Tue, 7 Sep 2021

Twitter reacts as magnificent India breaks its 50 year wait by thumping England at Oval

It seems 2021 is a year of firsts for India and also about breaking a few jinxes. Earlier this year India beat Australia earlier this year at Gabba to end a 33 year old streak of Australia. Monday saw the Indian team beat the English at oval for the first time since 1971. The 50 year wait was broken by the Indian pacers as India took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series by winning the 4th test at Oval by 157 Runs.

Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed Start Strong as England lose two wickets going to lunch–

England came into the final day of the 4th test needing 291 more runs with all ten wickets in hand. England added 23 runs more to their overnight score of 77/0 as Rory Burns scored yet another half century. Shardul Thakur though broke the 100 run stand between Burns and Hameed. Shardul had Burns feather behind a simple catch to wicket keeper Rishabh Pant. The next to go was Dawid Malan who was run out going for a non-existent single and being caught short of the crease as Pant whipped of the bails after Mayank Agarwal’s perfect swoop and throw.

Pacers break the English Morale before Tea –

The English went to the lunch break at 131 for 2 still needing 237 for a win. Ravindra Jadeja bowling round the wicket got the ball to turn and get rid of Hameed. Ollie Pope was bowled by Bumrah who became the quickest Indian to 100 test wickets. Bumrah wasn’t done as he got the key wicket of Bairstow off a perfect yorker for a duck. Moeen Ali fell bat pad to short leg off Jadeja. The last bit of resistance by Joe Root was finished by Shardul Thakur. Root was let down by his dabs to third man as he tried to play the stroke again and got an inside edge which saw his stumps rattled. Woakes was the last man to go before tea caught by Rahul of Umesh Yadav.

Umesh Yadav finishes the proceedings-

India need just 2 wickets post Tea and Umesh Yadav was breathing fire with the ball in his hand. India continued with the old ball but the English were holding firm. India took the new ball and that did the trick. Umesh Yadav castle Overton who took a blow to his Elbow in the process. The game was over as Anderson fended at a short ball to be caught behind. The English number 11 took DRS but there was a clear spike on the bat and the Indians roared in delight to register their win.

Twitter reactions –

As soon as India won the test match, the Twitter space was abuzz with reactions. The first to tweet was Virender Sehwag who posted a meme and took aim at experts who claimed India wins only on turning tracks. Former Indian pacer RP Singh too was overjoyed with the win. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer too tweeted his appreciation for the Indian team. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan just tweeted “that’s a proper test win”