The second Test match of the ongoing series between India and England was won by India at Lord’s. They take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The Indian team has won at Lord’s for the third time. The first victory came in 1986 under the leadership of Kapil Dev and the second was in 2014 with MS Dhoni as the skipper.
The bowlers were the stars of the day. When one hears the phrase “bowlers doing the job,” one instantly thinks of bowlers who have bowled very well but in yesterday’s win, the bowlers contributed with the ball as well as with the bat.
On Day 3, England grabbed a 27-run lead thanks to skipper Joe Root’s 180-run innings. The very next day, India lost early wickets in the form of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
But the experience and resilience of Pujara and Rahane put India in a good position. However, after putting up a 100-run stand, the duo departed in quick succession. Soon Jadeja perished and Ishant Sharma joined Rishabh Pant in the middle.
Day 5 began with Pant being dismissed in the fifth over of the day, putting the onus on the tailenders to give India a winning lead. Mohammed Shami came out in the middle and the two put up a 15-run partnership before Ishant was dismissed LBW. Jasprit Bumrah walked out to bat at number 10 in the second test match, looking to repeat his performance from the first. Bumrah opened the partnership with a four off Mark Wood. The England bowlers started to look tense as the partnership steadied on with Shami and Bumrah getting heavy on the England bowlers, hitting fours, taking singles and doubles.
Shami completed his second Test fifty with a 92m hit over the fence off Moeen Ali. Soon after his fifty India declared with a massive lead of 271 runs, with Shami finishing with 56 runs and Bumrah with 34 runs, ensuring that they would either win this match or draw it.
England got out for 120 runs with Bumrah and Siraj sharing 7 wickets between them.
Today’s contribution of 89-runs for the ninth wicket was a reminder of the recent heroics done by the bowlers of India while batting. Be it Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar’s half-centuries at the Gabba or Deepak Chahar’s fighting 69 runs vs Sri Lanka at the recently concluded India vs Sri Lanka series. Shardul and Deepak both credited MS Dhoni for the improvement in their batting skills as they play under his leadership for CSK.
In the recent past, India’s lower batting order was the weakest amongst all the major teams, but the year 2021 has shown some shining light as the bowlers have won the matches with batting performances. We hope they continue to do the same.
The third Test match is scheduled to start from 25th August at Headingley, Leeds.