Indian captain Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for a collective performance from his boys during the second Test at the Lord’s. Earlier, the first Test ended in a disappointing draw. It is fair to say that India headed into Day 5 as clear-cut favourites in Nottingham.
The visitors managed to score 52/1 at the end of Day 4. They required 157 runs to win the first Test and they could have chased down the target had the rain not played spoilsport. Coming to the point, India won the second Test by 151 runs at the Home of Cricket.
It’s indeed a surreal feeling to script a remarkable victory at the Lord’s. Indian captain Virat Kohli can take pride in the fact that he won 2 Tests at Lord’s. The visitors batted well, bowled well and ticked the boxes in all aspects of the game.
Rightly so, they deservedly took a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series. KL Rahul was adjudged the Man of the Match for his batting heroics in the first innings. He accumulated 129 runs with the help of 11 boundaries and a six.
Rohit Sharma takes a scorcher at slip as India celebrate a massive win
Batting first, India posted 364 in the first innings. England responded with 391. Joe Root scored an unbeaten 180 including 18 boundaries. India declared the innings at 298/8 in the second innings with a lead of 271 runs. Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 61.
Mohammed Shami played his part by scoring 56*. In reply, Indian bowlers ripped through the defence of England’s batting line-up. Eventually, they were skittled out for 120. Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the bowlers as he took 8 wickets (4/94 and 4/32).
Meanwhile, when India dismissed 9 England players, they required just one wicket to pull off the ropes. James Anderson came out to bat with a clear intention of defending the balls. However, he was bowled by Siraj’s brilliant ball.
As it happened, the ball ricochetted off the off-stump and projected towards Rohit Sharma at slip. The veteran had his eyes on the ball and took a one-handed catch. Nobody must have noticed it because all were busy celebrating the memorable win.