Exciting? Dramatic? Incredible? No matter what you say, this is the beauty of Test cricket.
On the last day of the fight, the match has leaned towards England and again towards India. In the end, India won the Lord’s Test by an incredible victory by defeating England by 151 runs.
England batted for 272 runs to win. The drama froze before the tea break. The Indian bowlers got a good taste of tea, leaving England with 4 wickets for 6 runs. Joe Root, who scored a century in the previous innings, is still unbeaten on 33 runs.
After the start of the last session, Yashpreet Bumra picked up Root (33) in the first over. England, who lost 5 wickets for 6 runs, was just beating then. Only Josh Butler and Moin Ali are batsmen. The Indian bowlers could have ended the match earlier if they had not got ‘life’ from Virat Kohli in Butler’s slip for two runs.
With about 8 overs left in the day’s play, Butler was leading the match with 25 runs off 96 balls. But Mohammad Siraj thought of something else. In one over, Siraj picked up Butler and eleventh batsman Jimmy Anderson to give India a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Siraj, who took 4 for 32 in England’s second innings, bowled brilliantly. England were all out for 120 in their second innings. England lost a total of 5 wickets on the way to being all out for 90 to 120 runs for 5 wickets. Siraj took 4 wickets.
England lost the last 3 wickets without scoring a run! 1 wicket boomer, the other 2 wickets of Siraj.
In the sixth wicket, Moin and Butler broke the solid partnership of 25 runs from 93 balls by lifting Moin (13). Siraj brought Sam Karen back to India with the next ball.
Even then, Butler made one last attempt by biting his teeth. But in the 52nd over too, with two wickets in hand (Butler and Anderson), Siraj won India alone. The pacer took 6 wickets in two innings.
Butler put on a 30-run stand off 8 balls for the eighth wicket with newcomer Oli Robinson. Boomers picked up Robinson who scored 9 off 35 balls. The pacer took 3 wickets for 33 runs. Ishant Sharma took 2 wickets for 13 runs.
Earlier in the day, Mohammad Shami and Bumra increased India’s lead by averaging 79 off 120 balls for the ninth wicket in India’s second innings. Shami was unbeaten on 58 off 60 balls. Boomera held the other end with 34 runs off 64 balls. After declaring the second innings at 298 for 6, the Indian bowlers needed just 51.5 overs to bowl out England.
The third Test of the series is on August 25 at Headingley.