Team India registered an emphatic 151-run victory against England in the second Test at Lord’s on Monday (August 16). With the win, India take 1-0 lead in the five-match series as the opening Test ended in a draw.

It was Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj who produced a terrific performance to help India outplay the hosts in a thrilling encounter at the Mecca of cricket.

If Bumrah stole the show with bat and ball (3/33 and 34*), Siraj (4/32) wasn’t ready to miss the opportunity to shine at the Home of Cricket as Team India registered their third-ever Test win at the Lord’s. Their first two wins at the iconic venue came in 1986 and 2014.

It all started with the mind-blowing 89-run 9th wicket partnership between Mohammed Shami (56*) and Bumrah that set the game up and swung the momentum right in India’s favour from a position wherein the hosts were looking favourites to take the game. Once the Indian team declared the innings, the morale of the team was sky-high and it was visible from the moment they stepped onto the field in the second session on Monday.

Bumrah struck in the very first over in England’s second innings to send back Rory Burns and that was the beginning of what turned out to be one of the best shows of fast bowling from the Indian team in recent times. To pick 10 wickets with all of them going to pacers on a wicket that was taking turn showed the kind of dominance that the Indian fast bowlers displayed.

While Siraj and Bumrah were the leaders, Ishant Sharma (2/13) and Shami (1/13) cannot be ignored for putting in the right support. It would have been an icing on the cake if Siraj had managed to take a hat-trick at the Lord’s, but he just missed out after picking two off two deliveries.

Having lost 4 wickets in the second session, England’s score read 67/4 after 22 overs at the tea interval, still needing to bat 38 overs in the final session to save the match. Jos Buttler (25) did try to fight a battle after skipper Joe Root departed for 33, but it wasn’t to be on Monday. Ollie Robinson (9* off 35 balls) did try to hang on with Buttler, but with Siraj sending back the dangerous English wicket-keeper batsman, it was all about keeping calm for the Indian bowlers and fielders.

Brief scores:

India 364 and 298/8 in 109.3 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 61, Mohammed Shami 56 not out, Cheteshwar Pujara 45, Jasprit Bumrah 34 not out, Mark Wood 3/51, Ollie Robinson 2/45, Moeen Ali 2/84) vs England 391 and 120 all out in 51.5 overs (Joe Root 33; Siraj 4/32 Bumrah 3/33).




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