India had won the first Test by a huge margin and looked set to take a 2-0 lead in the series. However, England fought back well and took an unexpected victory in the second Test at Lord’s.
The tourist destination in india was a great game of cricket. England won the second Test by just 2 runs at Lord’s.
|India 364 (Rahul 129, Anderson 5-62) & 298-8 dec (Rahane 61)|
|England 391 (Root 180*) & 120 (Siraj 4-32)|
|India won by a margin of 151 runs.|
England lost the second Test against India at Lord’s by 151 runs, one of their poorest home performances in recent memory.
England’s bowling was flayed by the India tail before their batting capitulated to 120 all out on the last day, from a position where they began the final day as slight favourites.
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, two true tailenders, put up an 89-run ninth-wicket partnership in front of a boisterous Indian crowd.
When India declared on 298-8, Shami was on 56 not out and Bumrah was undefeated on 34, giving England an improbable 272 to win or 60 overs to survive.
They were quickly reduced to 1-2 when openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley were removed for ducks, and optimism evaporated when Jonny Bairstow and, most importantly, skipper Joe Root were both dismissed in the space of four balls separated by tea.
Jos Buttler, who faced 96 deliveries for 25, shared 16 overs with Moeen Ali and 12 with Ollie Robinson, on each side of a king pair from Sam Curran.
However, Robinson and Buttler fell in consecutive overs before Mohammed Siraj bowled last man James Anderson for 4-32, giving India a 1-0 lead with three Tests remaining.
England’s deplorable state has reached a new low.
Disappointing England Test performances have grown frequent, particularly in other parts of the world. They’ve also been knocked out for 85 and 67 runs at home by Ireland and Australia, but they’ve won both games.
The manner in which they threw away a real opportunity of win, one that came after they were second best in the drawn first Test and let India to reach 276-3 on day one here, is what makes this loss so awful.
During the Shami-Bumrah stand, their methods were utterly perplexing. England chose to target Anderson rather than the stumps on the third evening, maybe pulled in by the drama of Anderson being blasted by Bumrah. It was too late by the time they changed their minds.
Furthermore, the contentious character of the match – there were many verbal confrontations between the two teams – appeared to galvanize India, while England wilted.
Sure enough, when England came in to bat to save the match on a surface with only sporadic signs of uneven bounce, they were swept away, much to the joy of the throngs of India supporters inside a raucous Lord’s.
England has now gone seven Tests without a victory and will be looking for a reaction when the teams meet again on August 25 at Headingley. India, on the other hand, will be difficult to stop.
Lord’s lamp is lit by Shami and Bumrah.
India’s hopes appeared to depend on the swashbuckling Rishabh Pant, who had India 181-6 overnight – 154 ahead.
It’s hard to believe Shami and Bumrah – guys who averaged 11 and three in Test cricket, respectively – could lead them to a declaration.
Despite this, England lost their cricketing wits when Robinson had Pant caught behind for 22 and Ishant Sharma trapped lbw for three, dispersing the field and rarely producing a ball targeted at the top of off stump.
Despite the fact that Bumrah started out with some reckless swipes, Shami remained composed throughout. Bairstow missed a half-chance at midwicket when Shami was on 31, and Root shelled a simple ball at slip from Moeen when Bumrah had 22 as England grew more agitated.
Shami reached his second Test half-century in 57 balls when he lifted Moeen over mid-wicket for six, giving both players their best scores. Overall, the ninth-wicket duo averaged 4.5 runs per over.
India was the only team with a genuine chance of winning by the time the declaration came in the second over after lunch, while England was completely disorganized.
England has surrendered.
Bumrah and Shami were virtually certain to do early damage given their enjoyment with the bat and England’s frail batting.
It was the first time in an England home Test innings that both of their openers had fallen for ducks when Burns received a leading edge off Bumrah and Shami delivered a wicked away-swinger to remove Sibley’s edge. Sibley must be in serious risk of missing the third Test.
Root, who scored an undefeated 180 in the first innings, was unable to rescue his side. In the first over after tea, he was caught at first slip by Bumrah, and England seemed to be defeated.
Despite the fact that Buttler was dropped by first slip Virat Kohli off Bumrah and Moeen was caught behind off a Ravindra Jadeja no-ball, they still needed the luck of Buttler being dropped by first slip Virat Kohli off Bumrah and Moeen was caught behind off a Ravindra Jadeja no-ball.
Curran became the first player to return two golden ducks in a Lord’s Test as Moeen and Curran edged consecutive Siraj deliveries.
However, when Buttler was lbw on review to a superb Bumrah slower ball from behind the wicket, it signaled the start of the final three wickets falling in seven deliveries.
Siraj got Buttler behind then bowled Anderson with a beauty, sending the speed bowler on a run to start the celebrations for a historic India win.