ENG vs IND: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami receive rousing welcome after shining with the bat in Lord’s Test
Bumrah and Shami added 89 runs for the fourth wicket.
While England would have prepared for Rishabh Pant on Day 5 of the Lord’s Test, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah came out of the syllabus. The two speedsters put up a batting exhibition at the Mecca of Cricket as the English bowlers looked utterly clueless. While Shami smashed a sensational half-century, Bumrah contributed with a well-compiled 34. Fans and experts were left awestruck by the duo’s effort as social media got flooded with praises.
Earlier in the day, India resumed their innings at 181/6, having a lead of 154 runs. Rishabh Pant was the last of the recognized Indian batters left and all eyes were on him. Although the southpaw played some big shots, Ollie Robinson dismissed him for 22. Ishant Sharma also got out soon as the visitors were restricted to 209/8.
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami dismantle England bowlers
While the England camp was ecstatic with the start, Bumrah and Shami dented their party. The duo batted with brilliance as momentum tilted towards India’s favour. From James Anderson to Mark Wood, every English bowler was taken to cleaners as Indian tail-enders were on song. Shami and Bumrah added 89 runs for the ninth wicket as India declared at 298/8, giving the hosts a target of 272 runs.
Needless to mention, the Indian camp was delighted with Bumrah and Shami’s effort. In fact, the two talismanic fast bowlers received a rousing welcome on their way back to the dressing room after the morning session. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the video of the same where the Indian players and staff members can be seen lauding the duo.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2021
Meanwhile, England have been asked to chase 272 inside two sessions and it would be interesting to see how the remaining game pans out. With the required run-rate touching five, the Three Lions aren’t likely to go for a win on a constantly deteriorating Lord’s track.
On the other hand, Indian bowlers would be determined to defy the odds by bundling England out for the second time in this Test. Notably, the first game of the five-match series resulted in a draw. Hence, the winner of this game would put the first points on the board.