Team India registered a historic 95-run win over England on the fifth and final day of the second Test at Lord's here Monday. Led by a ferocious Ishant Sharma, who bounced out England's batsmen with some relentless short-pitched bowling, India bundled out England for 223 to pull off a huge victory. The lanky pacer finished with the figures of 7 for 74, the best figures by an Indian at Lord's.
By beating England at the Lord's, India won their first overseas Test match since their victory against West Indies in 2011. India lead the five-match Test series 1-0 after the first match in Trent Bridge ended in a draw.
From a relatively comfortable 173 for 4, the last six wickets of England fell for only 50 runs with the final five coming in only 12.2 overs after lunch on an absorbing fifth day's play. It took 28 long years for India to win a Test match at the 'Home of Cricket' after Kapil Dev's team achieved the feat back in June 1986 winning by five wickets.
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Resuming the day at 105 for 4 on the final day, the two overnight batsmen Joe Root (66) and Moeen Ali (39) batted with a lot of determination adding 101 runs in 44.4 overs before Ishant struck on the last ball before the lunch. Ali and Root had added 99 run when Sharma got one ball to kick up and Ali awkwardly fended it off to Cheteshwar Pujara at short-leg.
Matt Prior was the first to fall after tea when he hooked Ishant to deep square leg where Murali Vijay took the catch to reduce England to 198 for 6, chasing 319. From there on it was comical batting by England all around. Ben Stokes palyed a miserable shot moments later when he tried to pull Sharma into the deep but only manged to mistime the shot and find the fielder inside the circle. He recorded a pair and England were on the brink.
Root, who batted superbly to reach 66 but with his partners committing the equivalent of cricketing suicide up the other end, the Yorkshireman also fell for Sharma's trap by hooking straight to Stuart Binny at the deep square leg. Next to follow was Stuart Broad, who gloved a short ball down the leg side and the collapse was complete when Anderson pushed into the off side and was comfortably run out by a direct hit from Ravindra Jadeja.
It was India's first away victory in 16 Tests, a sequence dating back to 2011, and their first at Lord's since 1986. The defeat was England's seventh in nine matches. With the win, the visitors have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The third Test match starts on 27th July.