India vs England 2nd Test, Day 5 Updates: India started Day 5 of the second test with Pant batting on 14 and Ishant Sharma batting on 4 runs. All the Indian Cricket fan’s eyes were on Rishabh Pant to know how the Indian wicket-keeper batsman place in this situation. With India leading England by 154 runs with only 4 wickets left at the end of Day 4, Pant was in a position to control the innings and to play with the tail to ensure that India gets a good lead to challenge England batsmen in their own conditions.
The Wicketkeeper-batsman started the day slowly with some defensive shots before dispatching James Anderson for a boundary in the fourth ball of the third over of the day. Coming down the track, Pant lofted Anderson through the extra covers to get the first boundary of the day. In the next over, Rishabh pant was dismissed by Robinson for 22 runs exposed the Indian tail.
R Pant c Jos Buttler b O Robinson [4s-1] 22(46) IND 194-7 lead by 167 runs
Mohammed Shami the right-handed batsman joined Ishant Sharma in the hope of extending the Indian lead above 200 runs. Ishant and Shami scored a boundary on each over in their short partnership before Ishant being dismissed by Robinson for LBW with a slower one to deceive the batsman.
Ishant Sharma lbw b Robinson [4s-2] 16(24) IND 209-8 lead by 182 runs
Then comes Jasprit Bumrah and joined hands with Mohammed Shami, Nobody including the England bowlers and the Indians fans, players would have imagined what was going to happen. Because both these batsmen have played a batting masterclass for their country. What happened for India after 209-8 was simply unbelievable. We, as cricketing fans, would have expected Mohammed Shami and Bumrah to take a 5fer in an innings or 10 wickets in a match kind of performance but what they have given us was an unbeaten record partnership of 89 runs for the 9th wicket.
The partnership of Bumrah and Shami was full of fun for the audience as the batsman played some good cricketing shots as well as some shots edged over third man area and some shots cleared over the mid wicket boundary for 6 runs. England bowlers looked completely clueless and at some point, they looked really tired expecting India to declare the innings.
At one point of the match, India was struggling at 209 for 8 wickets but after the unbeaten partnership of Bumrah and Shami, India looked very strong and even they declared their innings at 298 for 8 wickets leading England by 271 runs. All the credits goes to Shami and Bumrah.
England started their chase needing 272 for victory
The hosts started their second innings needing 272 runs to win the second test match of the series with Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley opening the batting. England was off to a shock start as both of their openers were dismissed cheaply by both Shami and Bumrah for 0 runs.
R Burns c M Siraj b J Bumrah 0(4) England 1-1
D Sibley c R Pant b M Shami 0(4)England 1-2
Haseeb Hameed and Joe Root were at the crease for England needing 271 runs for a win or to bat out the remaining overs for saving the match. Having some important tasks at their hands, both the batsmen tried their best to steady the ship. But Hameed perished after a sharp in-swinger from Ishant Sharma trapped him in front of the stumps.
H Haseeb Hameed lbw b I Sharma 9(45)England 44-3
Jonny Bairstow the right-handed batsman was expected to stabilize the innings by playing alongside the England captain, Joe Root. But he was also soon dismissed by Ishant Sharma for LBW. Jonny Bairstow had gone for 2 runs
J Bairstow lbw b I Sharma 2(24)England 67-4
When Jose Butler joined Joe Root, they both were in England’s last hope to save the match. The England captain needed to stick on to one end of the pitch to help England save the match or to win the match. Jasprit Bumrah had been introduced again and all the hopes of England saving the match are broken after the quickie remove the England captain for 33 runs helped by a good catch by the Indian Skipper, Kohli.
Root c Kohli b Bumrah 33(60) [4s-5]England 67-5
England was struggling at 67-5 at this moment needing 205 runs to win the match which seemed a difficult task. England was playing at 90 for 5 with 5 wickets in hand. Moeen Ali and Jos Butler were trying to bat out to save the test with 22 overs remaining.
Indian players looked a bit tensed during the brief stay of Butler and Moeen Ali. But Siraj provided the much-needed breakthrough by removing Moeen and Sam Curran in consecutive deliveries to put the Indian team back in the game. Siraj bowled his heart out in both innings gave India the required wickets when the team needed the most.
M Ali c V Kohli b M Siraj 13(42) [4s-2]
S Curran c R Pant b M Siraj 0(1)
Visitors needed 3 wickets to win the Test match. England was struggling at 90 for 7, Butler was the lone batsman standing at one end watching his partners getting out. Robinson played a handy inning after partnering Jos Butler to give India some sort of relief as they both batted out nicely and the match entered into the last 10 overs. Again when England looked like saving the Test, then comes a brilliant effort from the Indian team’s bowlers who finds a way to get wickets at regular intervals.
Jasprit Bumrah had been given the ball and he struck to dismiss Robison with a wonderfully executed slower delivery for LBW. O Robinson lbw b J Bumrah 9(35)
As the cricketing experts say, “One brings another” or “One brings two”, India got another wicket. This time, the pricey wicket of Jos Butler to M Siraj who bowled exceptionally well and got his deserved wicket. Siraj then dismissed Anderson to help India beat England by 151 runs to win the 2nd Test match of the series.
Jos Buttler c R Pant b M Siraj [4s-3] 25(96)
J Anderson b M Siraj 0(3)
It’s celebrations all around. Indian players are celebrating jubilantly and they are very happy. Why don’t they celebrate, because they’ve secured an excellent victory in the conditions which don’t suit them often.