India clinch win in Lord’s classic

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In a stunning turnaround, India beat England by 151 runs to win the second Test and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series in Lord’s.

The odds were in favour of England but Virat Kohli’s men displayed great fighting spirit and wrote a golden chapter in the history of Indian cricket.

Bumrah Shami batting show

India’s long batting tail has been criticised in the past but it wagged vigorously on Day 5 to hand over the initiative to the visitors.

A lot was expected out of Rishabh Pant and he looked full of intent.

For example, Pant charged down the track to smash James Anderson through the covers for a four, which showed his aggressive mindset.

However he perished soon after as Ollie Robinson’s delivery moved late to induce an outside edge into the keeper’s gloves.

England must have smelt blood as India was 194 for 7.

Ishant Sharma also fell for 16, leg before to Robinson as India was reduced to 209 for 8.

That’s when India found its unlikely duo of batting heroes – Shami and Bumrah.

They achieved the unthinkable by batting England out of the contest by putting together a record stand of 89 which took team’s total to 298 for 8.

England was left to chase 272 in just 60 overs on a Day 5 wicket which was next to impossible.

Mohammed Shami (56 not out) and Jasprit Bumrah (34 not out) played the innings of their lives, in the most famous Test venue in the world.

It was Shami’s second fifty in international cricket.

They were peppered by a few short balls and Bumrah also got hit on the helmet by Wood but that he kept going.

Their special effort was duly applauded by the fellow teammates who came downstairs from the dressing room to welcome the duo.

The tail-enders between themselves accumulated 104 runs, something that India have been missing for some time.

Root made a tactical error by spreading the field expecting a lot of aerial shots from the duo.

However, this back-fired as the Indians batted cautiously, milked the bowling for singles and played only proper cricketing shots.

England collapse

Bumrah and Shami continued to shine with the ball.

They nabbed Rory Burns and Dom Sibley for ducks in the first two overs to seize control and put England under pressure.

Next, Ishant caught Hameed deep in the crease with an in-coming delivery.

Jonny Bairstow also fell leg before to Ishant, with an assist from DRS to leave England tottering at 67 for 4 at tea.

Just three balls after tea, when Joe Root (33) fell to Bumrah’s incoming delivery, caught at slip by Kohli, England were staring at defeat at 67 for 5.

It could have been six down soon had Virat Kohli held onto the catch provided by Jos Buttler at first sip but it evaded his reverse cupped palms.

However Siraj stepped in with a couple of brilliant out-going deliveries to get rid of Moeen Ali (13) and Sam Curran (0) to make it 90 for 7.

Bumrah accounted for Robinson with a straight delivery and Siraj wrapped up the match by ending Jos Buttler’s dogged resistance before snapping up James Anderson.

Chasing 272, England were bowled out for 120 in 51.5 overs.

Mohammad Siraj was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets for 32.

This is India’s third Test match win at Lord’s having won earlier in 1986 and 2014.

They now have six points in the World Test Championship.

India 181 for 6 (Rahane 61, Pujara 45, Wood 3-40, Ali 2-52) and 364 lead England 391 by 154 runs


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