Match Report
England Fights Back As Lord’s Test Hangs In Balance, Twitter Reacts
By Aditya Pratap - Aug 14, 2021 12:21 am
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India would have fancied their chances of posting a mammoth total on the board after being 276/3 when day two of the Lord’s Test began. KL Rahul was batting with a hundred under his belt while Ajinkya Rahane was partnering him in the middle. But England came out with plans and didn’t allow the Indian batsmen to run away with the game.

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It took only two balls for England to remove the centurion Rahul for 129. It didn’t even move ahead when James Anderson dismissed Rahane as well. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja looked to put Indian innings on track before the former fell trying to play a cut shot. Pant scored 37 runs in 58 balls where he hit five fours. Mohammed Shami arrived and went back without troubling the scorers.

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Jadeja, though, hung his bat and added 26 runs with Ishant Sharma. But James Anderson was too hot to handle for the Indian tailenders, who were at his mercy. He bagged another five-wicket haul at Lord’s and bundled India out for 364. Jadeja got out after scoring 40 while trying to up the ante.

In response, England openers looked more assured while batting than the first two attempts they had in Nottingham. Dom Sibley and Rory Burns looked out the overs before the tea break and didn’t allow Indian bowlers to make early inroads again.

However, Mohammed Siraj came out after tea to give India their first breakthrough in Sibley. He removed England’s new number three Haseeb Hameed for a golden duck in his comeback. All of the sudden, England lost two wickets and the ghosts of Nottingham started rushing back.

However, Burns looked more confident at Lord’s while batting and stitched a crucial partnership with his skipper Joe Root. When England were looking set to go to stumps with two set batsmen at the crease, Mohammed Shami produced his magic to remove Burns for 49.

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Jonny Bairstow ensured there were no further damage done by Indian pacers as England ended the day at 119/3. Bairstow is batting on 6 while Root is looking threatening with 48 runs.

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