India's lower-order script a magical turnaround with bat and ball to take India 1-0 up

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16 Aug 2021 | 06:30 PM
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India's lower-order script a magical turnaround with bat and ball to take India 1-0 up

A rattled England lost the plot earlier in the day and imploded under India's collective counterattack

It was a day of magic. Indian started the final day of the second Test at Lord's on the back foot, looking to avoid a certain loss, but the script took a fairytale ending at the end. India's world-class pace attack pulled off an incredible heist with the bat and then a magnificent performance with the ball to decimate England by 151 runs in the second Test here on Monday.

Mohammed Shami (56 no & 1/13 in 10 overs) and Jasprit Bumrah (34 & 3/33 in 15 overs) played innings of their lives and then rocked the England top-order, before Ishant Sharma (2/13 in 10 overs) and Mohammed Siraj (4/32) played their part to perfection to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. This is India's third Test match win at Lord's having won earlier in 1986 and 2014 series and they now have 14 points in the World Test Championship.

First Shami and Bumrah achieved the unthinkable of batting England out of the contest by conjuring a record ninth-wicket stand of 89 runs which took the team's total to 298 for 8 and made the target of 272 in two sessions look fairly impossible. Shami and Bumrah's special effort with the bat was duly applauded by the fellow teammates who came downstairs from the dressing room to welcome the duo.

"Super proud of the whole team. The way we stuck to our plans after being put in. The pitch didn't offer much in the first three days. First day was the most challenging. The way we played in the second innings after being put under pressure - Jasprit and Shami were outstanding. We had the belief we can get them out in 60 overs. The tension in the field in our second innings, what happened there, helped us. Putting their hand up was something we were really proud of and we wanted to let them know (ovation for Bumrah-Shami). Batting coach has worked really hard with the boys. They have the desire in them to do well for the team. We know how priceless those runs are," Kohli later said in the post-match presentation.

With the ball, they both were joined by the "daddy of the pace pack" Ishant as they had a serious shot at a memorable win after Joe Root's (33) dismissal of a "jaffa" from Bumrah had England on the mat at 67 for 5 just after tea. Before that Shami had bowled a leg-cutter for keeps to get Dom Sibley (0) and Bumrah had forced Rory Burns (0) to close his bat for a catch at short mid-off.

It could have been six down soon had Virat Kohli held onto the catch provided by Jos Buttler at first sip but it evaded his reverse cupped palms and Moeen Ali's edge didn't matter as Ravindra Jadeja over-stepped. But then Siraj bowled couple of superb successive outgoing deliveries to get Moeen (13) and Sam Curran (0) to make it 90 for 7 before picking up the final wicket of James Anderson.

Earlier, from a situation where a defeat looked imminent after Rishabh Pant's (22) early dismissal, Shami and Bumrah displayed never before seen resolve in a record stand with Ishant (16) also making a nice little contribution. The tail-enders between themselves accumulated 106 runs, something that India have been missing before the start of the series.

At the beginning of the fifth day, Pant charged down the track to smash James Anderson through the covers but Ollie Robinson bowled a beautifully delivery that moved late to induce an outside edge into the keeper's gloves. However once Nos 9 and 10 were at the crease, Root decided to spread the field anticipating a lot of aerial shots from the duo but to his horror and Indian dressing room's surprise, both were ready to put their heads down and play proper cricketing shots.

With Mark Wood bowling with deep point and deep mid-wicket, the singles came easily and both of them showed copybook forward defense to Moeen, someone who has troubled the top-order regularly. They were peppered with a few short balls and Bumrah also got hit on the helmet by Wood but he manfully carried on concentrating even more

Their 50-run stand was applauded generously by the Lord's crowd, mostly Indians but it was their change room that gave them a standing ovation. Once they had added 30-odd runs, Root understood that the aerial shot strategy had backfired and got back to the traditional two-slip and gully field. But by then, Bumrah's defence and Shami's attack had piled on England frustrations which led to some on-field altercation between the two Indians and rival skipper Root and his premier pacer Anderson.

Robinson also had a lot to say to Indian batsmen and when it was his turn to bat, the Indian captain was at his ears giving him a mouthful, calling him a "big mouth" and someone who is "only fit to play in England". Finally, Bumrah got him with a straight delivery and Siraj came back to wrap up a Test that would be remembered in times to come.

(With inputs from PTI)

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