Emotions ran high as India secured a memorable Test win at Lord’s in the closing stage of the contest on the fifth day against England. India captain Virat Kohli’s wild celebrations as soon as Mohammed Siraj cleaned up last-man James Anderson to secure a 151-run win on Monday was evidence enough the value of this win for the tourists.
They came close to taking a 1-0 lead in the series opener at Trent Bridge but the rain played spoilsport washing out the entire final day’s play. At Lord’s, the match was wide open after late strikes from England on the penultimate day raised their hopes of limiting India’s lead.
However, lower-order resistance, in fact a counter-punch, from Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah put paid to Joe Root’s hopes as India put themselves in a strong position from where their chances of losing were negligible.
India pace battery then out on a show delivering a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
We were hungry, had desire and we showed it! Everyone turned up and we leave Lord’s with a win that we won’t forget soon. We take this momentum and move on. pic.twitter.com/xG9kaWtdU6— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) August 16, 2021
Indian cricketers can soak in the victory as there’s a gap of nine days before they again return to the field for the third Test. England will go back to the drawing board and analyse where they went wrong and areas that require drastic improvements.