England vs India, 2nd Investec Test, lord’s. 5th Day
Indian team under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni registered a historic win of 95 runs over England on the fifth and final day of the second Test match at Lord’s on Monday. India won their first overseas match since their victory against West Indies in 2011; also their first win at Lord’s since 1986 and by this India lead the five Test match series by 1-0. India second win at Lord’s after 28 year’s in 17 visits.
Form their overnight score 105-4, Joe Root and Moeen Ali were at the crease on the final day of the second Test match. They both hung around for a while and adding 101 runs in 44.4 overs just before the last ball before the lunch Moeen Ali (39) was struck by Ishant Sharma in the 1st session of the Test match. Matt Prior was to go after tea, caught by Murali Vijay at deep square leg bowled by Ishant Sharma short pitched bowl. Ben Stokes and Joe Root, both were got out in the similar fashion, misjudged by short pitch deliveries from Ishant Sharma. As Ishant Sharma claimed career best figures of 7-74 as England were all out for 223 chasing a huge target of 319.
“It is a very memorable Test match for all of us. I feel the approach was fantastic – it wasn’t like all of us got runs, but what was important was that individuals rose to the occasion. Looking at the whole batting department they did very well, and the tail is contributing. We learned from the 2011 series that it is very important to stay in the game until the end of the third day,” said Dhoni.
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 52; Stokes 3 for 51) vs England 319 & 223 (Joe Root 66, Moeen Ali 39; Ishant Sharma 7 for 74).
Man of the match: Ishant Sharma
The third test starts on 27th July on Sunday at Southampton.