“England had lost the plot” during the second Test says Lloyd
England vs India 5-match series is going on and fans cannot keep calm. When the teams entered the match on the fifth day, England was already a favorite and was predict to win. But England did not see Bumrah and Shami coming. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami put up such a fantastic fight for the ninth wicket of India that England did not recover. An unbeaten score of 89 runs was created out of this partnership. Which left England bereft of the victory that the English team and its fans were sure of. England lost the second test chasing 272 runs and Shami recorded his second Test fifty.
The hosts were bowl out for 120 in 51.5 overs. The team needed to last for 60 overs in the day which obviously couldn’t happen. England was suppose to win but was put on the defensive is a topic. That many experts have ventured since England lost to India.
David Lloyd has put forth his insights regarding the match and said that the team focused too much on intimidating Bumrah rather than getting him out. He said Bumrah appearing on the field was the end of the match for England because the team did not even try to get him out. He also said that tail-end partnerships are always special and “Bumrah and Mohammed Shami had fun at England’s expense”. Lloyd said it seemed like England had lost the plot of the game.
Not only India’s bowlers but the top order was also something that made India score points. KL Rahul scored a century and Rohit Sharma 83 runs. Then came Virat Kohli with his 42 runs in the first innings. The second inning brought Cheteshwar Pujara  and Ajinkya Rahane . Pujara and Rahane built a partnership of 100 runs which got India out of trouble.
England failed to bring the same magic with their opening batsmen. England had only Joe Root in the top order to provide some substance which was not even close to India’s top order. What disappointed Lloyd the most was the opening pair of Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns.
He said that it was the first time that both the England openers were out for nought in the same innings and that too in a home test. He said that he had been paying attention to the duo’s back shoulders. There is no way one can play in that manner at this level.