Root defiant as India remain on top in second TestSaturday, August 14, 2021
LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — England Captain Joe Root's latest rescue mission with the bat could not prevent India maintaining their grip on the second Test at Lord's yesterday.
The hosts were 119-3 at stumps on the second day, still 245 runs adrift of India's first-innings 364.
But amid yet another top-order collapse, star batsman Root was 48 not out.
Root had come in with England struggling at 23-2 after Mohammed Siraj took two wickets in successive deliveries — with the recalled Haseeb Hameed out for a golden duck.
Together with Rory Burns, Root repaired some of that damage in a third-wicket partnership of 85 before the left-handed opener was lbw to Mohammed Shami for 49.
The second ball after tea saw Dom Sibley, on 11, tamely chip Siraj to midwicket — a repeat of the struggling opener's careless first-innings dismissal during last week's rain-marred drawn first Test in Nottingham.
His exit brought in Hameed, playing his first Test since the last of his three previous caps, all in India five years ago. During the absence he suffered injuries and a loss of form that saw the now 24-year-old move from Lancashire to Nottinghamshire.
Hameed had replaced Zak Crawley, averaging just 11 in Tests this year.
But Hameed's long wait for a home debut Test innings ended, bowled first ball playing down the wrong line to Siraj.
England were 23-2 — the 15th time in their 19 Test innings this year they had lost their second wicket before reaching 50.
That left Root, the lone England batsman to pass fifty at Trent Bridge with scores of 64 and 109, facing an all-too familiar repair job.
Root blocked the hat-trick ball and when he square-cut Ishant Sharma for four to go to 14, surpassed Graham Gooch's tally of 8,900 Test runs to go second behind Alastair Cook (12,472) in England's all-time list.
That shot came during a flurry of four boundaries in six balls, with Burns hitting three fours in one Siraj over — an off-drive and two resounding pulls.
And even as batting became increasingly awkward under the floodlights, Root still eased Jasprit Bumrah through the covers for four with a defensive push.
Earlier James Anderson took 5-64 as India were dismissed after resuming on their overnight 276-3 having lost the toss.
It was the 31st time in 164 matches that Anderson had taken five wickets in a Test innings and the seventh occasion at Lord's.
Anderson's haul came amid some sloppy England fielding with several catches dropped and run-out chances missed.
It was a particularly commendable return given the 39-year-old Anderson had come into this game nursing a thigh problem.
England were already without Stuart Broad after Anderson's long-standing new-ball partner had been ruled out of the rest of this five-Test series with a calf injury.
Anderson has 626 Test wickets, with only two retired spinners in Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets) and Australia's Shane Warne (708) having had more success in the format.
India 1st Innings (overnight: 276-3)
R Sharma b Anderson 83
KL Rahul c Sibley b Robinson 129
C Pujara c Bairstow b Anderson 9
V Kohli c Root b Robinson 42
A Rahane c Root b Anderson 1
R Pant c Buttler b Wood 37
R Jadeja c Anderson b Wood 40
M Shami c Burns b Moeen 0
I Sharma lbw b Anderson 8
J Bumrah c Buttler b Anderson 0
M Siraj not out 0
Extras (b8, lb5, nb2) 15
Total (all out, 126.1 overs, 560 mins) 364
Fall of wickets: 1-126 (Rohit), 2-150 (Pujara), 3-267 (Kohli), 4-278 (Rahul), 5-282 (Rahane), 6-331 (Pant), 7-336 (Shami), 8-362 (Ishant), 9-364 (Bumrah), 10-364 (Jadeja)
Bowling: Anderson 29-7-62-5; Robinson 33-10-73-2 (2nb); Curran 22-2-72-0; Wood 24.1-2-91-2; Moeen 18-1-53-1
England 1st Innings
R Burns lbw b Shami 49
D Sibley c Rahul b Siraj 11
H Hamed b Siraj 0
J Root not out 48
J Bairstow not out 6
Extras (lb2, nb3) 5
Total (3 wkts, 45 overs, 208 mins) 119
To bat: J Buttler, Moeen Ali, S Curran, O Robinson, M Wood, J Anderson
Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Sibley), 2-23 (Hameed), 3-108 (Shami)
Bowling: Ishant 11-2-32-0; Bumrah 9-3-23-0 (3nb); Shami 8-2-22-1; Siraj 13-4-34-2; Jadeja 4-1-6-0
Match position: England are 245 runs behind with seven first-innings wickets standing
Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG), Richard Illingworth (ENG)
TV umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)