India scored a historic victory over England at Lord’s on Monday, winning by 151 runs in the closing minutes of the last day of the Test. On Day 5, India bowled England out for 120, chasing 272 to win, with Mohammed Siraj returning 4 for 32 and Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami each taking two wickets. Following India’s dramatic triumph, tributes and well wishes flooded in on social media, with players and spectators praising the visitors for their outstanding effort.
When the day began, India had a 154-run lead, leaving Rishabh Pant and the bowlers to deal with the second new ball. Everything went according to plan for England during the opening half-hour. Against Sunday evening, they launched a continuous, methodical onslaught on India, preparing to go all guns blazing. Bumrah and Shami, on the other hand, survived a storm that ultimately proved to be a huge distraction for England from the task at hand.
Bumrah and Shami continued to be the major characters in India’s story, dismissing Rory Burns and Dom Sibley for ducks in the opening two overs to take total control of the game.
Rahul, who was named Man of the Match for his stunning century in the first innings, has been outstanding for India throughout the series. The opener played a knock for the ages, starting out gently then pushing on the throttle. His ejection in the second inning was a letdown, but he was one of the match’s greatest stars. The wicket on the opening day proved difficult to bat on. He played one spectacular cover drive after another after he was set, bringing up a stunning century. It was unquestionably one of his greatest innings.
Mohammed Siraj has proven to be a valuable addition to the Indian team. The pacer has excellent body language and gives it his all in every game. Siraj, who was playing in only his eighth Test, was outstanding in both innings. In the second innings, he bowled with pace, aggressiveness, and precision to dismiss the English lower order, taking up wickets in pairs to halt the hosts’ momentum. He was in contention for player of the match after taking four wickets in both innings. He had a hat-trick in the last innings, dismissing Moeen Ali and Sam Curran in quick succession.
Shami’s magnificent fifty in the second innings will go down in Indian cricket history as one of the finest performances by a lower-order batsman. Apart from his batsmanship, Swinging Shami was once again uncompromising in his line and lengths. He took three crucial wickets and kept things tight whenever he was needed. He would have been the innings top-scorer if India had not declared in the second innings.
Bumrah was bowled out for the first time in his career in the first innings. He contributed a crucial 89 runs for the ninth wicket with Shami, ensuring Indian victory. In the last innings, he bowled his heart out and grabbed crucial wickets. The highlights of an immensely powerful effort were a furious spell to Jimmy Anderson, the important wickets of Joe Root and Ollie Robinson in the second innings, and a brilliant rearguard knock against the aggressive English quicks.
Rohit Sharma’s superb 83 in the first innings was overshadowed by his reckless dismissal in the second, but overall he was good throughout the match. Sharma and KL Rahul put on a century-plus opening partnership, allowing India to post a respectable first-innings total. In the first innings, he came within a whisker of a century. A lost catch in the slips was an exception in an otherwise impressive performance.