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It was England who won the toss and elected to bowl. On a pitch with a thick cover of grass, both captains were eager to bowl © Getty Images

India scripted their first Test win at Lord’s after 28 years as they trounced England by 95 runs on July 21, 2014. Ishant Sharma was the star with the ball on Day Five as he ripped apart England with short balls picking a career-best seven for 74 at the Home of Cricket. Ishant’s performance is the best bowling by an Indian at Lord’s. Needing 319 runs to win, England folded up for 223.

After lunch on Day Five, India changed their tactics, getting their fast bowlers to bowl a barrage of short deliveries. Ishant initially went for plenty. As many as 20 were scored off two overs. But, Dhoni persisted with the tactic and placed men back. Ishant came from round the wicket and continued with the barrage. Matt Prior fell to that ploy as he pulled one straight to mid-wicket. A few overs later, Ben Stokes got his third consecutive duck in this series when he pulled Ishant across the line and was caught at mid-wicket. And, Root, who had looked very good while playing the short ones, found the man perfectly at deep square-leg.

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