Pace bowler Mohammed Siraj led the seamers’ onslaught by snaring four wickets for India as England was chasing 272 were bowled out for 120 in 51.5 overs. All this went down on August 16 at the iconic Lord’s to lead 1-0 in the five-match series in the England vs India test match.
Mohammed Siraj was the last bowler in this match, taking the last wicket against Jimmy Anderson before uprooting the stumps and breaking out in a celebratory jig with his delighted teammates. India’s seamers had a big day as Jasprit Bhumrah also took three wickets. England’s batting was horrid as they were bowled out in two sessions after giving away a sure victory. In a match marked by heated verbal exchanges, the visitors bowled out the hosts in two sessions for 120 with 49 balls remaining. This humiliating victory sees India take the lead with three test matches still on the cards. The first Ind vs Eng Test match held at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, between August 4 and August 8, 2021, ended in a dramatic draw marred by erratic weather.
In this England vs India 2nd Test which began on Sunday, England won the toss and elected to bowl, but they could not deny wicket-keeping batsman K.L Rahul a player of the match performance as he smashed 129 runs. England looked to be in control of proceedings as the second day of the match began, but India’s lower-order turned the tide to leave England crumbling in the last hour. Bhumrah and Mohammed Shami outdid themselves taking out Rory Burns and Don Sibley for ducks. However, England’s overreliance on big-hitter Joe Root proved to be their Achilles’ heel as India’s tactical bowling led to Root amassing a paltry 33 runs.
India began the day 154 runs ahead after England’s unrelenting display when play came to a close on Sunday evening. It was up to wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and the remaining bowlers to contend with the second new ball. Rishabh has proven himself against English opposition as recently as February during England’s tour of India. But on this occasion, England got him early when he nicked behind on the forward defensive. By then, India was 167 ahead with three wickets in hand.
India had taken a chance by playing four bowlers on Sunday, replacing the injured Shardul Thakar with pure bowler Ishant Sharma and benching all-rounders R Ashwin and A Patel. Instead, India dug their heels in and garnered 104 runs after Bhurmi and Shami combined for 89 runs from the ninth wicket. India finished that first session having gone at more than four an over dimming England’s chances.
The second session saw Root caught out by Virat Kohli, leaving the game on the shoulders of the other English batters. Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, and Sam Curran were left with the task of wrestling victory from India, but India’s bowlers were clinical, and they made short work of them. Siraj was on hand to dispatch the three batters. The final play was Siraj going full and knocking off the stumps as Anderson watched in dismay.
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