A stunning and spirited performance by the Virat-Kohli led Indian side in the second Test match at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London saw India take a 1-0 lead in the ongoing five-match Test series.
The final day of the match on August 16 was quite evenly poised, with England looking like the favourites to win the match. But Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami showed class with the bat, and then an epic bowling performance sealed the deal for the visitors. England battled hard, but their top-order failures led to their downfall, with the team being steamrolled for just 120 in the second innings, handing visitors a win by 151 runs.
"The Shami and Bumrah partnership was the pivotal moment of the game, without question, and I don't think I dealt with that well enough tactically. Looking back, I'd look at some of the field placings and the way that we bowled. We could have looked at maybe attacking the stumps a little bit more frequently and using the short ball as more of a surprise," said Joe Root, captain of England team.
"We have to give them some credit. They scored in unusual areas and made it hard to set conventional fields, and we were trying to manage taking wickets but not letting the game get away from us. Credit to India, but I don't think there is any hiding from the fact we need to get better," he said.
The Indian captain said the team will be more motivated after the win at Lord's and would come back strong in the remaining three Tests.
"Very happy with the support we got, especially when we're playing away from home these things are very important. It comes a day later after Independence Day, but it's the best gift we can give," Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
The action now moves to Headingly, Leeds, where the third Test match between India and England will be played starting August 25.