India claim stunning win over England after gripping final day at Lord’s

Home side were favourites going into the final day but lost by 151 runs

 Mohammed Siraj of India  celebrates the wicket of England’s Jos Buttler  with KL Rahul during the fifth day of the second Test at Lord’s. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Mohammed Siraj of India celebrates the wicket of England’s Jos Buttler with KL Rahul during the fifth day of the second Test at Lord’s. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

 

5th day: India 364 (KL Rahul 129, R Sharma 83, J Anderson 5-62) & 298-8 dec (A Rahane 61, M Shami 56no) bt England 391 (J Root 180no, J M Bairstow 57, M Siraj 4-94) & 120 (M Siraj 4-32) by 151 runs

The fifth day at Lord’s must surely go down one of the most intense ever witnessed in the ground’s 207-year history, England arriving with thoughts of victory only to suffer a truly harrowing and heavy defeat to this remarkable India side.

Over the course of three sessions an utter maelstrom of Test cricket unfolded out in the middle. The two sets of players snarled at each other throughout and it wasn’t until 6.35pm, when Mohammed Siraj sealed the victory through the detonation of Jimmy Anderson’s off stump, that some semblance of peace broke out.

England were just 49 balls from safety but there was daylight between them and their opponents on the day. Joe Root’s side had been set an improbable 272 to win in 60 overs courtesy of a maddening unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 89 from Mohammed Shami (56) and Jasprit Bumrah (34), before crumbling to 120 all out in response.

Bumrah was instrumental in securing the 1-0 lead, India’s bullwhip fast bowler’s earlier heroics with the bat followed by figures of three for 33 that included the key removal of Root after tea for a top score of 33.

Siraj ripped through the lower middle order to claim four for 32, while Ishant Sharma’s two afternoon strikes were vital.

But as much as the Indian seam attack refused to relent, and KL Rahul was awarded player of the match for his first innings 129, this third Test victory at Lord’s for India was very much one in the image of their captain, Virat Kohli. For England it represented a first defeat in a match with one of Root’s 22 centuries, with the smiles that followed his unbeaten 180 making way for a stony-faced admission that tactically he came up short.

This transpired during a morning that defied all predictions and saw India declare on 298 for eight after lunch. It was said the destiny of the match would hinge on Rishabh Pant’s wicket and when Ollie Robinson had him caught behind for 22, and trapped Ishant lbw for 16, India sat 209 for eight. The lead was 182 and England were two cheap tailend wickets away from a target even they wouldn’t decline.

Yet come lunch Shami and Bumrah were marching through the Long Room like war heroes, the pair having not just shown courage under fire but returned it with interest to bat their hosts out of the contest. England had foolishly been suckered into seeking retribution for Bumrah’s roughing up of Anderson on the third evening and the upshot here was 105 runs leaked in the session.

There was a clear plan to get in Bumrah’s face upon arrival and the verbals began to fly. Jos Buttler was in the thick of it here and even Kohli, 80 yards away on the balcony, chipped in. This aggression came with a bouncer plan to be enacted by Mark Wood but with Root spreading the field as if Pant were in their sights, singles opened up and two statistical rabbits got away from the England captain like he was Mr McGregor.

Bumrah wore two blows to the helmet but it was Root’s head that was left spinning, the England captain seemingly distracted by their impish defiance when he dropped Bumrah at slip on 22 off Moeen Ali. Had it stuck India would have been 257 for nine – 230 ahead and perhaps already out of sight – but instead Shami closed off the morning by carving the off-spinner for a four and a six to bring up his second Test half-century.

Kohli stalled his declaration until after lunch – eating up four seemingly precious overs – and cashed in on the adrenaline coursing through the veins of Bumrah and Shami. In the space of 10 intense deliveries the pair had vaporised England’s openers for ducks – a first in 531 Tests on home soil – and India were positively soaring.

This was a fifth duck this year for Rory Burns when he was squared up by Bumrah and plopped a leading edge to the ever-chirping Siraj at short cover. Dom Sibley didn’t even wait for the umpire’s finger, Shami having tickled the edge of his bat with a beauty to prompt Root’s weary emergence at one for two.

In between Haseeb Hameed dodged a king pair but the 24-year-old couldn’t cash in on a drop at slip on four. Instead he became the first of two lbw victims for Ishant, whose removal of Jonny Bairstow left England stumbling into tea on 67 for four.

Not for the first time in 2021 it felt like Root or bust for England, hence Kohli’s eruption when catching his opposite number off the third ball after tea. And though Moeen hung around for an hour, even surviving a caught behind off a Ravindra Jadeja no-ball, his demise to Siraj followed by Sam Curran’s second first-baller.

Robinson survived the hat-trick ball and over the course of the next 30 minutes he and Buttler repelled both India’s bowlers and the incessant chatter in their ears. But as the shadows lengthened and thoughts of a famous England rearguard began to rise, Bumrah returned to trap Robinson lbw on review with a superb off-cutter from around the wicket.

It was then over to Siraj to seal the win, a weary Buttler wafting behind for 25 after 90 minutes of lasered concentration finally broke. Out came Anderson, his off-stump pegged back third ball to spark raucous celebrations that will haunt England until the third Test at Headingley starts a week on Wednesday. – Guardian

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