India’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami emerged as the leader of the pace attack in absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he picked up three crucial wickets against England on day three of the second Test at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on Saturday. Out of Shami’s three blows, his wicket of England’s in-form batsman Jos Buttler proved out to be the most important one for the visitors. Also Read - President Signs Ordinance to Set up Committee to Monitor Air Pollution; AQI Deteriorates to 'Severe' in Many Areas in Delhi
Buttler along with wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow threatened to take the game away from India’s grasp with a quickfire 42-run stand for the fifth wicket. But, Shami nailed Buttler in front of the stumps to break the dangerous partnership. Also Read - Social Media Impact: 79-Year-Old Roadside Plant Seller's Sales Double After Viral Photo
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The Indian seamer bowled a full delivery on middle, at pace and that was enough to outsmart Buttler, who walks across to flick it but completely misses it. He was shuffling like always, tried to flick and missed. That would’ve crashed into middle and leg. Another one for Aleem Dar who raised the finger in a flash. Buttler looked at the big screen before walking off.
Earlier, Shami struck twice to reduce England to 89 for four at lunch on the third day of the second Test. The 28-year old pacer bowled a fine spell, taking 2 for 27 as India put in a hard grind with the ball after they were dismissed for 107 in their first innings yesterday.
At the break, Jonny Bairstow was unbeaten on 4, following the dismissal of skipper Joe Root at the stroke of lunch. After rain washed out the opening day and affected the proceedings on the second day, conditions changed drastically today as the sun came out with not a hint of rain around.
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Moisture, both in the air and on the surface, dried up quickly as batting seemed a lot easier. Even so, the ball continued to do something as Ishant Sharma (1-26) and Shami began proceedings for the day.
They took a couple overs to find the proper line and length to bowl at the two left-handed opening batsmen. Shami troubled the batsmen more in this opening spell, with Sharma finding more impact as he changed lines to come around the wicket.
The breakthrough came in the eighth over as Shami trapped Keaton Jennings (11) lbw, with England losing a pointless review. It became a double blow as five balls later Alastair Cook (21) was caught behind off Sharma and the hosts were reduced to 32-2.
Joe Root (19) and 20-year-old debutante Oliver Pope (28) then added 45 runs for the third wicket. Some shoddy bowling from Kuldeep Yadav (0-15) and an ordinary first spell from Hardik Pandya (1-15) helped the batting duo, as the score crossed 50 in the 14th over.
England lead the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first Test in Birmingham by 31 runs.
(With Agency Inputs)