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LIVE Cricket! Ishant destroys England, India win at Lord's after 28 years

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July 21, 2014


19:27  
"A win for India outside India after 15 Tests. Dhoni's first in 5 Tests in England," says Rajneesh Gupta.

India register only their second Test win in 17 attempts at Lord's and their first since 1986.

There were other notable contributors in India's victory like Ajinkya Rahane (103) who scored a century on Day 1 on a difficult pitch, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored a half-century and took six wickets in the first innings. Ravindra Jadeja played an important knock in the second innings as he smashed 68 from 57 balls to script an amazing turnaround on Day 4.

India take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with the third Test to be played at Southampton from July 27.
19:22  Ishant destroys England, India win at Lord's after 28 years:  INDIA WIN BY 95 RUNS!!!

Eng 2nd inns: 223 all out (88.2 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Jadeja ends the match, getting the wicket of Anderson courtesy of a run out for two as England are bowled out for 223 to lose by 95 runs.

India win at Lord's after a long wait of 28 years and Ishant played a big part in the famous victory. The tall pacer bounced out England, claiming seven for 74, including five wickets on the final day and all of them perished to the bouncer!

Ishant is the first Indian bowler to take a seven-wicket haul in England and five of six five-wicket hauls have come in away Test matches.
19:13  Eng 2nd inns: 222-9 (88 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Plunkett takes a single from the first ball to bring James Anderson on strike against Ravindra Jadeja and he also takes one to get off the mark. Plunkett survives a huge shout for LBW off the last ball as he attempts the sweep but is beaten and umpire Dharmasena turns down the appeal.

Ishant continues, bowling from round the wicket to Plunkett. As expected with a short ball which Plunkett pulls to deep midwicket for one to bring Anderson on strike.

Anderson fends a short ball on the leg side as he avoids the short leg fielder for one and Plunkett pulls a short ball to deep square leg for another single to retain strike.
19:06   Eng 2nd inns: 216-9 (86 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Ishant has taken three wickets in the space of seven deliveries to single-handedly destroy England's lower order and take his team towards victory.

India won't take the second new ball as Jadeja continues from one end. Stuart Broad comes forward to defend but is beaten and hit on the pads but the LBW appeal is turned down before he takes one and Liam Plunkett blocks the rest of the over.

Ishant continues to bowl short as Broad ducks under one but it goes down the leg side and beats Dhoni for four leg byes. Broad then steers it on the off-side for a single before Plunkett guides wide of thirdman for two runs.

England have lost three wickets for 36 runs in eight overs in the post lunch session to slip after sensible batting in the morning session.

England finding it easy against Jadeja as they pick three singles off him but Ishant continues to trouble them with the short ball. Broad ducks under a few bouncers but decides to take it on later in the over but is beaten. The left-hander awkwardly tries to defend a short ball but top edges it behind the stumps for a four.

He perishes off the last delivery gloving a short delivery which is taken by Dhoni down the leg side for eight.

That's the fifth wicket off the short ball for Ishant in this innings. He register career-best figures of seven for 71 in 22 overs as England slip to 216 for nine, with 102 runs more needed for victory.
18:44  Ishant triggers collapse as India close in on victory:   Eng 2nd inns: 201-8 (82 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

India decide against taking the second new ball as Jadeja continues, bowling on the rough to new batsman Ben Stokes, who watchfully plays out the over.

England are falling into India's short ball trap and this time it is Stokes, who top edges the pull and is caught on the leg side for a duck, his third in a row in the series.

Ishant claims his fifth wicket to get his name on the Lord's honours board.

England are reduced to 201 for seven, with 118 runs more needed for victory as India close in on victory.

And Root also succumbs to the bouncer as he holes out to Stuart Binny at deep square leg to be dismissed after a wonderful innings of 66 from 146 balls.
18:33  Prior falls for 12, England lose 6th wicket:  Eng 2nd inns: 198-6 (80 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Just one over left for the new ball as Ishant continues and so does India's short ball tactics.

Root having no problems as he pulls it to deep midwicket for one but Prior falls attempting the pull and is caught by Dhawan on the midwicket fence after scoring just 12.

Superb bowling for India's most experienced bowler Ishant -- who has raised his game on a pitch not giving the bowlers much help on the final day. His figures currently read four for 62 in 19 overs.

Is this Prior's last innings for England? With three men on the boundary on the leg side waiting for that kind of shot, it was not exactly wise of Prior to attempt the shot.
18:21  Root's half-century keeps England in the hunt:  Eng 2nd inns: 193-5 (78 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Mohammed Shami to start off proceedings after the lunch break as Root pulls a short ball on the leg side for one.

