Ishant burst brings India back into Lord's Test

Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 17:39 [IST]
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Ishant brings Ind back into Lord's Test

London, July 24: India's attack transformed to a potent unit in the first session of play on Day 4 of the Lord's Test, knocking back five English wickets for 72. Praveen Kumar initiated the rot by removing Alastair Cook, before Harbhajan Singh foxed Andrew Strauss and Ishant Sharma came to the party sending back the hero of the first innings Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott in quick succession. The hosts overall lead was 260 runs at lunch.

Day 4 started with English openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook taking on the Indian new-ball pair of Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar. In the first over of the day itself, Strauss slammed Praveen Kumar for two back-to-back fours. But in England's 10th over, the medium pacer struck back by getting Cook caught behind for 1, with a ball that held its line. England were 23/1 in 11 overs.

However, over the next 8 overs, the riposte by Strauss and new man Trott was robust as England moved onto 50/1. But in the 23rd over, off-break Harbhajan trapped Strauss in front with a straighter ball, for 32 as the score read 54/2. Then down-on-his-luck Ishant finally reversed the trend, getting Kevin Pietersen caught behind for 1, off a fabulous bouncer and a few balls later, sending back Ian Bell for a duck.

Ishant seemed to have rediscovered his mojo, cleaning up Trott for 22 as England slumped to 62/5 in 27.4 overs. Then middle-order batsman Ian Morgan and Matt Prior took England into lunch at 72/5.

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