India vs England 2nd Test: Team India scripted an emphatic win against England at Nottingham by 151 runs. Virat Kohli & co. also took a lead of 1-0 in the five-match Test series after bowling out England on 120 runs in the fourth innings. The Indian bowlers produced match-winning spells, especially Mohammad Siraj, who finished as the highest wicket-taker for India in the 2nd Test.
This was India’s first win at Lord’s after the epic victory at the same venue in 2014 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy scripting a historic win.
England after winning the toss put the visitors on to bat first, and the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul too started off the Indian innings at a steady pace. India put up 364 runs in the first innings, with KL Rahul scoring his 6th century (129 runs) in Test cricket. For hosts, James Anderson took 5/62 during India’s first innings.
England in its response scored 391 runs, and a lead of 27 runs riding on skipper Joe Root’s unbeaten180-run knock. Except for him, only Jonny Bairstow (57 runs) and Rory Burns (49 runs) put up a respectable score on their names before falling trap to the Indian bowlers.
For India, Mohammad Siraj picked 4/94 in the second innings, while Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami picked 3/69 and 2/95, respectively.
India vs England Day 4 setbacks and comeback:
India vs England: Day 4 was India’s chance to put up a stiff total and take command of the game, however, openers failed to exemplify the same performance of how they played in the first innings. Virat Kohli too got out on 20 runs after directing the catch to Joss Buttler off Sam Curran’s delivery.
But Cheteshwar Pujara (45 runs) and Ajinkya Rahane (61 runs) saved the inning collapse for the side. That followed by tail-enders Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s 62-run partnership also enabling the lead of visitors to 271 runs.
Shami scored his maiden half-century (56* runs) while Bumrah, who in the first Test showed some good batting skills, continued to embrace runs with an unbeaten 34 runs in the 3rd innings.
Bowlers steal it off from hosts
Chasing down the total of 272 runs, hosts suffered an early jolt, as Bumrah and Shami removed the openers on duck. Haseeb Hameed who was picked for this game too failed to deliver after getting trapped on LBW off Ishant Sharma’s delivery.
Soon after Bumrah removed the in-form Joe Root for 33 runs, saw the collapse of England’s innings. The batting department that already looked in shambles ever since England lost to NZ at home continued to haunt the hosts. The Indian bowlers took over as England batsmen choked to the pressure and got all out on 120 runs, thereby lost the game by 151 runs.
Following the win, India is now 1-0 in the five-match Test and KL Rahul was named as Player of the Match for his 129-run knock.
Brief Scores: India 364 (Rahul 129, Rohit 83, Anderson 5-62) & 298 for 8 dec. (Rahane 61, Shami 56*, Wood 3-51) beat England 391 (Root 180*, Bairstow 57, Siraj 4-94) & 120 (Root 33, Siraj 4-32, Bumrah 3-33) by 151 runs
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