Twitter Reactions: All-round effort from bowlers give India a sensational win on a crazy day at Lord's

After Bumrah-Siraj partnership, India's pace bowlers lit up the Lord's with their exceptional bowling.

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Wow! It was a crazy day at Lord’s! India’s win was the last possibility after they ended the day on 181/6 with a lead of only 154 runs. But this is a different Indian team, you push them, they come back again and at the Home of Cricket, they showed their resilience for the umpteenth time. More so, it was the whole bowling attack rising to the occasion both with the bat and ball on the day to help India register one of the most memorable wins at the iconic Lord’s.

The day started with India looking to survive and bat as many overs as they can to extend their lead. They had only 154 runs in the kitty and had only four wickets in hand with Rishabh Pant being the only recognised batter in the middle. The left-hander couldn’t add more to the total as Ollie Robinson eked out an edge of his bat in the first 15 minutes of the day.

Ishant Sharma hung around for some time but the same bowler pinned him in front of the stumps with clever slower delivery. At 209/8, India were only leading by 182 runs and England had started to dream of a possible chance of victory. But literally nobody had anticipated what would follow. England players were hurting from Jasprit Bumrah‘s bouncer barrage on James Anderson and they tried to get under his skin as soon as he came on to bat.

Mark Wood came into the attack straight away and had an argument with Bumrah while Jos Buttler got into the argument. Tempers flared for some time and that only worked wonders for the gritty Indian players. Mohammed Shami and Bumrah decided not to give away anything in saving their wicket. Rather Joe Root was more worried about giving away runs too and the in and out field let the duo churn out runs as well.

Moreover, in an attempt to ruffle Bumrah, England completely lost a plot and after playing a few balls, India’s both lower-order batsmen played like proper batsmen to frustrate the hosts even further. By the time the first session ended, India had batted England out of the game while Shami had scored second fifty of his Test career and celebrated it with his helmet off.

Despite having enough lead of 259 runs at lunch, India played with England a little bit and just came out for nine balls in the second session before declaring. They set a target of 272 runs in 60 overs with Shami unbeaten on 56 and Bumrah on 34.

England implode in run-chase

England needed a calming start to avoid any panic. But the button was pressed in the first two overs itself as both the batting heroes, Bumrah and Shami, struck in their first over to send back Rory Burns and Dom Sibley for ducks. Joe Root then as usual looked solid before Haseeb Hameed was dropped early in the innings by Rohit Sharma at slip. But eventually he was pinned in front of the stumps by Ishant Sharma.

Jonny Bairstow then hung around with Root in the middle and just when it felt that England were in control going into the final session, the former missed one off Ishant to get out lbw. India took a sensational review to get the decision in their favour and the final session began like a dream for the visitors.

Jasprit Bumrah finally eked out an edge of Root’s bat in the same area where he has troubled him through the series. At 67/5, things looked well in India’s favour but Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali’s dogged resistance frustrated them. The former was even dropped once by Kohli while Moeen survived courtesy a no-ball from Ravindra Jadeja.

Their 16-over partnership was broken by none other than Mohammed Siraj as a brilliant delivery from him found an edge off Moeen’s bat and Sam Curran was dismissed in a similar way off the very next ball as he bagged a king pair. Then again came the resistance for around 13 overs from Ollie Robinson, who had Kohli in his ears continuously, and Buttler.

However, it was Bumrah who came round the wicket to the former and got him lbw with an exceptional slower ball. Interestingly, it was once again a review that helped India at the moment and then Mohammed Siraj sent back Jos Buttler before castling James Anderson in the same over. England were bundled out for just 120 runs in the 52nd over as India registered a historic 151-run win.

Siraj was the hero with four wickets to his name but the other three bowlers also did their job perfectly and who other than Bumrah who opened the floodgates to finish things off for Siraj.

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