With victory insight India took to field on last day of the Lords Test. Overnight batsmen Joe Root and Moeen Ali were up with a task as England still needed 214 runs to win with six wickets in hand. A courageous bowling display by Ishant Sharma saw India go one up in the series with a 95 runs win and conquer the Lords for the first time in 28 years. In case you missed the riveting action on fifth day here are five interesting highlights of the historic day’s play.
Joe Root & Moeen Ali keep England in hunt: The two batsmen may have lived dangerously but they fabricated a century stand to keep India out. Root and Moeen put up 101 runs for the fifth wicket and led the England fight back after the top order collision.
Ishant Sharma provides break through: Just when Root and Moeen partnership crossed hundred run mark Ishant Sharma struck at the brink of Lunch. He removed Moeen Ali who was on 39 with a short ball that went from batsman’s gloves to Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg.
Ishant Sharma ruffles England:After lunch England started off in a promising fashion but for a limited time before Ishant Sharma kept attacking them with short balls.The tall fast bowler went on to pick seven wickets and left England in a devastating position. He removed Matt Prior, Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Stuart Broad with short deliveries and got his name inked on honours board.
Ravindra Jadeja runs James Anderson out:Jadeja-Anderson spat set the tone for the already heated battle ahead of the second Test. Last wicket to fell for England was James Anderson who was run-out thanks to the swiftness of Ravindra Jadeja, who on his follow-throughinflicted a direct hit on stumps. It was curtains on England innings and a historic win for India.
Man of the Match Ishant Sharma:No prizes for guessing who the man of the match was, Ishant Sharma’s figures read 7-74 at the end of the match and was one proud moment of his career. He deservingly led the winning team off ground. Ishant Sharma’s spell was for sure a match winning and deserves all the accolades.