The Test series between England and India so far has been very exciting. Rain washed out India’s chances of winning the first Test match at Trent Bridge but they carried the momentum and won the second Test match at Lord’s
The second Test match at Lord’s saw a series of events happening. Wooden corks were thrown at KL Rahul, Jasrpit Bumrah bowling brutal over to James Anderson, a verbal spat between Virat Kohli and England cricket team, everything was seen during the second game of the series, which made it more exciting.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli was very animated throughout the entire Test match at Lord’s. After James Anderson exchanged some words with Jasprit Bumrah for bowling short balls to him, Virat Kohli was charged since then and had some harsh words to say to Anderson for running on the pitch on Day 4.
England team then had a go at Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami during India’s second innings. However, when the duo took home side for runs, the Indian skipper was spot on with his aggression. He then made sure hosts had a taste of their own medicine as he sledged almost every English batsman in the final innings of the match.
Former England cricketer Nick Compton, who scored 775 runs in 16 Test matches for his country, called Indian skipper Virat Kohli a foul-mouthed individual and admitted that he’ll never forget the ‘barrage of abuse’ he received from Kohli during 2012. Notably, after posting this he then deleted the tweet.
“Isn’t Kohli the most foul-mouthed individual. I’ll Never forget the barrage of abuse I received in 2012 when the swearing [emoticon: swearing face] stunned me to the point that he did himself a serious disservice. It highlights what a level headed and grounded man Root, Tendulkar, Williamson et al are,” he said.
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Considering the overcast conditions, England won the toss and decided to bowl first at Lord’s. The decision to field first turned out to be a wrong one as Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put on a mammoth 126 runs partnership. Even though the former lost his wicket in the 80s but Rahul went on to hit a century. His 129 runs along with some vital contributions from lower-order helped India post a total of 364 runs on board.
In reply, Joe Root’s unbeaten knock of 180 runs along with Jonny Bairstow’s half-century help England take a lead of 27 runs. In the second essay, the home side was on the top of the as the visitors were reduced to 55/3. Both Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara stitched century stand to bail India out of trouble but it was not enough as English bowlers removed them soon after their stand.
Just when it seemed Joe Root-led side were asserting their authority, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were relevation with the bat as they scored 89 runs together to help visitors post a target of 272 runs. With only 60 overs left in-game, Indian bowlers then dictated terms to English batsmen and wrapped them for just 120 runs to give Virat Kohli-led side a comprehensive 150-run victory.