The second Test between England and India has been well and truly entertaining. Fans at the Lord’s stadium enjoyed every bit of drama and unforgettable riveting action. All the five days turned out to be an ultimate blockbuster as far as cricket fans are concerned.
Both the teams went toe-to-toe with each other. The game was so good that it was stretched to the final session of Day 5. The match witnessed so many moments as both teams were fighting for a victory to take the first lead in the Test series.
As it turned out, Team India came through with flying colours, without the shadow of any doubt. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s unbeaten 89-run partnership was indeed the turning point of the game. They stood against England bowlers and put Team India in a comfortable position.
India managed to aggregate 298/8 and extended a lead of 271 runs. With a comfortable lead already, India were in the driver’s seat against the hosts. Meanwhile, England got off to the worst possible start as they lost openers early on.
Virat Kohli perfectly sledges Ollie Robinson at the Lord’s
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami dismissed Rory Burns (0) and Dominic Sibley (0). It only added immense pressure on England. Haseeb Hameed, who made a comeback to the England Test team after six years got out for 9 after being dismissed LBW off Ishant Sharma.
Ishant continued to rip England’s batting line-up by dismissing Jonny Bairstow. After that, Mohammed Siraj made inroads at the right time as he picked up three crucial wickets. The 26-year-old pacer dismissed the likes of Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran.
Meanwhile, when Robinson came out to bat to save the team, Kohli welcomed him with a taste of his sledging. Virat Kohli told, “This guy (Ollie Robinson) laughed at me when I missed a cover drive. Now he is playing to save a home test.
How important is this innings in a test match? Come on then big mouth”. Robinson kept mum and had nothing to say. He tried his best to survive 34 deliveries before getting dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah.
Siraj took the last wicket of James Anderson to clean up England’s tail. The pacer took 4 wickets in the first innings and another four in the second innings. India won the game by 151 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The third Test begins at Leeds on August 25.