The final day of the second India vs England cricket Test match at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on August 16 was poised as quite a thriller, with both sides in with a good chance.
The excitement peaked over the weekend, with the fourth day action unfolding to coincide with Indian Independence Day celebrations on August 15. The Indian diaspora was out in full force in the stands to enjoy a great day of cricket at one of the world’s most popular cricket grounds.
For India, batsmen Chesteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane faced off the onslaught from England bowlers, led by some tricky pacers from Mark Wood.
The scenes over the past year of lockdown-enforced empty stands was consigned to history as crowds cheered the players on.
By lunch on the final day, India were in the lead by 258 runs and the game was edging towards a result after a disappointing draw of the first Test in the series at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Bharat Army, Team India’s enthusiastic diaspora supporters, were also out for the game at Lord’s. Though more subdued in keeping with the strict rules at the home of cricket, the fan group is already looking forward to the next Tests at Headingley in Leeds and then back in London at the Oval.