Printed on: Aug 15, 2021
England captain Joe Root struck his twenty second Take a look at hundred as England took a 27-run lead over India within the second Take a look at at Lord’s on Saturday. Root remained not out on 180 as England responded with a spirited 391 to India’s first-innings complete of 364. After India squandered the benefit with the bat, they couldn’t cease England from going previous India’s complete as properly.
Root’s very good knock got here off 321 balls and featured 18 fours as India’s bowlers appeared clueless in opposition to him. Throughout the course of his innings, Root additionally turned the second England batter after Alastair Cook dinner to finish 9000 Take a look at runs. Earlier than this, Root scored 64 and 109 within the first Take a look at in Nottingham.
The England skipper featured in a century stand with Jonny Bairstow (57), who compiled a much-needed fifty after his horrors in India. Root and Bairstow took England from 119 for 3 to 229 earlier than an ungainly quick ball from Mohammed Siraj noticed Bairstow miscue one to slide.
Jos Buttler (23) and Moeen Ali (27) contributed cameos and, at 341 for five, India appeared at risk of conceding a giant lead. Nonetheless, Ishant Sharma (3 for 69), despatched again Moeen and Sam Curran off consecutive balls to maintain India within the contest. Shepherding the tail, Root took England into the lead.
On the different finish, Mohammed Siraj (4 for 94) trapped Ollie Robinson lbw for six whereas Mark Wooden sacrificed his wicket for five following a mix-up along with his captain. With the final man on the crease, Root bought aggressive and even performed a reverse lap off Siraj. The following ball off the identical over was launched over midwicket as England added essential runs.
Off the final ball of the day, Mohammed Shami (2 for 95), cleaned up James Anderson as India ended the day on a constructive be aware. Jasprit Bumrah had a horror day as he bowled 13 no-balls and completed wicketless.
–By A Cricket Correspondent