India vs England, 2nd Test: How Joe Root lost the plot amid verbal jabs at Lord’s


Exposing
Anderson
to
bouncers

Batting
on
a
big
hundred,
well
on
the
way
for
a
double
ton,
Root
quickly
lost
partners
and
was
left
with
James
Anderson
for
company
in
the
final
half
an
hour
of
day
three.
Indian
pacer
Bumrah
decided
to
bounce
the
English
tail-ender
and
that
turned
the
heat
on
for
remainder
of
the
match.

Root
in
fact
could
have
batted
a
little
sensibly
to
safeguard
the
veteran
pacer,
but
instead
the
England
skipper
let
the
premium
pacer
face
some
chin
music
from
Jasprit
Bumrah.
The
39-year-old
England
pacer
was
hit
on
his
helmet
and
needed
a
concussion
test,
but
Bumrah
didn’t
hold
back
and
continued
with
his
barrage
of
short-pitched
deliveries.

Anderson’s
16-ball
stay
eventually
came
to
an
end
when
he
was
castled
by
Mohammed
Shami
and
England
could
only
take
a
27-run
lead
at
the
end
of
the
first
innings,
posting
a
total
of
391
in
response
to
India’s
364.

Taking bad light on Day 4

Taking
bad
light
on
Day
4

Aftermath
of
Bumrah’s
bouncers
at
Anderson,
the
England
pacer’s
were
pumped
up
and
the
veteran
pacer
himself
showed
that
when
he
bowled
a
nine
over
spell
to
start
the
innings
as
his
bowling
partner
Mark
Wood
sent
openers
Rahul
and
Rohit
back
in
the
hut.

Kohli
also
was
removed
a
few
overs
later
by
Sam
Curran,
but
the
Indian
fight
back
started
when
Cheteshwar
Pujara
and
Ajinkya
Rahane
shared
a
100-run
stand.
However,
the
pair
fell
in
quick
succession
along
with
Ravindra
Jadeja
and
England
were
on
top
with
India
at
175
for
6.

And
when
the
light
got
dimmer,
Root
bowled
a
few
overs
himself
along
with
Moeen
Ali,
who
was
bowling
really
well.
But,
the
England
captain’s
call
to
take
the
new
ball
and
bring
on
his
premium
pacer
forced
the
umpires
to
bring
the
light-metres
out
and
called
it
stumps
on
day
4.

England
may
have
benefited
had
they
continued
with
Ali
with
Rishabh
Pant
and
Ishant
Sharma
at
the
crease,
but
Root’s
decision
was
fine
as
Pant
and
Ishant
soon
marched
back
to
the
pavilion
at
the
start
of
day
5.

Relaxing after Pant’s dismissal

Relaxing
after
Pant’s
dismissal

After
Ollie
Robinson
got
Pant
and
Ishant
in
quick
succession
within
first
hour
of
day
five’s
play,
England
relaxed
and
took
a
different
approach
to
the
pair
of
Bumrah
and
Shami.

Instead
of
bowling
to
their
strengths,
the
England
pacers
took
the
short-pitch
bowling
route
to
the
Indian
lower-order
and
failed
terribly
as
it
only
triggered
the
Indian
pair
in
the
middle.
Perhaps
as
a
response
to
what
Anderson
received
from
Bumrah
on
day
three.

Trying to respond with bouncers

Trying
to
respond
with
bouncers

Root,
who
like
most
of
his
England
mates
were
unhappy
with
the
treatment
Anderson
received
from
Bumrah,
tried
to
give
it
back
to
the
Indian
pacer
and
were
successful,
but
that
only
made
Bumrah
fight
out
and
put
on
splendid
show
with
the
bat
alongside
Shami.

England
continued
with
their
short-pitched
bowling
and
Indian
pace
partners
Bumrah
and
Shami,
battled
them
and
constant
verbal
jabs
to
take
their
team
to
safety
via
an
unbeaten
99-run
stand.

In
the
end,
England
folded
for
a
paltry
120
in
the
second
innings
chasing
272
in
the
final
two
sessions
of
day
five
after
Bumrah
and
Shami
showed
class
with
the
bat,
and
then
an
epic
bowling
performance.



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