Team India’s courageous fightback ensures a massive win at the home of cricket

By Abhishek Srinivasan

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Team India has defeated England in the second Test at the Lord’s cricket ground. India managed to win the match by 150 runs in this seesaw of a contest. Virat Kohli was asked to bat by his English counterpart Joe Root early on in overcast conditions.

The India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul played magnificent knocks of 83 and 129 respectively. India put up a massive score of 364 in their first innings.

The England batting on the other hand was a one-man show as Joe Root remained not out scoring 180 runs. He looked solid throughout the innings as wickets were falling at regular intervals in the other end. England was bowled out by the Indian seamers for 391 runs with a lead of 27 runs.

India lost the openers early in their 2nd innings. Virat Kohli too fell for a meager 20 runs. Pujara and vice-captain Rahane held the fort as they played beautifully. Pujara scored 45 runs off 206 balls while Rahane scored 61 off 146 balls. Unfortunately, India lost 3 quick wickets towards the end of the 4th day.

The Shami-Bumrah show

When all hope seemed to be lost, Indian tailenders Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami led an unbelievable fightback. They were peppered with short balls aiming for their chest and helmet but that did not affect them in any way as they marched forward. Shami scored a beautiful half-century with the constant support from the other end in the form of Bumrah. They were unbeaten and took India to 298 runs, giving England a solid target of 272 to chase down in 60 odd overs.

The Indian pacers were all over the English batsmen

The Indian pace attack absolutely dismantling the English batsmen. They were on top of the batsmen in the entire innings. England got all out for 120. Apart from Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah also claimed three wickets. Mohammed Siraj led the Indian attack as they pulled off an extraordinary win in the game’s dying stages. bowled Jimmy Anderson and celebrated by removing the off-stump he had just clattered and wheeled around the outfield in delight at the home of cricket.

KL Rahul was given the man of the match award for his sublime knock in the first innings of 129 runs.

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