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The bowlers’ day at Lord’s: How Shami, Bhumrah, Siraj, and Ishant shaped an epic Indian victory

The bowlers’ day at Lord’s: How Shami, Bhumrah, Siraj, and Ishant shaped an epic Indian victory

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Ishant Sharma each got four wickets on day five. India’s bowlers banded together to pull off the most unlikely of victories at Lord’s. They bowled England out for a record-tying 154-run first-inning lead. At the end of day two, India declared with a 271-run lead. In their first innings, England was bowled out for 146.

Key Highlight

  • Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Ishant Sharma each got four wickets on day five.
  • They bowled England out for a record-tying 154-run first-inning lead.
  • At the end of day two, India declared with a 271-run lead.
  • In their first innings, England was bowled out for 146.
  • India’s bowlers came together with the bat and then with the ball to pull off the most unlikely of victories at Lord’s.
  • They batted till 250 after reaching 250, and continued to bat after reaching 220.
  • They were heroic with a win for England and batted till the end.
  • India started the day with 4 wickets in hand and a 154- run lead.
  • The only realistic outcomes were an England victory or a draw.
  • All eyes were on Rishabh Pant to see if he could push India”s lead above 200 points.
  • But Pant was bowler by Ollie Robinson in the fourth over of the day, dealing India a major blow.
  • And this was the start of an unstoppable alliance that no one could have predicted.
  • India were staring defeat in the face.
  • But then there was the 93rd. over on day three for some context.
  • Because of four no balls, James Anderson was hit in the head, the rib cage, and the gloves three times.
  • And it was the Indian who was enraged this time, leading to a heated discussion with wicketkeeper Jos Butler.
  • Virat Kohli was enraged as well, and was busy doing his thing on the balcony.

India’s bowlers came together with the bat and then with the ball to pull off the most unlikely of victories.

All anyone could speak about on day five at Lord’s was India’s batsmen. What Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane did the day before, and what Rishabh Pant might be able to do on the final day. Was the intermediate order’s contribution sufficient? Is Pant capable of leading India to victory?

The team’s bowlers, on the other hand, owned the stage on what turned out to be a remarkable day in Indian cricket history. Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Ishant Sharma came together with the bat and the ball to give a result that few could have predicted at the outset of day five: an Indian triumph.

Between the 92nd and 93rd overs of India’s second innings, the spark for their remarkable comeback was lit. India started the day with four wickets in hand and a 154-run lead. The only realistic outcomes were an England victory or a draw. And all eyes were on Pant to see if he could push India’s lead above 200 points.

Pant, though, was bowled by Ollie Robinson in the fourth over of the day, dealing India a major blow. Ishant was also dismissed after four overs. At that point, India was leading by 182 runs and had Shami and Bumrah at the crease. They were staring defeat in the face. But then there was the 93rd.

We’ll need to go back to the third-last over on day three for some context. Because of four no balls, Bumrah bowled 10 deliveries to James Anderson in that over, six of which were bouncers. Anderson was hit in the head, the rib cage, and the gloves three times. Bumrah’s aggression was unrelenting, and Anderson was unimpressed, giving the senior England pacer a piece of his mind as he walked away at the close of the day’s play.

Mark Wood, the fastest bowler in the tournament, had some words for Bumrah at the start of the 93rd over in India’s second innings. Perhaps it was a foreshadowing of what was to come. And it was the Indian who was enraged this time, leading to a heated discussion with wicketkeeper Jos Butler. Of course, Virat Kohli was enraged as well, and was busy doing his thing on the balcony. And this was the start of an unstoppable alliance that no one could have predicted.

Wood began the next over with an uncharacteristically short ball, which Bumrah whacked hard and got over point for four. Wood, on the other hand, bent his back even further and whacked the side of Bumrah’s helmet three balls later. The heat was turned up to eleven. Bumrah and Shami, on the other hand, were up for the battle.

From that moment forward, the two right-handed pitchers had the time of their lives. They were able to zone in because of the tension between the two squads. They weren’t hurling anything at each other and were ready to fight. They were moving behind the ball line and looking for openings to rotate strike. Bumrah was hitting brilliant straight drives that were slamming into the stumps at the other end, while Shami was playing defensive strokes that would have made Pujara proud. Indian supporters may have felt they were in a dream, but it was all genuine.

