Report: Ind A vs SA A, Match 4
India A cruise to 70-run win
India A opened their account in the ongoing Quadrangular One-day series in Australia with an emphatic 70-run win over South Africa A at the Gardens Oval. After Manish Pandey (91) and Manoj Tiwary (93) helped the Robin Uthappa-led side to 326/7, Dhawal Kulkarni scripted the opposition's downfall. The pacer claimed 5/54 as India A bowled SA A out for 256.
India A skipper Uthappa won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa A in Darwin. Opening the batting with Unmukt Chand, the captain was the first to depart after scoring two runs.
But the batsmen to follow, ensured India A posted a massive score at the end of fifty overs. Manish Pandey, then joined Chand in the middle and the pair added 84 runs for the second wicket until Chand was sent back by Simon Harmer.
Tiwary who then came to the crease, plundered runs off the opposition attack. With a 73-ball 93 he helped India A to 258.
Although Pandey and Tiwary missed out on centuries, they had ensured that the team reached a competitive target. Ambati Rayudu (32 off 20) and Sanju Samson (24 off 13) played handy cameos and put a stiff target ahead of SA A. Matchant de Lange claimed 5/64 while K Rabada and S Hammer picked a wicket each.
South Africa A couldn’t do much in their reply as the Dhawal Kulkarni-led attack ran through the South Africa A line-up to wrap up the game in 47.1 overs. Kulkarni claimed five wickets, Pravez Rasool took two even as Akshar Patel and Rayudu chipped in with a wicket each.
SA A opener Reeza Hendricks scored a half-century while Justin Ontong made 48. But the rest of the line-up caved in to the India A attack and returned to the pavilion at regular intervals.
Brief scores: India A 326/7 in 50 overs (M Tiwary 93, M Pandey 91, de Lange 5/64) beat South Africa A 256 all out in 47.1 overs (R Hendricks 52, D Kulkarni 5/54) by 70 runs.
Stats Highlights: England vs India, 2nd Test - Day 5
Ishant Sharma (7-74) recorded the best figures by an Indian bowler in England
India’s win by 95 runs is their second at Lord’s in 17 Tests and first in 28 years. Their only win had come in 1986 when Kapil Dev led side beat England by 5 wickets.
The win is India’s first in 16 Tests outside India since the Kingston Test against West Indies in June 2011.
Ishant Sharma (7-74) recorded the best figures by an Indian bowler in England, surpassing Amar Singh’s 6 for 35 also at Lord’s in 1936.
Ishant’s figures are the fourth best by a visiting bowler at Lord’s after Glenn McGrath’s 8 for 38 in 1997, Bob Massie’s 8 for 53 and 8 for 84 in 1972 (in one Test!) and Sid Pegler’s 7 for 65 in 1912.
The above figures are Ishant’s personal best in Test cricket, beating 6 for 51 he took against New Zealand at Wellington in 2013-14.
This was Ishant’s sixth five-for in Test cricket. Incidentally five of them have come in away Tests. A look at Ishant’s career reveals some interesting stats. In his first 53 Tests Ishant took only three five-fors. In his last four Tests he has taken three five-fors!
Ishant’s figures are now the fourth best by an Indian pacer in an away Test after Kapil Dev’s 8 for 85 versus Pakistan at Lahore in 1982-83 and 8 for 106 against Australia at Adelaide in 1985-86; and Irfan Pathan’s 7 for 59 against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2005.
For the first time ever two Indian pacers have taken a six-for in the same Test – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (6-82) in first innings and Ishant Sharma (7-74) in second innings.
England have now not registered a win in last 10 Tests (losing seven of them). This is their worst streak since 1993.
The win is Dhoni’s 27th as captain. Now only Graeme Smith (53), Ricky Ponting (48), Steve Waugh (41), Clive Lloyd (36), Allan Border (32) and Stephen Fleming (28) have won more Tests as captain. Viv Richards and Hansie Cronje have also won 27 Tests.
Roger and Stuart Binny provided the first instance of an Indian father-son pair to appear in a won Test outside India. Interestingly Roger’s first win outside India had also come at Lord’s!