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Jul 21, 2014
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Man of the Match: Ishant Sharma
On bowling: I keep believing myself. All the short balls which got wickets, the credit goes to the captain. It is he who told that you are the tallest bowler and bowl short and get them. The partnership was going on and we needed to keep patience. But once a wicket falls, you need to put more pressure. We will enjoy for two days and head to Southampton and play the same cricket as we did before.
MS Dhoni: I think we did things right. Memorable Test for all of us. Not many players had played a Test away from home. But players took the onus.
I think it was a crucial toss. There was a bit of moisture on the wicket. The openers and No 3 did well to play there. Overall looking at the batting department we did well. And the tail is also performing well. The lesson from the 2011 series was to stay in the match till the third day of the series and we did that. Get the spinners in to play after that.
On Vijay – The more Tests he plays. His technique is very good but at times he doubts himself. So as time progresses he will be a good batsmen.
About the bowling post lunch: What was important was we had 200 runs. We had many ways to look at it. What cricket has shown is it’s a great leveler. We had to put pressure on them. There was a big partnership before lunch and we would have started doubting us. But that wicket of Moeen gave Ishant the confidence to come back hard. He has experience and is our strike bowler.
On Standing behind to Jadeja: Not really. I’ve never been there. I wanted Virat to stand wide, but I was worried that the ball will sneak between us. If there is an edge it will carry. We couldn’t have three fielders behind and hence I went back. We didn’t get many chances but it worked for us.
Alastair Cook: It’s a tough defeat. Got to give India a lot of credit. The pitch was turning and bouncing in the last innings. It was a good toss to win. We didn’t bowl well in the first innings and credit to India the left very well.
Credit to Jadeja, he was very brave. His innings was the turning point. There’s a group of players who are desperate to win for England. There will require some serious efforts and determination to turn this around. The lads in the team have a few days off before the Southampton Test and we need to regroup well.
A lot of the standout performances have been dealt by younger players. They (senior) players have to start pulling up. (On Matt Prior) It’s all up to Matt to decide. He has played fantastic cricket for England. At the moment he is the best wicketkeeper for England. It depends on how desperate he is to fight this and come back. He is a fighter.
On captaincy: It gets harder and harder until we win. I am willing to fight this around. If I don’t get this until the end of summer then we can think of it. I need to start scoring runs as well..
Here are some reactions to India’s win
The last time India won at Lord’s also involved the contribution of Sharma – Ishant Sharma 7/74 and Chetan Sharma 6/64. What a Test this has been. The lush green wicket had already created murmurs that India would fall apart. But superb batting from Ajinkya Rahane followed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s six wickets began India’s march towards this historic win. But none can match the magic of the short balls by Ishant Sharma registering his best bowling figures 7/74.
Stat: India’s first overseas win since 2011 when Rahul Dravid scripted the win against West Indies.
Stat: This is the first time an Indian bowler has taken seven wickets in the fourth innings of an away Test
What a way to get out. Sums up the way England have played this. James Anderson is run-out. Needless running and is well short and Jadeja’s direct throw marks India’s first victory at Lord’s in 28 years.
OUT! J Anderson run out 2(6)
This some intense spell from Ishant. Barrage of short balls and Broad looked good against short ones until he started fending off awkwardly. Ishant shoots one towards rib cage and Broad somehow manages to get it away for four. Lucky boundary. He is bowling round the wicket and bowling across the left-hander. And he finally gets one which Broad nicks.
Ishant 7 for 71. Best bowling by an Indian in an innings at Lord’s.
OUT! S Broad c Dhoni b ishant 8(14)
Stat: This is the first time two Indian bowlers have taken a five-for in the same Test at Lord’s
Both of Ishant’s six-wicket hauls have come in away Tests.
Ishant gets a five-for. He persists with the short ball and Ben Stokes tries to go for it. He fetches this outside off and the ball balloons straight in the air. Cheteshwar Pujara takes a simple catch. England have thrown away the momentum. Stokes still to get a run in this series. Joe Root falls for the same ploy as well. Pulls and pulls straight to Binny at deep midwicket. Three short balls and three wickets for Ishant.
OUT! B Stokes c Pujara b Ishant 0(6) & J Root c Binny b Ishant 66(146)
Short, Short and short… Prior finally falls to it. Ishant was bowling short balls over the wicket and Prior looked comfortable pulling it. On the penultimate ball of the over he goes round the wicket and Prior hits it straight to deep midwicket. Is this the end of his career… only the next Test will tell. Meanwhile, India have made the first breakthrough post lunch at the cost of 25 runs.
