Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 21 Jul 2020, 04:32:00 AM IST
The 21st of July is another important day in the history of Indian cricket. On the same day, Team India won on the Lord's ground in 2014 after 28 years. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma was instrumental in the Indian win. Sharma took seven wickets for 74 runs.
Chasing a target of 319 runs, England's score was 174 for four but the entire team was dismissed for 223 runs. And India had a historic win by 95 runs on the last day of the second Test match of the series. Ishant also became the first Indian bowler to take 7 wickets in an innings at Lord's. He was elected 'Man of the Match'.
The Indian team made its debut in Test cricket in 1932 at Lord's. Team India had not won any Test match since 1986. During this period of 82 years, India played 16 Tests at Lord's, in which it faced 11 defeats, while 4 matches were drawn. Prior to this victory, India had only one Test victory in the Lords, which they got in 1986, 28 years ago. Then under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, India defeated David Gawar's team by 5 wickets. The next time both teams clashed at Lord's in 2018, England won by an innings and a margin of 159 runs.
On the last day of the match, England started the game at 105 for 4 on the previous day. Joe Root and Moin Ali managed to bat, taking the team's score to 173 runs. The partnership between these two batsmen had reached 101 runs and the tension of Team India was increasing.
India got their first breakthrough just before lunch when Ishant's short ball caught Ali (39) at the hands of Pujara. Matt Prior, who came after Ali, took an aggressive stance but once again Ishant's short pitch ball helped. Prior tried to pull and was caught by Murali Vijay at deep midwicket.
Ishant Sharma did not allow Ben Stokes to come after Prior. Stokes was also out for an Ishanta delivery. Ishant looked strong in the same over which Ishant tightened India's grip on the match. Root scored 66 runs off 146 balls with 7 fours. After the root, no batsman could last much longer and England's defeat went on for sure.