London, July 22: India's Test victory at Lord's yesterday (July 21) was a result of the team playing very well on all five days of the match.
Ajinkya Rahane's century on the first day on a green pitch laid the foundation for India's 95-run victory on the fifth and final day.
Here are the 7 most important factors which helped India win a Test at Lord's after 28 years
- Ajinkya Rahane's 103 on a green pitch after England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and put India in. India, thanks to Rahane, recovered from 145/7 to post 295. The next best score after Rahane's was 36 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar). This shows how significant his innings was
- Bhuvneshwar's six-wicket haul in England's first innings. His figures of 6/82 kept the hosts to 319
- Opener Murali Vijay played a gutsy knock in the second innings when India needed to set a big target for the hosts. He battled hard for 247 balls for his 95
- Ravindra Jadeja, batting at number 8, turned the match around with a brisk 68 off 57 balls in the second innings. Apart from this knock, his celebration of 'talwaar baazi' after reaching fifty, drew a lot of attention
- Bhuvneshwar provided vital support to Jadeja and scored 52 runs in the second innings as India scored 342, setting England 319 to win
- Ishant Sharma emerged as the hero on the final day. After a frustrating morning session, India bounced out the opposition batsmen in the post-lunch session. Ishant claimed five wickets (5/41 in 8 overs) in a spell replete of short-pitched deliveries
- MS Dhoni's masterstroke after lunch to not take the new ball and instruct a reluctant Ishant to bowl short worked wonders. Ishant credited Dhoni for all his wickets