OUT! M Prior c Dhawan b Ishant
Indians are bowling short balls before taking the new cherry. Prior slapped a short and wide one for four. On the fourth, Root pulls to deep backward square-leg, Shami misfields. The batsmen think of a two and call off at the last moment. If the throw was on target could’ve been close. On the penultimate ball, Prior pulls it for four. India have leaked runs through the short balls.
Two boundaries in the first over post lunch for Joe Root. Shami continues with the short stuff and he pierces the two fielders in the deep.
Lunch: India can digest their lunch better thanks to Ishant Sharma! He looked nowhere close to the rhythm he was in. Last ball before lunch was a short one, Moeen tries to fend it off and the ball balloons to Pujara at forward shortleg.
OUT! Moeen c Pujara b Ishant 39(147)
100 Partnership between Joe Root and Moeen Ali
Fifty for Joe Root in 122 deliveries. Still firm to take England to victory here. Ishant comes in and starts with a full delivery and he drives it for four. The next one is slapped through covers for four and next ball was cut away past point for. Fighting innings from Root and has looked the most assured of the two. 149 runs needed to win.
Moeen Ali is living dangerously. After Root rotates strike with a single, Moeen almost edges once to the leg-slip and then to Pujara. That would keep Dhoni interested to persist with Jadeja. Going to be a tough day for the close-in fielders.
Bhuvneshwar and Jadeja bowling from either ends. The batsmen are still going strong. Except for the odd ball from Jadeja which keeps low, this has been a solid partnership.
Dhoni standing behind for Jadeja and is up to the stumps for Bhuvneshwar! Good over from Bhuvneshwar. He is pitching it at good length and forcing Root to be on the defensive. The partnership is worth 69 and they are 178 away.
Indians have been so far tight in their bowling. 35 in the 16 overs until the first drinks break. But the wickets are key for the visitors as England will ease to victory if they keep going till the end of the day. Social media is already abuzz with India’s deja vu at Wellington (McCullum-Watling) and Johannesburg (Faf-De Villiers).
Bhuvneshwar and Mohammed Shami bowling from either ends. The batsmen look pretty settled and the partnership has swelled to 65 runs.
So no one’s giving England a chance…
Dhoni continues to make the odd changes. Dhawan replaces Jadeja from the Nursery end. Comes round the wicket to Moeen Ali. One goes down the leg-side for four. Four byes and a single from the over.
Every time the ball pitched on the rough it has shot past below the bat. Dhoni does well to save all those runs standing three-four yards behind the wicket.
Ishant once again looking effective against the right-handed batsmen. This time beats Joe Root on the first delivery. The second one is edged to first slip and just drops short of Dhawan. He has been standing a yard or two behind and that’s spoiling India’s chances. Ishant has done well to force Root to play from the backfoot which is his weak zone. The last ball is guided late towards thirdman and they run three.
Jadeja continues from the Nursery end while Ishant bowled the second over of the day from the Pavilion end. Ishant managed to induce an edge off Moeen Ali which fetched England four lucky runs. Meanwhile, all eyes are on the Jadeja over. Close-in fielders are focused on the edge of Moeen’s bat while Dhoni is once again standing three yards away behind the stumps.
Sir Ravi Jadeja opens the bowling for India on Day Five along with Ishant Sharma, whose double strike last evening put India firmly ahead. Moeen shows his class by driving Ishant firmly through covers. Positive start by England on a huge day.
Hello and warm welcome to the fifth day’s play of the second Test between India and England at Lord’s. This is Abhijit Banare and I will take you through the live updates for the day’s play. India are six wickets away from scripting a fine win against England at Lord’s. England will resume on a score of 105 for 4 on the fifth and final day. If India win this Test match, it will be only their sixth victory in England. The fourth day turned out to be a keen tussle between both the sides, before Ravindra Jadeja‘s eye-catching innings helped India to gain the upper hand. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the star performer with a ball in hand for India also did well as a batsman on the fourth day. He gave good support for Jadeja.
Earlier, Murali Vijay made a fine knock of 95. His patient-vigil at the crease was ended by a delivery that bounced a bit more than expected and shaped away from Vijay to take the edge. James Anderson was the one who dismissed him. India ended up with 342 runs on the board. Liam Plunkett bowled well for England and made breakthroughs at regular intervals. England though, require someone to play a substantial innings from either Moeen Ali or Joe Root if they, have any chance of winning this Test match.
Actually, after losing the wicket of Sam Robson early on, Alastair Cook and Gary Ballance seemed to be stitching a fine partnership, before there was a collapse. The track is expected to help the bowlers on the fifth day in the sense that it is keeping low. Even Jadeja with his slow left-arm orthodox can come into play for the Indian team.
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