Mohammed Siraj played a crucial role in India registering only their third Test victory – after 1986 and 2014 – at Lord’s against England. The pacer snapped 8 wickets in the match – 4 in each innings – including hitting the final nail in the coffin: wicket of James Anderson, the last man in England’s defence.
With two wickets in the 52nd over of England’s innings, Mohammed Siraj completed the historic victory. On the second ball of the over, the Hyderabad seamer dismissed Jos Buttler, who had stood like a rock for 95 deliveries until then.
And finally, on the fifth ball, Mohammed Siraj, after having softened up Anderson with a short one on the previous delivery, changed the angle to round the wicket and bowled a length ball, which straightened on pitching and beat the batsman on the outside edge, hitting the top of the off-stump. While in his celebration, Mohammed Siraj ran towards the stumps and uprooted one and scenes of jubilation waved across the Lord’s.
Watch: Mohammed Siraj Knocks Over James Anderson As India Script Historic Win At Lord’s
OUT! TEAM INDIA HAS WON WITH 8 OVERS TO SPARE! 🇮🇳
India take 1-0 lead in the series 🙌🏽
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We had the belief we can get them out in 60 overs: Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli said the side had the belief that they could bowl England out inside 60 overs – and he was proved correct by the four-pace, plus Ravindra Jadeja, bowling attack as India won with 8 overs to spare.
Earlier it was an 89-run partnership between Jasprit Burman and Mohammed Shami which batted England out of the game. The skipper also lauded Siraj’s character for his relentless, energetic bowling while playing for the first time the storied Lord’s.
“We had the belief we can get them out in 60 overs. To get a result in 60 overs is quite special. And especially with someone like Siraj playing for the first time at Lord’s and he bowled superbly. We decided 60 is our mark. Crucial breakthroughs with the new ball was the right start for us,” Kohli said after the game.