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India register win at Lord’s after 28 years, take 1-0 lead after Ishant’s heroics

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India registered their first overseas test win in 3 years as they upstaged England at their own game by 95 runs in the second test at Lord’s to take a 1-0 series lead. Needing an unlikely 214 runs to win, England did brilliantly for the bulk of the first session till Ishant Sharma struck on the very last ball. Sharma then steamrolled England after lunch, taking a career best 7-74 to set up an incredible win.

Joe Root and Moeen Ali started confidently from their side’s overnight score of 105-4 as the duo negotiated the first hour well and left the Indians a bit restless. Ali drove Ishant through the covers for four to begin with and resorted to perfection and concentration through his solid defence. England looked set to overhaul the remaining runs needed, with the deficit falling below 200 and almost made it through a wicketless session, when Ishant Sharma, who was taken to fence three times by Root in his previous over, returned to bounce Moeen Ali out on the last ball before lunch.

Joe Root, who was set on 50, stuck to his natural game after lunch as he sent Shami for consecutive boundaries in the first over after the break. Matt Prior got off quickly, carving Ishant through point, but was soon dismissed two overs later as Ishant worked in another short ball to have Prior caught at deep mid-wicket for 12.

The visitors looked pumped, with just the four wickets remaining for a win. Ishant Sharma, who was in the middle of a threatening spell, picked up his 5th wicket of the innings as he once again dug it in short, with Ben Stokes mis-hitting it straight to mid-wicket for nought. Root picked out Binny at deep square-leg with a poor shot two balls later to give Ishant his 6th wicket as England started to crumble.

Ishant went one step better with the short ball yet again, as Stuart Broad shakily gloved one to Dhoni behind the stumps to leave England at 216-9. Ravindra Jadeja then inflicted a run-out off his own bowling as he caught James Anderson short of his crease to seal the match for India.

The Indians are looking a confident unit after bossing over England in conditions that heavily favoured the home side. After an action-packed test at Lord’s, the action now shifts to the third test match at Southampton on July 27th.

Team:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Matt Prior(wk), Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Liam Plunkett, James Anderson

India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c,wk), Stuart Binny, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami

Mini Scorecard:

India, 1st Innings, 295 all out  (91.4 overs, 3.21 rpo)

A Rahane 103(154)  J Anderson 4-60 (23)

B Kumar 36 (84)  S Broad 2-79 (22)

England, 1st Innings, 319 all out (105.5 overs, 3.01 rpo)

G Ballance 110 (203) B Kumar 6-482 (31)

L Plunkett 55 (79)  R Jadeja 2-46 (18.5)

India, 2nd Innings, 342 all out (103.1 overs, 3.31 rpo)

M Vijay 95 (247)   L Plunkett 3-65 (22)

R Jadeja 68 (57)  B Stokes 3-51 (18.1)

England, 2nd Innings, 223 all out (88.2 overs, 2.53 rpo)

J Root 66 (146) I Sharma 7-74 (23)

Moeen Ali 39 (147)  R Jadeja 1-33 (11)

India win by 95 runs