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Report: England vs India, 2nd Test - Day 5

Ishant bounces out England, India achieve historic win at Lord's

India registered a historic 95-run win over England on the fifth and final day of the second cricket Test at Lord’s. Resuming the second session at 173/5, England were bowled out for 223 while chasing a target of 319 runs.

Pacer Ishant Sharma was the pick of the Indian bowlers with career best figures of 7/74. With the win, the visitors have taken a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

This is India’s second win at the ‘home of cricket’ since a Kapil Dev-led team won here back in 1986.

Ishant became the third Indian in the match to have his name etched in the honours list besides Ajinkya Rahane and fellow pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

The English batsmen succumbed to the short-ball from Ishant Sharma in quick succession on the last day of the second Test without offering much resistance. After claiming two wickets on the fourth day, Ishant set the ball rolling with the wicket of Moeen Ali at the stroke of Lunch and picked four more in the second session.

Ishant had reduced England from 173/4 to 201/8 to tip the scales back in India’s favour after Joe Root and Ali had kept the visitors at bay until the last ball of the morning session.

Earlier chasing the competitive score, Root held the innings together with a serene batting performance, while Ali ground it out in the middle to keep the hosts in fray after resuming on the overnight score of 105/4. However, their determined effort ended with the latter falling on the last ball before Lunch. Having battled it out to score 39, he gloved a snorter from Ishant to Cheteshwar Pujara at short-leg to leave the team on 173/5.

England had begun on a confident note with both Root and Ali playing out the Indian bowlers patiently. Ishant Sharma in particular looked threatening, beating the batsmen more often than not, even as a few edges failed to carry. Ravindra Jadeja tried to make optimum use of the “rough” marks and gave a few scares to the batting duo.

The Root-Ali pair patiently played themselves in and revived the hosts innings. Root welcomed Ishant in his second spell with three well timed boundaries to get to a vital half-century. MS Dhoni juggled his bowlers in search of a wicket, but that was not to be as they stitched together a 101-run partnership until Ishant Sharma sprung up a surprise out of nowhere to send Ali back to the pavilion.

England’s hopes rested on Root and Matt Prior with the tail to follow. But post-Lunch, India closed in on victory with Ishant claiming three in two overs. Prior swinging at a short ball from Ishant handed a catch to Murali Vijay at deep mid-wicket.

In the bowler’s next over he accounted for Ben Stokes and Root. Ishant banged in another short ball and while looking to pull, Stokes didn’t get enough bat on it and ended up giving a catch Pujara in the mid-wicket region.

Root, who had until then been patience personified was the next to depart pulling another short one from the tall pacer. Caught by Stuart Binny at deep square-leg, Root’s resistance ended for 66.

15 runs later, Broad nicked another short delivery going down the leg side to Dhoni. Anderson was the last wicket to fall. Scampering back to his crease after a ‘yes’ ‘no’ with Liam Plunkett, he was run out.

Brief scores:

Day 1: Ind 1st inn 290/9 in 90 overs (A Rahane 103, B Kumar 36, J Anderson 4/55, S Broad 2/79)

Day 2: Ind 1st inn 295 all out in 91.4 overs (M Shami 19, B Stokes 2/40); Eng 1st inn 219 in 86 overs (G Balance 110, B Kumar 4/46)

Day 3: Eng 1st inn 319 all out in 105.5 overs (L Plunkett 55*, B Kumar 6/82); Ind 2nd inn 169/4 in 63 overs (M Vijay 59*, MS Dhoni 12*, L Plunkett 2/23)

Day 4: Ind 2nd inn 342 all out in 301.1 overs (M Vijay 95, R Jadeja 68, B Kumar 52, B Stokes 3/51); Eng 2nd inn 105/4 in 46 overs (Moeen Ali 15*, J Root 14*, I Sharma 2/13)

Day 5: Eng 2nd inn 223 all out in 88.2 overs (J Root 66, I Sharma 7/74).

Man of the Match: Ishant Sharma for his match-winning 7/74.

Prajakta Pawar

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Stats Highlights: England vs India, 2nd Test - Day 4

Bhuvneshwar emulates Botham and Hadlee after scoring a fifty and registering five-for in consecutive Tests

Ravindra Jadeja (68) scored his maiden fifty in 10th Test. His previous highest was 43 against Australia at Delhi in 2012-13.

Jadeja’s fifty means that out of 22 players in this match, now 21 have scored at least a 50 in their Test career. The only player without a fifty in this Test match is Ishant Sharma.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (52) became first player to cross 50 thrice in a series while batting at number nine or lower.

During his innings Bhuvneshwar also completed his 200 runs in the series. With 11 wickets already on his name, Bhuvneshwar became first Indian and only the eighth player in Test annals to aggregate 200 runs and 10 wickets in first two Tests of a series. Others to do so are: England’s Billy Barnes, Australia’s George Giffen, South Africa’s Aubrey Faulkner, Pakistan’s Mushtaq Mohammad and Wasim Akram; and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori.

Bhuvneshwar has now scored a fifty and taken a five-wicket innings haul in back to back matches. He had scored 58 and 63* besides taking 5 for 82 at Trent Bridge. He is only the third player after England’s Ian Botham and New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in consecutive Tests.

India gave England a victory target of 319 runs. Of the previous 20 instances when India were defending a fourth innings target of 300 or more, they won 11, drew 8 and lost only one. The defeat came at Perth in 1977-78 when Australia chased down a target of 339 with two wickets to spare.

Only once before have England chased down a target of 319 or more in the fourth innings – against Australia at Melbourne in 1928-29.

Alastair Cook has now played 27 innings without scoring a hundred. This equals his worst such streak in Test cricket. Cook had a sequence of 27 innings between March 2008 and 2009 when he did not reach three-figure mark even once. However, on that occasion Cook’s average was 37.19 as against 23.62 in the current streak.

Cook, however, completed his 4000 runs in Test matches in England during his innings. He became eighth batsman to accomplish this feat.

Cook was dismissed off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for the eighth time in his Test career. Ishant now holds the record of dismissing Cook on most occasions along with Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson.

The catch of counterpart Alastair Cook gave MS Dhoni his 58th dismissal against England. He has now made most dismissals for India against a particular country. Interestingly Dhoni himself hold the previous Indian record, with 57 dismissals against Australia.

MS Dhoni has never lost a Test defending a fourth innings target of 100 or more. Of the nine such occasions India won four, while five were drawn!

Rajneesh Gupta

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