India's most memorable Test victories in England
- A Test victory in Englandd is always memorable. However, these few Tests will remain in the hearts of Indians for many many years to come.
#4 Second Test, Lord's, India tour of England, 2014
The wounds of 2011's 4-0 defeat against England were still fresh when India toured England in 2014.
Scrutiny going around was to see whether this Indian side, in absence of Sachin, Dravid, and Laxman, be able to perform well or not. Hopes were high on Pujara, Kohli, and Rahane as the replacement to the legendary trio. This was India's first tour to England in absence of Sachin and Dravid for almost three decades.
India had successfully managed to draw the first Test and now the proceedings were at Lord's. Winning the toss, Alastair Cook invited the guests to bat first. Indian top order scattered against the British bowlers and were reduced to 145-7. Looked like India would suffer another low total, but Rahane and Bhuvi came to India's rescue. They both added 90 runs before the latter was dismissed by Broad at 36.
Rahane completed his century and registered himself at the Lord's honour list. However, he gave away a loose catch to Jamie Anderson and went back to pavilion at the score of 103. India were bowled out for a respectable 295 runs.
Gary Ballance's century helped England put a negligible lead of 24 runs on India as Bhuvi struck with a 5-fer and became the second Indian in the match to register himself at Lord's honour list.
Coming in to bat in second innings, Indian openers gave a solid start. Murali Vijay played a crucial knock, however, missed his century by just 5 runs. Ravindra Jadeja along with Bhuvi made sure that India gives an almost unachievable total to the hosts as Jaddu finished his half-century. Both of them added 99 runs as India put on a target of 319 runs to England.
At the end of the day 4, it looked like the game was heading towards a draw. But, Ishant Sharma changed the course of the match single-handedly, taking 7 wickets and leading India to its second Test victory at Lord's. India won the match by 96 runs as England were bowled out for 223. Ishant's 7/74 remains as one of the most lethal spells by any Indian pacer in Test cricket ever.