England's skilful bowlers leave India facing point of no return

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England bowled out India for 130 runs in the second innings to win the second Test by an innings and 159 runs on the fourth day of the play on Sunday. Under leaden skies it was a good toss to win, but England exploited the conditions to the full - CricViz calculated that they found 1.2º of swing, the most they've found in any Test since Australia were decimated at Trent Bridge in 2015 - India simply had no answer.

Having conceded the first-innings lead by 289 runs, India's batting line-up could register only 130 runs in their second innings here to add to their first innings total of 107. Pandya bowls a ball outside off stump and it takes the edge of Bairstow's bat. A comic run out and almost three and a half hours of rain delay later, once again it fell to Virat Kohli to man the trenches against England's all out swing assault - once again his duel with Anderson demanded your attention.

That partnership helped England recover from a top-order collapse that saw them slump to 89 for four at lunch on the third day.

- It is the first time that England have won a Test match by an innings at Lord's since they beat Pakistan in 2010.

But the pick of the England attack this time was their other thoroughbred in Stuart Broad, who galloped in from the Pavilion End to take four wickets in a brilliant seven-over spell only ended by another untimely rain delay.

Joe Root won the toss on day 2 and with the kind of environment around the decision to bowl first nearly sealed the game in England's favour.

James Anderson then took over with the ball.

"For the first time in the last five Tests, we were outplayed", said captain Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation. Skipper Virat Kohli will be hoping big from the bowling unit namely pacer Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

"Not very proud of the way we played. You can't really think about the conditions, you have to counter them as and when they come to you". Jonny and Woakesy were magnificent.

Woakes struck an unbeaten 120 to take England to 357-6 and a 250-run lead over top-ranked India at stumps on Saturday.

The conditions were favourable to a side with four quick bowlers on form, and it was a superb toss to win, but England have shown, after a dismal winter a year ago, that they are capable of being a stunning side. Scoring a hundred and getting on the honour's board is something that'll stay with me a lot. I wish I'd soaked it in a little more. I am chuffed to bits for Woakesy to get a hundred.

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