Mohammed Shami’s 2nd Test half-century: The Indian fast bowler made runs in a quickfire manner when his team needed them the most from him.
During the fifth day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of England at Lord’s, India fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah applied themselves on the crease in the best possible manner to stitch a 77-run unbeaten partnership at lunch.
With Shami and Bumrah scoring at a strike rate of 77.61 and 51.72 respectively, they’ve all but prevented an Indian defeat at the historic venue. Shami and Bumrah’s combined heroics aided India to score 105 runs in the 26 overs which were bowled in the first session and lead by 259 runs.
It was in the 90th over that England fast bowler Ollie Robinson dismissed his Indian counterpart in Ishant Sharma (16) but the hosts would’ve never thought of Shami and Bumrah calling the shots soon afterwards.
Having hit his first boundary off Robinson in the 88th over, Shami was expected to continue playing his shots. However, a stark difference in his knock today was that he didn’t take unnecessary risks despite attacking the bowlers.
Shami, who is not known for batting with a low strike rate, waited until his 38th delivery to score his second boundary. With his eyes set now, Shami not only found boundaries at ease but also rotated the strike pretty well.
After being involved in a war of words with veteran England fast bowler James Anderson, Shami targeted Moeen Ali in the 106th over to hit a four and six on consecutive deliveries to register his second Test half-century.
Mohammed Shami’s 2nd Test half-century
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) August 16, 2021
Sensational Shami! His half century has almost certainly robbed England any chance of winning the Test
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 16, 2021
MOHAMMED SHAMI! Half century! And a ripper 6 to get there! Haha what a legend! This is so awesome to watch. #ENGvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) August 16, 2021
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) August 16, 2021
While even specialist batsmen tend to struggle in English conditions, Shami now has a couple of Test half-centuries to his name over there. It is worth mentioning that his maiden half-century had come in a 111-run partnership for the 10th wicket alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar during India’s tour of England 2014 in Nottingham.
Co-incidentally, Joe Root had scored a century and Ravindra Jadeja’s was India’s solitary spin-bowling option in that match as well which had ended in a draw.