What happened when India last played a Test match at Lord’s

first_imgThe second Test of the five-match Test series between England and India starts today at Lord’s.After losing the first Test by 31 runs, Virat Kohli and co would be aiming to bounce back as England lead the series 1-0.And if Team India is in need of some inspiration, all they need to do is too look back at their previous performance at Lord’s in 2014.India were handed a heavy defeat in the Test series the last time they visited England in 2014. But before things turned sour, it was at Lord’s that India registered their only win of the series and took a 1-0 lead.Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestIt’s a different story that India went on to lose the next three matches as they succumbed to a 3-1 series loss.Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma were the heroes of the match as the team led by MS Dhoni dealt the first blow on the hosts by winning at Lord’s for the first time after 1986.The first Test ended in a draw at Nottingham following which the teams locked horns on a green top at Lord’s. Rahane scored one of the greatest hundreds in Indian Test history as he negotiated prodigious swing and seam movement against the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.Virat Kohli-led Team India are a bit ‘undercooked’, feels Nasser HussainSuch was Rahane’s class that none of the other batsmen managed to score over 36 runs, which was the next best score coming from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. India made 295 and then conceded a first innings lead of 24 runs with Gary Ballance scoring a century. Bhuvneshwar took a six-wicket haul as England made 319.advertisementIndia in England: Brief history of 6 Test wins in 43 yearsMurali Vijay (95), Ravindra Jadeja (68) and Bhuvneshwar (52) then rose to the occasion with the bat in the second innings to help India set a target of 319 for the hosts.Ishant then produced one of the most memorable spells by an Indian bowler on English soil and picked up a record 7 wickets in the process as India bowled out England for 223 and registered a historic win at the Mecca of cricket.The victory was India’s only second win at the historic cricket ground. India’s record in Test cricket at Lord’s stands at 17 played, two win, four draws and 11 loses.India vs England, Lord’s Test: Former greats call for Pujara’s inclusionLord’s hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Team India but with his sie already 1-0 down in the series, captain Kohli would relish the opportunity to turn things around and prove the skeptics wrong.last_img

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