Charged-up India lord over Lord’s as England’s batting comes a cropper again

Brief scorecard: India 364/10 (KL Rahul 129, Rohit Sharma 83; James Anderson 5/62, Ollie Robinson 2/73) and 298/8 dec. (Ajinkya Rahane 61, Mohammed Shami 56*; Mark Wood 3/51, Robinson 2/45) beat England 391/10 (Joe Root 180*, Jonny Bairstow 57; Mohammed Siraj 4/94, Ishant Sharma 3/69) and 120/10 (Root 33, Jos Buttler 25; Siraj 4/32, Jasprit Bumrah 3/33) by 151 runs

Statistical highlights of England vs India 2nd Test 2021

  • A charged-up, ‘motivated’ Indian side stunned England in the final hour on day five as they sealed a memorable 151-run victory at Lord’s.
  • Led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s record unbeaten 89-run partnership for the ninth wicket, India extended their second-innings lead to 271 before captain Virat Kohli declared.
  • It left his bowlers with 60 overs to get 10 second-innings wickets to seal the win. Mohammed Siraj (4 for 32) and Bumrah (3 for 33) struck with the ball at crucial times during the post-tea session to bowl India to a glorious win.
  • It was India’s third win at Lord’s and their 30th overall in Tests against England.
  • The victory was India’s 37th under Kohli’s captaincy. Kohli’s tally of 37 Test wins also makes him the fourth-most successful Test captain, behind Graeme Smith (53), Ricky Ponting (48) and Steve Waugh (41).
  • England took the field on day five entertaining thoughts of a win after India were effectively 154 for six overnight.
  • Their position of strength was largely down to captain Joe Root’s unbeaten knock of 180 in the first innings. He had walked into a precarious situation with his side two down for 23 in reply to India’s 364. He was assertive in his strokeplay as much as in defending the good balls as he hardly put a foot wrong during his 533-minute stay at the crease.
  • It was Root’s 22nd Test century and seventh against India. In the process, he also went past 9000 Test runs, becoming the second English batsman and the youngest overall—in terms of days from when he made his Test debut (8 years, 244 days) and age (30 years, 227 days)— to achieve the feat. Root finished the Test with a tally of 386 runs in four innings, with potentially six hits left in the series.
  • Root’s unbeaten century underpinned England’s first-innings total of 391, which helped the home side assume control after India’s dominant batting display in their first innings.
  • India took the honours on day one with a brilliant century as he followed his excellent batting form from the Trent Bridge Test and a hundred in India’s tour match. Rahul played second fiddle to Rohit Sharma for one-and-a-half sessions before finding his fluency to notch up his sixth Test hundred, and the first in nearly three years. Rahul was eventually dismissed for 129, his third Test century against England.
  • Rahul and Rohit shared a 126-run first-innings partnership as they overcame tough batting conditions at Lord’s and a probing opening hour of bowling from James Anderson and co. It was the first century partnership since 2010 for India outside Asia. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were the last to put on a 100-plus stand (137 at SuperSport Park, Centurion) against South Africa.
  • India were in trouble in their second innings as England, after taking a 27-run lead, reduced the visitors to first 27 for two, and 55 for three later. It took a 100-run fourth-wicket partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to bail India out. Rahane went on to make his 24th Test fifty, a 146-ball 61, as he also broke a string of low scores after his hundred in the Boxing Day Test against Australia.