossed Kohli.
That he didn't is to his credit
Had the situation been reversed, Pujara would've been crucified for running Kohli out in this manner
— cricketingview (@cricketingview) August 10, 2018
To paraphrase Bapu, first they ignore you, then they select you, then they run you out … #ENGvIND
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) August 10, 2018
Virat Kohli is involved in 5 run outs in Tests. He himself has been out only once, his partner was out on 4 occasions. #EngvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 10, 2018
Disastrous for India as yet. Rain has provided relief from agony. Pujara's wicket was a gift & Kohli wont be happy with his own role in it
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 10, 2018
Pujara finally got selected for this match but Kohli got him run out. Rains came in just in time so we couldn't see Pujara's tears. #ENGvIND
— Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) August 10, 2018
Virat Kohli loves Shikhar Dhawan so much that he made sure that Dhawan comes back in place of Pujara in next match.
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) August 10, 2018
Disgusting Indian Captain. Kohli has run out pujara just to prove his point for not taking Pujara in first test. #ENGvIND
— Akshay (@AkshayKatariyaa) August 10, 2018
In 95% instance of Run Out with Kohli on the crease its Kohli's fault be it Rohit, Dhawan, Rahane or Pujara on the other end
Miscommunicates with everyone and always becomes selfish
— Namanᴳᴼᴸᴰ (@ImNaman45) August 10, 2018
That easy wicket for England left India at 3/15.
When play resumed after a rain delay, seamer Chris Woakes, brought in to replace Ben Stokes, who is at a court hearing in Bristol, got the prize wicket of the India skipper for 23 leaving the tourists, who trail 1-0 in the series, at 49 for four.
Only off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, batting at number eight, provided any real resistance, making 29 in a 49-minute knock before he was trapped lbw by Stuart Broad.
Anderson, who had generated movement off the seam as well as an impressive amount through the air, finished off the Indians – and secured his five wicket performance – by removing Ishant Sharma.
Both teams had made changes from the first Test with India making two changes from Edgbaston and opting for a twin spin bowling attack.
Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was brought in for seamer Umesh Yadav, joining Ashwin in the slow bowling department.
Batsman Pujara was brought in for Shikhar Dhawan.
As expected England gave a Test debut to 20-year-old Surrey batsman Pope, who has competed in only 15 first-class matches but takes the place of the dropped Dawid Malan.