When they took the lead past 200, it seemed like they’d done enough, but they persisted. They batted on when the lead grew to over 220. They continued to bat after reaching 250. They batted and batted till the only result that was not on the table was a win for England. Joe Root’s unusual defensive tactics helped along the way, but Shami’s (56* off 70) and Bumrah’s (34* off 64) efforts were heroic.

India declared with a 271-run lead. Pant’s dismissal at the start of the day would have made this seem impossible. The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, were not finished yet. This was only the first half of the epic story they had planned.

Kohli and his teammates had 60 overs to dismiss England. As England were forced to bowl an over and a half after lunch, the India captain’s statement aroused eyebrows. The rapid turnaround between innings seemed to disturb England’s openers, thus the strategy worked. Rory Burns and Dom Bibley were both dismissed for ducks, with Bumrah and Shami taking the new ball and striking in their first overs.

Then it was Ishant’s chance to speak up in the competition. He was the last of the five bowlers to join the attack, but his was possibly the most brilliant of the Indians’ opening periods. He didn’t seem affected by emotion like the others, and his vast expertise shone through as he maintained a strict line.

He removed Haseeb Hameed in his first over, breaking what turned out to be the innings’ biggest partnership. It was a fantastic delivery that dipped back in and caught the right-hander in front of the plate. And then, with the penultimate ball before tea, Ishant struck again in his fourth over. After Jonny Bairstow, England’s most impressive batsman in the series after Root, was out LBW to a similar in-cutter, the hosts were suddenly in major trouble and India could feel a win. The 32-year-old pacer finished with brilliant figures of 2/13 from ten overs.

But, in their incredible quest for success, India faced the most difficult obstacle of all: Joe Root. In the first innings, the England skipper was unbeaten on 180 runs and looked good right away. India required something extraordinary… a flash of inspiration to overcome him.

And they got it from none other than Bumrah with the next ball after tea. Kohli made sure he hung on to the catch in the slips by getting the ball to angle in and straighten just a little bit to get the outside edge. It was a dismissal that elicited raucous applause from the Indians. They, like everyone else watching, understood what it meant.

Following it, India went through a tense period. Buttler was given a life when Kohli lost a legal catch at first slip. Moeen Ali was caught behind off a no ball by Ravindra Jadeja. With 22 overs left in the game, England had only lost half of their team. India was in severe need of wickets at the time, and Siraj stepped in to help.

The 27-year-old, who was playing in only his sixth Test, had previously demonstrated that he had an extraordinary ability to make things happen. In the first innings, he had a hat-trick, and he repeated the feat in the second. To get Moeen and Sam Curran’s outside edges, the right-arm bowler bowled nearly identical deliveries. And it was thanks to those wickets that India regained its confidence.

But England had one last bulwark in the form of a partnership between Buttler and Ollie Robinson. With only 10 overs remaining, it appeared that the match would end in a tie. However, India’s offensive leader raised his hand once more. Bumrah bowled a fantastic slower delivery to Robinson from around the wicket. It caught the right-hander off guard and pinned him in front.

Siraj completed an eight-wicket haul in the next over, ending Buttler’s defiance before knocking Anderson’s off stump back. India had made a complete 180-degree turn, and there were scenes of unbounded delight.

India had fought valiantly to add another magnificent chapter to their cricket history, despite wasting the lead after a near-perfect day one, having a lead of just 28 when Kohli was out on day four, and losing Pant early on day five.

The final-day heroics of India in the 2021 Test series at Lord’s were all about the moments. When Shami removed his helmet after scoring a half-century, when Bumrah went head-to-head with Buttler and Wood, when he roared after dismissing Root, when Siraj and Robinson faced off, when Kohli nearly exploded after every England wicket, when India’s players dashed to collect the stumps after winning. For a long time, these events will be seared in the brains of everybody who observed them.

Test cricket has the ability to deliver days unlike any other sport. Days when your gut is knotted and you can’t believe what you’re witnessing are unreal. One such day was India’s 36/9 victory in Adelaide, another was their historic victory in Brisbane, and now this victory at Lord’s may be added to the list.

With this game, India took a 1-0 lead, but it felt like they had beaten England twice. Once when they refused to be bowled out, and once when they bowled England out in just 51.5 overs… it was all in a day’s work for their tenacious bowlers.

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