England vs India: Mohammed Siraj dismisses Dominic Sibley and Haseeb Hameed in successive deliveries during Lord’s Test
Two in two for Mohammed Siraj.
Updated - Aug 13, 2021 9:09 pm
While Indian openers stole the show on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test against England, Day 2 of the contest saw Mohammed Siraj making the red cherry talk. The right-arm pacer spitted venom with the new ball and took wickets off successive deliveries. Dominic Sibley and Haseeb Hameed were Siraj’s first two victims as the fast bowler celebrated with ecstasy at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium.
Siraj’s sensational over indeed came at the right time for India as England got a solid start. Sibley and Rory Burns tackled the new ball with precision as no wickets fell in the first 14 overs. However, Kohli asked Siraj to bowl the 15th over and tables turned around within a span of a couple of deliveries. The star pacer drew the first blood by dismissing Sibley in the very first ball of the over.
Mohammed Siraj makes the ball talk at Lord’s
It was a short-length delivery down the leg side and Sibley couldn’t control the shot. He flicked the ball on the leg side but couldn’t go past KL Rahul. The Indian batter took a fine catch at silly mid-on and Sibley’s outings came to an end. Comeback man Haseeb Hameed came at number three, aiming to make a mark at the Mecca of Cricket.
However, he couldn’t survive more than one delivery as Siraj dismissed him for a golden duck. It was a sharp inswinger that rattled Hameed’s timbers. With this, England lost their second wicket and India got the command.
Two in two balls for India as Siraj takes out Sibley and Hameed right after tea
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Speaking of how the game has panned out so far, England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first. His decision didn’t prove to be brilliant as Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put up a batting exhibition. While Rohit got out on 83, Rahul advanced to his sixth century in the format.
Besides the duo, skipper Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with crucial contributions as the visitors posted 364 in the first innings. For England, veteran pacer James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers, registering a sensational five-wicket haul. The home team’s reply has been dented by Siraj’s brilliance. Hence, it would be interesting to see if Joe Root’s men can forge a comeback in this contest or not.