Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah returned to a “rousing welcome” over lunch on Day 5.© BCCI/Twitter
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, who are usually tasked with running through opposition opposition, batted for India on Day 5 of the second Test against England at Lord’s, splitting an unbeaten score of 89 runs to help India a goal of 272 runs. The duo came together on the fall of the eighth wicket and got India out of trouble, opposing England’s tactics with the ball which included a barrage of short balls to Bumrah. Over lunch, the Indian batsmen gave a “rousing welcome” from the team to the Lord’s Long Room as they returned with India leading 259 runs, having started the day with an average lead of 154 points.
“A collaboration to remember for @Jaspritbumrah93 & @MdShami11 on the pitch and a splashing welcome back to the #TeamIndia locker room,” wrote BCCI in a tweet, posting a video featuring the entire Indian squad lining up to face the challenging to welcome Indian batting pair.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 16, 2021
Coach Ravi Shastri led the way by congratulating Shami and Bumrah as India gained a strong position and a chance at a 1-0 lead after coming close in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
Shami also scored his second half-century Test in the first session on Monday and reached there in style, blasting a Moeen Ali delivery deep into the cow corner for six.
Both players gained confidence as the partnership progressed and they dominated England bowlers in the second hour of the session, with mouthwatering cover drives and slog sweeps.
India finally declared 298 for eight shortly after lunch, giving England a goal of 272 runs.
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