What a day of test cricket !! Coming after a great test match at Jamaica the previous day, this was as good an overseas test win as any by any team. India was focussed on saving the test at the start of the 5th day ,ended up crushing the fragile batting lineup of England to win in sensational fashion with 8 overs remaining for the day, one day after India’s independence.
Starting at 181/6, India were in the dumps after half an hour from the start of the 5th day at 209/8 with quick dismissals of last hope Rishabh Pant (22) caught behind of Robinson and Ishant Sharma lbw off Robinson with team just 182 ahead. The universe thought it will be a long hard battle for survival with the pitch still in a docile state.
However, Shami and Bumrah showed the guts missing in a few of the batters above them to put together a stand of 89 unbeaten runs in grand style by taking the attack to the opposition. It was a thrilling counter attack with ball hit to different parts of the Lords to the roar of ever-increasingly confident Indian supporters. Wood and Buttler’s jibes at the tailenders made them more determined as Shami (56*) completed a stunning 50 with a smashing 6 off Moeen while Bumrah (34*) hit his share of boundaries as India declared soon after lunch at 298/8.
That partnership and the attitude of a couple of England players had already riled up the Indian bowlers as they put everything into their bowling from the word go by knocking over their mediocre openers, both for nought. Burns got a leading edge of Bumrah, Sibley caught behind off Shami off a nick to a great delivery outside off. England 1/2.
Root came in and looked million dollars right from the start with glorious shots all around the ground while Hameed looked nervous still unable to come to terms with his test comeback at Lords.
Inshant served a double blow getting Hameed lbw with an inducker with the batsman unable to rescue himself through a review and finished on a disappointing 9 off 45 balls of scratchy batting. Bairstow (2) was lbw to Ishant off a review after umpire gave him not out just before tea and England were shaky at 67/4 with their frail batting exposed once again.
Immediately after tea, the huge knockout punch came from Bumrah as his outside off stump delivery was nicked by Root (33) to Virat who went for a blistering 200 metres sprint after holding the catch. The England captain was gone and now it’s surely game India with score at 67/5.
However, Buttler and Moeen hung on around 16 overs to raise England’s hopes of a draw. Buttler was dropped by Kohli off a sitter at 2 and now looked firm.
However, Mohammed Siraj was itching to make a mark and after an hour of defiance Moeen (13 off 42 balls) edged Siraj’s away going delivery to be caught by Kohli. Siraj got two in two with almost an identical delivery getting Sam Curran next ball and England slumped to 7/90.
Buttler and Robinson held on grimly for almost an hour and with 10 overs to go, England were raising hopes of a draw but Bumrah’s rapid delivery broke Robinson’s (9) gritty defence at 120/8. Now the rampant Siraj could not be stopped as he ripped off Buttler (25 off 96 balls)after his long vigil and knocked over Anderson in 3 balls to deliver India a sensational win against all odds. England lost by 151 runs, a result they must have never thought possible at the start of the day with India struggling at 181/6 overnight.
The fast bowlers specially Siraj ( 4/32 ) and Bumrah (3/33) were rampant and with great Indian crowd support and huge Indian celebrations at the fall of each wicket they completely routed England in the 2nd innings. Siraj had taken 8 wickets in the game, Ishant (2/13) took 5 wickets in the match to justify his contentious selection. Bumrah took 3 wickets and scored 34 not out in 2nd innings and Shami took 3 wickets and scored 56 not out in the 2nd innings. The four fast bowlers not only saved the day for India but came out with a stunning victory and the captain Virat Kohli was over the moon.
This batting debacle is sure to create mental scars amongst a battered England batting. The top 3 is non-existent and only Root looks their lone batter of international class.
For India, now they are on great momentum and are strong favourites to win the series by a big margin. They could have won at Trent Bridge had rains not spoiled the last day.
KL Rahul for his brilliant first innings batting was the player of the match.
India won by 151 runs
IND 1st Inns 364-10 (126.1 Ovs)
James Anderson 5/62
ENG 1st Inns 391-10 (128 Ovs)
IND 2nd Inns 298-8 d (109.3 Ovs)
Mark Wood 3/51
ENG 2nd Inns 120-10 (51.5 Ovs)
Joe Root(c) 33(60)
Jos Buttler(wk) 25(96)
Mohammed Siraj 4/32
Jasprit Bumrah 3/33