Points to highlights in England vs India match
On the first day of the 2nd test, the Indian team scored well to chase with the help of the century of KL Rahul but on the second day, England’s captain Joe Root turns the table on India.
With the hope of victory England’s bowlers made a great comeback with ferocious speed and skills which leads to the crumbling of the Indian Batting line-up and the British team’s successes in stopping KL Rahul and the team with minimum ease.
With just 2 balls needed to end Day 3, Mohammed Shami made sure he took the last wicket for India to start afresh on Day 4 at Lord’s in the 2nd Test in London. England, courtesy to skipper Joe Root lead by 27 runs. This was his second consecutive century of the series as he remained not out till the very end. He missed his double ton by 20 runs as he stayed at 180.
England scored 391 and saw a lot of drama take place post-tea. At the tea break, England’s score read 314/5 and was still trailing the visitors by just 50 runs now. Root (132*) and Moeen Ali were unbeaten at the crease.
Thus Mohammad Siraj saved the day for the Indian team with the help of 4 wickets in 94 runs in 26 overs and the day ended with All out England at 391 runs and took the lead of 27 runs over India’s 364 runs
England Squad captain Joe Root is the Player of the Match “It was a great Test match, the weather’s robbed us of what would have been an entertaining final day. Even 40 overs could have given us something exciting. Hopefully, we can take some of the good stuff we’ve done this week into the rest of the series. Felt like there were going to be nine opportunities, it was just about making the game go long enough and make sure we had our catchers in.”
He additionally added “It’s a shame the weather sort of won today. There are certain areas we want to keep working on, we obviously want to score more runs at the top of the order, and taking the chances we create, but Test cricket is challenging. We need to keep working on our game, and also keep the fun element in there. We’re going to have to deal with [the schedule, the shifts in format] as long as we have this schedule. It helps to have experience. It’s a little harder for the younger guys, but none of us in the dressing room are using it as an excuse.”
Virat Kohli the India captain gave his response to reporters that “We were expecting rain on day 3 and 4, and it chooses to arrive on day 5 when we were looking to have a good crack at the target. We wanted to start strong, and heading into day five we felt we had the chance right in front of the ball.”
He also said that “We certainly felt we were right on top, and it’s a shame we couldn’t complete day five. We got to 50 overnight, a real positive for us. It wasn’t just about survival, it was about getting the boundaries when we got the chance. It’s the hard work of three-odd weeks (the lower-order batting). They were in the nets regularly, and we got a lead of 95 purely from their efforts. I think they did a tremendous job with the bat.”
England vs India
England (Playing XI): Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj