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After the disappointing Nottingham test action moved to Lord’s, Root again won the toss and this time opt to bowl first. India rope in Ishant for an injured Shardul and Ashwin continues to sit out. England make a forced change with Broad missing out as Wood was named in the XI, other changes both Dan Lawrence and Zak Crawley missed out as Moeen Ali and Haseeb Hameed were back in whites.

India were off to great start with Rohit playing his natural attacking game and Rahul looked a bit too defensive at the start, the Rohit-Rahul duo put up an excellent 126 run opening stand that came to close with the wicket of set Rohit Sharma on 83, James Anderson it was for England with the breakthrough who with an absolutely beauty cleaned up Rohit Sharma. Pujara again failed to deliver as he walked back for 9 nicking one to Bairstow at 3rd slip off James Anderson. Virat Kohli then joined a set KL Rahul who was going well with another 50*. The Rahul-Virat duo put up a key partnership for India where Rahul got to his century and registered his name on the Lord’s honours board, the 115 run stand was disturbed by Ollie Robinson who found the outside edge of the Indian skipper on 42 to end day 1. England were up and roaring on day 2 as Robinson bagged Rahul early as he walked back for a brilliant 129 and soon Ajinkya Rahane’s resistance came to end as he walked back for 1(23) showing his back to James Anderson. With a couple of early wickets on day 2 India needed some repair work and it was Rishabh Pant who along with Jadeja paved India’s way with a deciding 49 run partnership that saw curtains as Pant’s aggresive play came to close on 37 to Mark Wood. Jadeja was very defensive and hanged in with the tail who scored 8 but Jadeja managed a 40 to his name, India were all out for a massive 364. For England it was the veteran again, Anderson who bagged a brilliant five-fer, couple wickets each to Robinson and Wood and a wicket for Moeen. Sam Curran despite good speels wasn’t rewarded with a wicket.

James Anderson bagged a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the test, 31st for the 39 Y/O.

England in reply looked good with a cautious start as Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley see off the final minutes to end day 2. England were all over India on day 3, Sibley was the first to depart as his resistance came to a close on 11. Haseeb Hameed walked back for a golden duck on return to international cricket after 5 years and Md. Siraj had back to back wickets. India failed to capitalise despite the two wickets as skipper Root and a set Burns get England back in contest with a 85 run partnership as Burns departed on 49 to Md. Shami. Bairstow joined Root and the duo put up a good stand where Root fell 2 shy of a half century as England end day 3. Root and Bairstow begin proceedings on day 4, where the duo put up an excellent 121 run stand that saw Bairstow get to his half century and couldn’t convert into a big innings as he departed to Siraj’s trap on 56. Jos Buttler joined a set Joe Root who soon got his consecutive 100*, Buttler had a short stay as Ishant Sharma dislodged Buttler’s stumps on 23. Moeen Ali and Root put up a partnership that frustrated India. It was Ishant again with the wicket as he dismissed Moeen on 27, he then picked up Sam Curran on first ball handing him a golden duck and had two in two. Handy runs for England from both Buttler and Moeen as Root continued to score on the other end. Not a lot again by the English tail but they did well to hang in with Root who continued punishing India and finished unbeaten on 180 as England with a lead of 27 end day 3 on high.

Joe Root’s masterclass of 180* in the first innings stun India.

India out to bat on day 4, Rohit and Rahul who gave India good starts failed this time as Mark Wood found the outside edge of inform Rahul on 5 as his patient stay came to a close. Pujara joined Rohit who couldn’t resist for long and departed soon on 21 to a Mark Wood trap. Virat and Pujara steady India with a small partnership that came to a close as Sam Curran with sheer brilliance picked up the wicket of Virat Kohli on 20 making things more worse for India. Rahane and Pujara both players looking for form spend time in the middle as they get India back in the contest with a 50 run stand off 175 balls, a very defensive play where India managed a few odd boundaries and kept the scorecard ticking a few singles and doubles. Pujara and Rahane did survive a barrage of short balls just before tea. In the final session India paced up the scoring a bit, Rahane got to his very fine half century and the duo reached to a century partnership stand, Pujara soon fell 5 shy of a brilliant knock as Mark Wood’s extra pace and bounce discomforted Pujara on 45(206). Rishabh Pant then walked out in the middle, Moeen Ali kept challenging Ajinkya Rahane and hard work finally paid off for Moeen Ali as he got the outside edge of Ajinkya Rahane on 61 and England had 2 wickets in quick succession. Jadeja-Pant have a very short partnership as Jadeja on 3 waked back to an absolutely peach from Moeen Ali, and England were completely dominating the play. Ishant and Pant in the middle see off a couple of overs as play for day 4 was called off due to bad light and it was all down to the last day, day 5 of play.

First it was Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara who steady India keeping them in the contest, then it was Shami and Bumrah with a key 89* run partnership that pushed England on the backfoot.

Ollie Robinson strikes a big one early on day 5 as Pant walked back on 22, Ishant was next to depart on 16 and it was Robinson again this time trapped lbw. With Shami and Bumrah in the middle things were heated up and India apply themselves well as they calm things mentally and put pressure on England with a brilliant unbeaten 89 run partnership, where Shami got to his brilliant half century. India declare finally with 298-8 on board with Bumrah unbeaten on 34 and Shami unbeaten on 56. 60 overs of play was left and 272 was the target for England to chase down to grab the win.

England in reply, lose both openers on duck facing 4 delivers each, in form Root and returnee Hameed settle things for England after being 2 down for 1, the duo post a 43 run partnership where Haseeb just managed to hang in and Root accelerated, the partnership came to close with Hameed departing to Ishant Sharma’s nip backer. Jonny Bairstow joined skipper Root who continued his dream run, it was a mini partnership between the duo as a defensive Bairstow departed on 2 departed and it was Ishant again with the wicket just before tea. It was all down to the final session, and Bumrah straightaway gets the outside edge of Joe Root, the man in form departs as Root walks back on 33 and England were 5 down on 67. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali two new men in the middle show some defensive play, resistance from Moeen Ali came to end on 12 as Siraj brushed the outside edge of Ali with an absolutely peach, Sam Curran was next in and again departs on a golden duck and Siraj had back to back wickets. Not a lot from Buttler was just the waiting game, he was joined by Ollie Robinson who just stayed there and got the rare singles, no signs of aggression just the waiting game but Robinson departed to Bumrah’s trap with 9 overs left in play. Mark Wood walks out, Buttler with a few odd boundaries and running kept the scorecard ticking at a very slow rate and soon Siraj found the outside edge of a resistant Buttler on 25. England’s last men, Anderson made his way out and walked back without disturbing the scoring as Anderson’s stumps were dislodged on duck, 120 was all that England managed and couldn’t hold on for the draw. The Indian camp and crowd erupt in joy, it’s Lord’s again into the books as India register one of the best comebacks.

Siraj picked up key wickets and got India several breakthroughs, a standout bowler for India as he picked up 8 wickets during the test match.

India win the Test at Lord’s by a big margin of 151 runs. The test just wasn’t of the play there was a lot more the emotions, the banter and the heat. England again see themselves in batting horrors as they were bowled out for 120 and failed to survive 60 overs. England’s batting has been a concern lately and it again just didn’t click when it mattered the most. England will look to address their batting and will look to bounce back and has to be early with just 3 more test remaining in the series.

K.L Rahul put up a steller 129 run show in the first innings and was rewarded as the player of the match, continues his good run on return.

It’s a long 10 day gap before the start of the 3rd test and action will move to Leed’s. India don’t have a lot to address but a few individuals will look to come good and start contributing big to the team, India will look to grab a win in the 3rd test ensuing that the series defeat will be out of equation. England will look to regroup and come strong to keep the series alive.

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