Former England captain Michael Vaughan said it will be difficult for England to bounce back after their crushing loss to India in the second Test at Lord’s. The visitors’ rearguard action on day five paved the way for an epic win by 151 runs. England, who dominated India for most part of the match didn’t quite recover from the Jasprit Bumrah-Mohammed Shami onslaught with the bat, which allowed skipper Virat Kohli to declare at 298.
England needed 272 runs in sixty overs for a win but India bowlers had their tails up and bundled out the hosts for just 120. Vaughan feels the road ahead for the home team in the remaining three Tests is tough and challenging.
It all started on Day 3 when Bumrah peppered Anderson with a barrage of short balls, which the senior statesman didn’t enjoy. When it was Bumrah’s turn to bat, England players James Anderson, Mark Wood, Jos Buttler, and Ollie Robinson had a go at Bumrah, bowling short, trying to give it back to the pacer. Doing so, they strayed away from the best mode of dismissal in England, getting the batsmen caught behind. The move backfired as Indian pair of Bumrah and Shami piled on the runs.
“England have prodded them. They have fired them up. It will take a very good England team to come back from here – and I don’t think they will. It’s going to be a long three Test matches from here,” Vaughan told BBC.
Meanwhile, India skipper Virat Kohli was elated after the win and said the team always had the belief of winning the game.
“The way we played in the second innings after being put under pressure – Jasprit and Shami were outstanding. We had the belief we can get them out in 60 overs. A bit of tension on the field really motivated us to finish the game,” Kohli said after India’s 151-run win.