Matt Prior also gets a short ball which he pulls to deep midwicket for one before Root hits Shami for back to back fours, pulling them through square leg to get 10 runs from the over.

Ishant to bowl from the other end. He starts with a short wide delivery to Prior which he punches through the covers for a four to make it a hat-trick of boundaries.

India continue to bowl short deliveries to Root who pulls Ishant to deep square leg for a single as Prior wants a second but is sent back.

Another short ball to Prior who pulls it handsomely through midwicket to continue the flurry of boundaries after the lunch break.

England in a rush, scoring 20 runs from the first two overs after the lunch break to reach 193 for five in 78 overs, with 126 runs more needed for victory.
17:37  Ishant dismisses Ali, England 173-5 at lunch:  
LUNCH - DAY 5
Eng 2nd inns: 173-5 (76 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard


The wicket of Ali (39) from the last delivery of the morning session reduces England to 173 for five in 76 overs at the lunch break on Day 5. They need 146 more runs for victory with two sessions to go in this thrilling Test match at Lord's.

Root batted beautifully through the session, playing a solid innings of 52 from 126 balls and he put on 101 runs for the fifth wicket with Ali to frustrate the Indians.

Overall, England scored 68 runs in 30 overs for the loss of one wicket in the morning session.

Ishant has been superb with the ball for India, taking three for 47 in 17 overs and was the only Indian bowler to make an impression on Day 5.
17:31  Ali out for 39 as England lose 5th wicket:  Eng 2nd inns: 173-5 (76 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Ali lofts Jadeja over mid-on for a couple to raise the 100-run stand for the fifth wicket with Root as England look lift the tempo before the lunch break.

Change of tactics from India as the slips are taken off and fielders placed at short leg and leg gully with Ishant bowling short to Root. The right-hander ducks under the first bouncer but defends the next and is struck on the body by the third.

The bouncer does the trick as Ali tries to fend the last ball but ends up gloving a simple catch to Pujara at short leg.

A wicket off the last ball of the session would boost India's morale heading into the lunch break.
17:22  Root hits fifty to lead England's fightback:  Eng 2nd inns: 170-4 (74 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Jadeja gets Ali to inside edge one but it falls short of Kohli standing close on the leg side before he flicks it uppishly past Pujara at short leg.

Extra bounce for Kumar as he hits Root on the fingers on the handle of the bat and he is attended to by the physio at the end of the over.

Both the batsmen have done well to keep the scoreboard ticking though slowly which has lifted England's hopes of winning the match.

Ishant comes back and he is welcomed to the crease by a cracking straight drive from Root, which goes back past the bowler for a four.

Root hits Ishant for two more boundaries through the off-side to bring up his fifty, from 122 balls.

An expensive over from Ishant, giving away 14 runs, and England's target is under the 150-run mark as they reach 170 for four in 74 overs.
17:05   Eng 2nd inns: 151-4 (70 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Shami and Bhuvneshwar bowling in tandem but not able to make any sort of impression with both Ali and Root looking quite settled at the crease.

Interestingly, Dhoni has come up to the stumps for Bhuvneshwar but was standing back for Jadeja. Is he not confident of standing up against Jadeja's slow left-arm spin?

Jadeja comes back, replacing Shami as Root turns it to midwicket for a single before Ali plays cautiously and defends the rest of the over.

Dhoni goes back against Bhuvneshwar and Root is quick to come down the track and slap it through the off-side for a boundary.

The pacers not getting any swing at the moment and India's best hope is now the second new ball which is due after 12 overs.

Ali steers Kumar through the vacant thirdman region for a boundary making most of a short delivery with a bit of width.

England are 151 for four in 70 overs with another 168 runs needed for victory with both batsmen on 35 not out.
16:36  Eng 2nd inns: 140-4 (62 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Ishant gets a break as Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the attack for the first time on Day 5. Ali reaching out to drive through the off-side but is unable to find the gap as Kumar bowls a maiden.

Just a single over for Dhawan as Mohammed Shami comes from the Nursery End and he gives away just a leg bye to Root, as Ali watchfully plays out the rest of the over.

Root comes down the track to Kumar but can't beat the fielder at midwicket. Umpire Bruce Oxenford checks the danger area on the pitch as Kumar bowls, he has already been warned once.

England have done well to survive the first hour to reach 140 for four in 62 overs, with another 179 runs needed for victory.

