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India vs England 2nd Test : Pacers script India's third win at Lord's, take 19 England wickets

India beat England by 151 runs in the Lord's test on a gripping Day 5.

Ind vs Eng 2nd Test Day: India beat England by 151 runs as host bowled out for 120 runs while chasing 272 runs on day 5.
Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev are two Indian captains with multiple Test wins in England. (Source: ©BCCI/Twitter)

Brief Scores: India 289/8 dec (Rahane 61, Shami 56, Wood 3/51) and 364 beat England 120 (Root 33, Siraj 4/32, Bumrah 3/33) and 391 by 151 runs.

Third Test victory for India at Lord’s, emotions run high as Team India turn the game in their favour to win from a dubious position. A rivalry developing amidst a close contest sees India come out on top, after what can be called an enthralling day 5 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

India started the day at 181/6, only 154 runs ahead with no batsmen to follow and an entire day of cricket to be played. India seemed to find themselves in deeply troubled waters with hopes to hang on and play out the game for an ‘optimistic’ draw.

All hinged on Rishabh Pant but wait there is more to the story

One would assume the game plan going into day 5 would be for the lower order batsmen to bat around Rishabh Pant, with the latter harboring more of the strike and attacking at deliveries in his arc. As cricket would have it, a see-saw close game held another turn with Pant getting out early, playing a slightly off-stump line to Ollie Robinson in the third over of play.

Lower order batting being a highlighted talking point from the Indian dressing room, showcased more than talk with their resilient character to stand up in the face of an almost forsaken position. Ishant Sharma added 16 crucial runs before Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah held together a 89-run (120 balls) partnership, playing out the entire session before lunch, not only eliminating the possibility of a loss but also placing the team at an advantageous position with the possibility of bowling the opposition over before end of play.

Shami-Bumrah show

England, on a high after getting the wicket of Pant, placed their fielders at deep catching positions with the presumption of the lower order bats to swing around miscued shot towards them. The character of Team India to rise up in situations of crisis featured the two premier fast bowlers – Shami and Bumrah - coming onto the crease with batsmen’s mindset, defending good deliveries and taking the singles on offer.

In the face of the ever-ticking scoreboard, it seemed like England had lost the plot, bowling deliveries which were directed at the batsmen rather than the stumps. Drama was not short on the last day with the lower order bats fired up and showing their intent with their words as well as with the bat. Shami driving the ball on the up, hit lovely cover boundaries throughout his innings to bring up a game-changing half century.

Bumrah scored his highest Test score of 34*. He got fired up after a war of words with Jos Buttler and there was no looking back from that point as he along with Shami stitched India’s highest ninth wicket partnership for India against England in England amounting to 89* runs eclipsing the previous record for that wicket which was held by Kapil Dev and Madan Lal.

Dev and Lal had added 66 runs at Lord’s in 1982. It is also noteworthy that the Bumrah-Shami stand is the second-highest for the ninth wicket for India against England and stands just below the 104-run stand between Ravi Shastri and Madan Lal for the ninth wicket in Delhi in 1981.

India set England 272 runs to win in 60 possible overs

India declared two overs post lunch, giving England a target of 272 and themselves 60 overs to bowl out the opposition. Conditions playing favors to the Indian team this time around gathered cloud covers right before the hosts came out to bat. A dream start for India saw the two English openers, Rory Burns and Dom Sibley, out for ducks within the first two overs.

Haseeb Hameed and English Captain Joe Root came under severe pressure