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2nd Investec Test: Dhoni’s Men Pocket Victory at Lord’s after 28 Years; Ishant Sharma Stands out with 7 wickets

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2nd Investec Test: Dhoni’s Men Pocket Victory at Lord’s after 28 Years; Ishant Sharma Stands out with 7 wickets

July 22
11:10 2014

ishant1England, Tuesday, July 22 – Nothing could have been excellent than the victory for Indian Test team, which made all countrymen proud by tasting success at Lord’s that is considered the Mecca of Cricket. Being amid one of the beautiful cricket grounds on the planet, it was not so easy for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his potential ‘playing 11’ to send English men at the back foot when things could have inclined in the favor of hosting country.

At a stage where match was swinging to and fro and India needed few crucial wickets, it was Ishant Sharma who actually made the impossible possible. Exhibiting career’s best performance in 2nd Investec Test against England, the 25-year-old young pacer claimed seven wickets for 74 runs and gave jolt to England’s middle and lower batting order, which collapsed early without too much resistance.

Indian squad set England a target of 319 runs, which seemed somehow attainable keeping in mind earlier knocks shown by Alastair Cook’s team. Joe Root (66 runs of 146 balls; 4 x 7) and Moeen Ali (39 runs of 147 balls; 4 x 5) were making all efforts to take England on the brink of success, however, it was Sharma who took charge and sent both the batsmen back to the pavilion. Ali’s dismissal must have made the bearded cricketer to sit and plan once again how to smartly face short balls. He lost his wicket in the 1st innings nearly in the same manner as he did on the final day of the 2nd Test match. Two crucial wickets certainly sent the ball in India’s court and gave Dhoni’s team to smell the win a tad more closely.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior, Benjamin Andrew Stokes and Stuart Broad also succumbed to Ishant at the scores of 12, 0 and 8 runs, respectively, making task of winning the match a little bit easier for the guests. Their dismissals allowed Liam Plunkett and James Anderson to arrive on 22 yards pitch and confront Ishant, who was on fire the earlier day, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan. The winning moment arrived as soon as Anderson ran for a single but Plunkett didn’t. A bit of confusion gave the all-rounder Jadeja a chance to hit the stumps at the right time that let all Indian fans to jump in joy. The victory at Lord’s on Monday is special for the reason that it is secured after 1986. It ended the drought of almost 3 decades and enabled cricket fans believe that India have capable players, who can change entire game just by relying on the encouraging words from their captain.

After recording a 95-run win over England, India were at cloud nine. Though Ishant was declared ‘man of the match’, solid shows by Bhuvneshwar, Jadeja, Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane will be remain fresh in the minds of viewers, who followed the match ball by ball. With the must needed triumph, India took a lead of 1-0 in a 5-match Test series. Third match will be take place at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, on Sunday, July 27.

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