Root is batting on 29 from 84 balls, while Ali is on 30 from 105 balls with the duo putting on 68 runs from 184 balls for the fifth wicket so far to frustrate the Indians on Day 5.
16:11  A warning for the Indians from Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

"This pair are doing well. Ishant has bowled OK, but Jadeja has trundled up, not spinning it. If India get complacent, they won't win. These two England batsmen are getting in."
16:11  Root, Ali steady England as India's bowlers toil:  Eng 2nd inns: 135-4 (57 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Despite getting edging a few, Root has generally looked quite comfortable against both pace and spin. He flicks a full delivery through midwicket for three runs before Ali takes a quick single on the leg side.

Interesting bowling change from Dhoni as he brings on Shikhar Dhawan to replace Jadeja. Ali defends the first three deliveries before he bowls it wide down the leg side which even Dhoni can't collect for four byes.

16:01  Eng 2nd inns: 126-4 (55 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Root picks up another easy single off Jadeja's first ball leaving Ali to face the rest of the over. Jadeja gets a couple of deliveries to turn sharply into the left-hander with a little bit of extra bounce but it is dealt well by Ali. The last ball turns big and goes down the leg side as Dhoni collects it easily as standing back he has enough time to collect it.

Root gets another edge off Ishant which falls short of the slips for another single to the right-hander. Ali is then beaten by Ishant as the ball leaves the left-hander after pitching as the ball dies on its way to Dhoni.

Ali drives the last ball through the off-side to get another three runs as the two youngsters start to build a partnership to frustrate the Indians.

Ali is then beaten by Jadeja outside the off-stump as the ball held its line and two balls later one stayed low and went on the bounce to Dhoni.

Sourav Ganguly on commentary says "Anil Kumble has tried so many things in his career but he would never allow the keeper to go back."
15:52  Eng 2nd inns: 119-4 (52 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Ishant induces an edge from Ali, who tries away from his body, but the edge goes through the slips for a four.

Root takes a single off Jadeja's second ball before Ali defends the rest of the over with Dhoni still standing behind.

Sharma bowling a good spell as this time Root gets an edge but it falls short of Dhawan at first slip. Is he standing too far back?

Root steers the last ball of that over past the slip for three runs as England reach 119 for four in 52 overs.
15:41   Former India captain Sourav Ganguly had the honour of ringing the five-minute bell before start of play today. And Lord's cricket ground put up a short vide on Twitter along with a cheeky message.

"Sourav Ganguly rang the bell at Lord's this morning to start play -and he kept his shirt on ;) " Lord's Cricket Ground wrote on Twitter.

Check out the video http://vine.co/v/M2eOvZHPAJ0 
15:38  Eng 2nd inns: 110-4 (49 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been handed the ball first up on Day 5 and facing him is right-hander Joe Root, who is content to defend the first over with utmost caution.

Ishant Sharma, who took two wickets in the post-tea session, will bowl from the other end. Moeen Ali defends the first ball on the off-side but is beaten off the next as he pokes at one outside the off-stump. He drives the fifth ball through the covers for a boundary for the first runs of the final day.

Jadeja wasting no time between overs and also while bowling them as India aim to get as many over as possible on Day 5.

A single for Root on the off-side brings Ali on strike, who struggled against Jadeja on Day 4 as Dhoni again opts to stand back.

He comes down the track to Jadeja but is beaten as the ball hits his pads.
15:06  India set for famous victory on Day 5 at Lord's:  Eng 2nd inns: 105-4 (46 ovs); Target: 319 | Scorecard

India are looking to claim the remaining six wickets and complete a famous victory against England on Day 5 of the second Test at Lord's, in London, on Monday.

It would be a big boost for India, who were whitewashed 0-4 in England in 2011 and then lost 1-2 to England on their own backyard a year later.

At stumps on Day 4, England were struggling on 105 for four in 46 overs, still needing 214 runs for victory.

Root (14) and Ali (15) survived a tense last hour in the post-tea session as the Indian bowlers made most of a pitch offering a lot of uneven bounce and spin.

Ravindra Jadeja was India's star performer on Day 4 both with the bat and ball. He stroked a quickfire 68 from 57 balls, putting on 99 runs with Bhuvneshwar (52), who hit his third half-century in four innings in the series.

India finished on 342 in their second innings setting England a challenging target of 319 on a pitch getting increasingly difficult for batting.

Jadeja claimed the wicket of England opener Sam Robson (7) before Ishant left England reeling with the wickets of Cook and Bell.