Where in the first test match, rain prevented India from winning on many occasions. Coming into the second test match, the Indian bowlers pulled off one of the greatest victories for Indian test cricket history in the final moments of the match in a rain-battered match from the host’s possession.
The thinking of the host’s captain was completely incomprehensible on the fifth day when the Indian team’s lower-order batsmen Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s match-winning innings after the wicket of Rishabh Pant turned the host’s dreams on hold.
What does this victory represent from India’s point of view? There is a victory but it is not according to India’s standard. The first four days where India was mostly on the back foot. At the same time, in the first innings of the second match, India had scored 364 runs when they were invited to bat by England captain Joe Root.
At one time, India was moving towards 550 runs after the first day’s play, while on the second day, England’s bowling wrapped up the Indian team within just 100 runs.
On the other hand, host England was reduced to 391, which included captain Joe Root’s unbeaten 180 runs. After taking some lead, England had stopped India’s second innings at 209 runs for 8 wickets. But Indian bowler Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s valuable 89-run partnership took the game away from England.
The target was 272 runs and England had a chance to survive or even win the match in 2 sessions. But the England team scored only 120 runs in the second innings and lost the match by 151 runs. The next match of the series is to be played at Leeds on 25th August.
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