On this day in 2014, India beat England for the first time in a Test match at Lord’s since 1986. Ishant Sharma produced, arguably, the best performance in his Test career as his 7 for 74 in the second innings, helped India win the match by 95 runs.
Though, after winning that game, India went on to lose next three Tests, eventually losing the Test series 3-1.
Talking about the Lord’s Test, India were bundled out for 295 runs in the first innings. Ajinkya Rahane starred with the bat, scoring 103 runs off 154 deliveries. James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers, having claimed 4 wickets in that innings.
England in reply, amassed 319 runs in their first innings, thanks to a wonderful ton by Garry Balance. He scored 110 runs off 203 balls. Liam Plunkett too scored a half-century to take the total past 300. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the charge, claiming 6 for 82.
To win the Test, India needed to put a strong total on the board in the second innings. Much to the delight of Indian fans, they did so as India notched 342 in the second innings. Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja all made vital contributions, scoring 95, 43 and 68 respectively.
India set a target of 318 runs in the fourth innings and needed to take 10 wickets to script history. Ishant Sharma took upon himself and produced one of the best fast bowling spells in Test cricket. The Delhi bowler claimed seven wickets for 74 runs as England were bundled out for 223 runs in the second innings.