7 reasons for India's Test victory at Lord's

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Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:41 [IST]
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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.

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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.

7 reasons for India's Lord's Test win

Here are the 7 most important factors which helped India win a Test at Lord's after 28 years

  1. 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
  2. Bhuvneshwar's six-wicket haul in England's first innings. His figures of 6/82 kept the hosts to 319
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Bhuvneshwar provided vital support to Jadeja and scored 52 runs in the second innings as India scored 342, setting England 319 to win
  6. 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
  7. 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


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