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"First time in last five Test matches we've been outplayed", were skipper Virat Kohli's words, but this has been India's fourth defeat in as many Tests outside Asia and while Kohli, the batsman, can take a lot of pride with two hundreds and two fifties against his name during this period, Kohli, the captain, is let down by his batsmen during India's last five Tests outside Asia even as the team's bowlers have largely done a fine job.

India's media on Monday lashed out at "abysmal batting" that led to a crushing innings defeat by England in the second Test at Lord's.

This was after England declared their first innings at 396 for seven in 88.1 overs, taking a 289-run lead. Woakes and Anderson conceded just 14 more runs as they shared the final four wickets - India were comprehensively beaten.

Caught in unfavourable conditions, not reading what the opposition threw saw India lose the Lord " s Test tamely without showing a fight.

Asked if England's players had blocked out the trial, Bayliss said; "The results speak for themselves".

"An all-round performance by England".

"But clearly as we have seen from the start of the ODI series, they are in love with London". Chris Woakes was named the "Man of The Match" for his "outstanding" performance with both the bat and ball. But India's plan to drop Umesh and pick Kuldeep in the second Test, when the overhead conditions and the weather were demanding a third pacer's inclusion in the playing XI, backfired.

"To get to a position where we could declare after Jonny and Woakesy's magnificent partnership, I am chuffed to bits for Woakesy to get a hundred", said Root.

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VVS Laxman, who has been quite active on Twitter in the recent past, hoped that Kohli and company will learn from the mistakes and put forth a much better performance in the third Test match.

Bounding in with vigour and determination after replacing James Anderson at the Pavilion End, Broad dismissed captain Kohli (17) and wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik (0) off consecutive balls in the second innings.

As well as reaching the Lord's milestone, the dismissal - Anderson's 96th against India - made him the highest wicket-taker in test matches between the two nations.

Vijay's fellow opener KL Rahul fell for 10 when lbw to Anderson.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane could add only 18 runs after the break before Stuart Broad dismissed the latter.

"They were in the game for a long time last Test (at Edgbaston) but the back injury to Kohli is a concern, the fingers of (Ravichandran) Ashwin took a blow, the rest of their batting line-up continues to fail and there are no practice games in between".

Kohli, needing prolonged on-field treatment, fell for 17 when caught by debutant Ollie Pope at short-leg off Broad.