In one roller coaster of a Test match, the Indian team registered a historic win at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground in London. While Virat Kohli & Co. were put in to bat first, they made 364 in the first innings, courtesy of a fine century from KL Rahul and an 83 from Rohit Sharma. Thereafter, Joe Root led the charge with the bat and scored an unbeaten 180 as England managed a 27-run first-innings lead.
Later contributions from Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara and a stupendous batting performance from tailenders Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah helped India post a target of 272 for the home team on a Day 5 wicket with 60 overs remaining. While many fans thought the match was heading towards a draw, the Indian pace attack had other ideas as they bowled the team for 120 in under 52 overs to register a win.
Earlier in a press conference when a journalist had hinted that the nation of India could get another reason to celebrate if India wins over England on August 15 (India's Independence Day), Rohit had saluted the media personnel. He has now shared footage of that press conference after India completed a win a day later on August 16.
"देर आए दुरुस्त आए! Brilliant win at Lord’s. Proper team show. A memorable one," he captioned the video.
Check out the video here:
There is over a week's gap before the start of the third Test match at Headingley which is beginning on August 25. While the first match had ended in a draw after rain made no play possible on the final day, the win at Lord's implies they have taken a 1-0 lead in the series with three Tests to go. While Joe Root and his boys would look to take out the positives from this match and bounce back in the remainder of the series, India will also get time to rest and regroup after celebrations of winning a historic match. India had earlier defeated England in a Test series at home. However, it should be noted that in that series it was England who had taken the lead before India bounced back which implies all is definitely not over for the Three Lions.