What a scintillating game that was! There were so many highs and lows that it was impossible to predict who would win and lose. England played an amazing game but the Indian batsmen matched their fire with fire while the Indian Seamers clasped and brought India to victory, and all of this started with the iconic toss.
The toss was won by England who chose to field. It was the turn of India’s batsmen to shine but before that Kohli announced that Ishant Sharma would once again replace Shardul Thakur. England on the other hand replaced Dan Lawrence, Zak Crawley and Stuart Broad with Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali and Mark Wood. The opening batsmen L. Rahul and Rohit Sharma hit with such a bang that it could be called a century partnership. But yet again the rain god interrupts. Here is a Twitter reaction towards it.
Rohit broke the shackles made by the rain with four boundaries but was unfortunately struck out at 83, along with Cheteshwar Pujara by James Anderson. With five overs still left, Virat was also bowled out for 42. The match on the first day ended with a score of 276/3. On the second day, England’s team shone brightly. Within the first two overs, L. Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane were caught out by Ollie Robinson and James Anderson respectively. Imagine the dread and sadness at the prospect of losing the game! It was getting sadder and sadder for the Indian fans. Thankfully India’s points rose to 300. What a relief, but it’s still not enough. Soon India was bowled out for 364 and James Anderson had the 31st five-wicket haul of his Test career. Now England’s batsmen came to play and India’s dream of reaching 400 came to a stop.
Openers Dom Sibley and Rory Burns came to the field to bang things up but Siraj soon struck off Sibley and Haseeb Hameed from going too far. Burns and Root added 85 runs before their partnership was broken by Shami. The second day ended with England having a score of 119/3.
The first session of the third day was wicketless for the Indian bowlers but they soon picked up the slack after lunch. Siraj dismissed Bairstow while Sharma did the same to Buttler. Despite all that Root rose the English scoreboard with his brilliant batting. He scored an unbeaten and unbelievable 180, thereby helping England to score 390 in their first innings with a lead of 27 runs. He became the second Englishman after Alastair Cook to record 2000 test runs against India. Isn’t that amazing? But let’s also not forget Mohammed Siraj who got 4 wickets for 94.
Now starts the second innings of the game with the Indian batsmen out to get revenge. But, Wood quickly brought them to the ground by dismissing KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, one after the other. Rohit tried to hit a six in the over but was caught out by Moeen Ali with Wood’s ball. Rahane and Pujara added a very crucial 100 runs to the score before Wood dismissed Pujara for 45 runs. Moeen Ali gifted England with the advantage after claiming the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja. In the end, India scored 181/6 after 82 overs with a lead of 154 runs.
Day 5 of the 2nd test began with hope and excitement for the British and anxiousness for the Indians. But, as usual, the game had an unexpected turning, this time in favour of the Indian team. England who was all set to win 272 runs was dismissed for just 120 with Mohammed Siraj taking 4 for 32. India also saw tailenders Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah make their highest test scores to date and share a stand of 89 before Kohli decided to end it at 298/8 after Lunch. Bumrah and Shami then removed the openers Burns and Sibley after which Bumrah caught the highly prized wicket of Joe Root at 33. England soon lost three wickets to Siraj and one to Bumrah. The match ended when Siraj bowled out James Anderson for the infamous duck.
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