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England versus India: Tourists win exciting second test in the last hour at Lord’s

India 364 (Rahul 129, Anderson 5-62) & 298-8 dec (Rahane 61)
England 391 (Root 180 *) & 120 (Siraj 4-32)
India won with 151 runs
Scorecard

England produced one of its worst home performances in recent memory of losing the second Test against India by 151 runs at Lord.

From a position where they started the final day as the fringe favorites, England’s bowling was skinned by the Indian tail before their strokes surrendered to 120.

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah – two real tailenders – shared a ninth wicket stand of 89 people because of the sheer Indian support.

Shami had hit 56 and Bumrah an unbeaten 34 when India declared 298-8, bringing England to survival to an unlikely 272 win or 60 overs.

They found 1-2 immediately after the opening games Rory Burns and Dom Sibley fell for Ducks, and hope faded when Jonny Bairstow then, crucially, Captain Joe Root was dismissed within four tee-separated balls.

Jos Buttler, who was faced with 96 deliveries for 25, chewed 16 overs with Moeen Ali and 12 with Ollie Robinson, both sides of Sam Curran completed a king pair.

Robinson and Buttler fell in consecutive overs, however, before Mohammed Siraj bowled last man James Anderson to finish at 4:32 and play a rampant India 1-0 up with three Tests.

Pathetic England is sinking to a new low

Disappointing England testing has become commonplace, especially overseas. They were also arched for 85 and 67 at home against Ireland and Australia, but at least they won those games.

What makes this defeat so pathetic is the way they gave away a real chance to win, one that came after they came second in the drawn first Test and left India 276-3 here on day one.

Their tactics during the Shami-Bumrah booth were utterly confusing. Perhaps attracted by the emotion of Anderson being riddled with Bumrah on the third night, England aimed at the man rather than the stumps. When they changed the plan, it was too late.

Not only that, but the quarreling nature of the competition – there were numerous verbal exchanges between the two sides – seemed to fuel India while England withered.

When England came to save the game on a field that only occasionally showed signs of uneven rebound, they were actually blown away, much to the delight of the Indian fans in a humming Lord’s.

England are now without a win in seven Tests and will have to find an answer when the sides come together again in Headingley on August 25. India, on the other hand, will need a few stops.

Shami and Bumrah enlighten lords

With India 181-6 overnight – 154 ahead – their hopes seemed to rest on the daring Rishabh Pant.

That they could be made to explain by Shami and Bumrah – men who averaged 11 and three, respectively – on test cricket – is hard to believe.

And yet, after Robinson got over Pant for 22 and caught Ishant Sharma lbw for three, England said goodbye to its grinding senses, scattering the field, and barely producing a shipment aimed at the top of the tree stump.

Even though Bumrah started with some savage blows, Shami was insured the entire time. As England grew increasingly frustrated, Bairstow lost half a chance in the middle of the wicket when Shami was 31, while Root made a straight catch at slip-off Moeen when Bumrah had 22.

Shami went to his second half-century testing of 57 balls by lifting Moeen over the center of the wicket for six, with both men hitting their highest scores. Overall, the ninth wicket pair bumped in 4.5 one over.

When the explanation came in after lunch in the second half, India were the only team with a realistic chance of winning while England were utterly confused.

England surrenders

Given their fun with the bat and England’s fragile hitting power, it was almost inevitable that Bumrah and Shami would do some damage early on.

When Burns got a lead over Bumrah and Shami produced a diabolical away swinger to take Sibley’s advantage, it was the first time in an England Home Test innings that both of their opening players had fallen for ducks. Sibley must be in serious danger of being excluded from the third test.

Even the prolific Root, who scored an unbeaten 180 in the first innings, couldn’t save his team. He was caught sliding Bumrah for the first time in the first over after tea and England looked defeated.

Even though Buttler and Moeen fought, they still needed the luck that Buttler was dropped by Bumrah and Moeen behind a Ravindra Jadeja-No-Ball by Virat Kohli’s first slip.

When Moeen and Curran left successive Siraj deliveries behind, Curran was the first man to bring back two golden ducks in a men’s test.

Robinson backed Buttler, but when he was checking a nifty Bumrah slower ball out of the round of the wicket lbw it was the start of the last three wickets, which fell in seven deliveries.

Siraj left Buttler behind and bowled Anderson with a beauty, the pace bowler set out to begin the celebrations of a famous India victory.

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