LORD’s TEST REVIEW-2021
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“The way we played in the second innings after being put under pressure – Jasprit and Shami were outstanding. We had the belief we can get them out in 60 overs. The tension in the field in our second innings, what happened there, helped us. Putting their hand up was something we were really proud of, and we wanted to let them know,” said Virat Kohli in the post-match presentation.
In hindsight India’s victory at Lord’s yesterday may flatter you that it was a facile victory at the Home of Cricket but It was a hard fought victory. It was an Independence Day bonanza for India.
It was India’s tailender batsmen who got the victory for India with their bat and ball.
On the fourth day India was tottering at 181/6 with only Rishab Pant , the recognised batsman at the crease.
And soon England saw the back of Pant walking to the pavilion after he edged a delivery from Olie Robinson..
And the Indian tailenders were exposed with just 157 runs lead. And here Indian tailenders showed the grit and guts to stand up and challenge the England bowlers. First Ishant Sharma who showed some resistance and batted for a while adding some useful runs.
Then came the unbroken 89 runs partnership for the 9th wicket between Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah who hit their career best of 56 & 34 runs respectively and took the game away from England. This wicket partnership was priceless.
England lost the plot and the Indian tailender pair was piling on the agony of England players. They were at their wits end. The field placing was awful as both Shami and Bumrah were nudging singles and braces .
At 298/8 with a lead of 271 runs, the Indian captain declared the innings setting a tantalising total of 272 runs for England to chase in 60 overs.
England started the chase on a jarring note as both their openers were out for a duck and back in the pavilion. And they lost another two wickets before tea was taken.
After tea, India’s champion bowler, who bowled horribly in the first innings bowled a beautiful outswinger and Joe Root’s defence only saw the ball lobbed into the waiting hands of his counterpart Kohli who grabbed it with both hands. England’s main hope for the draw was gone.
And the situation would have been worse had the ever vigil Kohli taken a catch from Buttler. But the ball ballooned of his outstretched hands. Jos Buttler was just on 2 runs. The lady luck smiled on England’s team.
Buttler and Moeen Ali batted with abundant caution for more than an hour. But when Siraj came back for his second spell, he was highly motivated and straightaway stuck when his outswinger delivery saw Moeen edging it to Kohli at first slip. And Sam Curran, who was on King pair, edged an outgoing delivery to keeper, Siraj was on cloud nine. His double strike in the same over opened the gates for India to exploit the weaklink of England’s batting.
Then the obdurate pair of Buttler and Ollie Robinson saw their resistance and batted for almost an hour. Time was running out for India. Fortunately the light was not an issue.
Again the man of the hour stuck gold when his innocuous incoming delivery rapped on the left pad of Ollie Robinson. The vociferous appeal by Indian players were not conceded by Umpire. Then Kohli immediately referred it to TV Umpire. The TV Umpire stuck down the decision of the Umpire Richard Illingworth and asked him to reverse his original decision of Not Out.
So, England’s No.11 batsman James Anderson strolling to the wicket hanged around 2 balls of Siraj but his third ball saw it breached Anderson’s defence and he was bowled through the gates. There was rambunctious celebration by Indians as they picked up the stumps as souvenirs for their victory.
India won by 151 runs and lead the 5 match series by 1-0 with 3 matches yet to be played.
Earlier put into bat under overcast conditions, India had a rousing start with Rohit Sharma going great guns hitting all over the park and K.L. Rahul played the second fiddle. And after his exit at 126/1, it was K.L. Rahul who took control of the game played magnificently and hit a scintillating century ( 129 runs). And India finished with 364 runs. And Jimmy Anderson finished with fifer and Ollie Robinson & Mark wood also chipped in with couple of wickets each.
England with their captain Joe Root at his best piled up 391 runs with a masterful unbeaten by him ( 180*) and Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the bowler with 4 wickets.
The Century by K.L. Rahul gave India strong foundation in the batting and also won him the Player of the Match award.
It was India’s 3rd win out of the 19 tests played here at the Home of Cricket.