England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Ishant on a roll and Stokes' batting nightmare

Stats highlights from the Lord's Test, the last day of which was dominated by Ishant Sharma's seven-wicket haul

S Rajesh

July 21, 2014

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Ishant Sharma celebrates his five-wicket haul, England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 21, 2014
Ishant Sharma's 7 for 74 are the best figures by an Indian seamer in the fourth innings of a Test © Getty Images
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7 - Ishant Sharma's wicket haul in England's second innings, his best in Test cricket - his previous best had been 6 for 51 earlier this year in Wellington. Ishant's 7 for 74 were the fourth-best figures by an India seamer in an overseas Test, and the best by an India bowler - pace or spin - in England. Ishant's figures were also the fifth-best by an overseas bowler at Lord's and the best by a bowler from the subcontinent.

25 - The number of wickets that Ishant has taken in his last four Tests, at an average of 26.48 and strike rate of 45.8, with three five-wicket hauls. Before that tour to New Zealand, he had three five-fors in 53 Tests, at an average of 38.81 and a strike rate of 69.7.

2 - The number of India seamers who took six or more wickets in this Test - Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 6 for 82 in the first innings, while Ishant followed up with seven in the second, making it the first instance of two India seamers taking six or more wickets in the same Test.

6 - The number of instances of India seamers taking five-fors in the fourth innings of a Test. Ishant's figures are the best among the lot; the previous best by an India seamer in the fourth innings was Javagal Srinath's 6 for 21 against South Africa in Ahmedabad in 1996.

591 - Joe Root's aggregate in eight Test innings at Lord's - he averages 84.42 at the ground, with two hundreds and two fifties. At all other Test venues, he averages 35.67, with two hundreds and three fifties in 28 innings.

1.80 - Ben Stokes' batting average in his last ten international innings - he has scored 18 runs in them, with six ducks, and a highest score of 5.

54 - The number of byes in the match, which is the highest at a Lord's Test; the previous-highest was 50, in a Test which started exactly 121 years ago, on July 17, 1893. The highest in any Test is 69, in the India-Pakistan match in Bangalore in 2007.

15 - Number of overseas Tests in a row that had ended in defeat or draws for India. Their last overseas victory was in Jamaica in June 2011, since which they had lost ten and drawn five.

10 - Number of consecutive Tests that England have failed to win. Their last victory was in the fourth Test of the 2013 Ashes series at Chester-le-Street. Since then they have lost seven and drawn three Tests.

10 - The number of Tests, out of the last 11 which have ended decisively at Lord's, which have been won by the team that batted first. The only exception was West Indies' defeat by five wickets in 2012.

2 - The number of defeats for England out of the last 12 they've played at Lord's - the only other loss during this period was against South Africa in 2012, when they were set a fourth-innings target of 346, and lost by 51 runs. India's record improved to 2-11, with their only other win here coming in 1986.

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Posted by HaddockinOz on (July 22, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

Oh Dear, Bring back Pietersen? Maybe? I know it's an outrageous thought, but there does not appear to be many other options even though he has only been playing T20. Bopara, Woakes or Luke Wright for Stokes and or Ali Etc?

My Team/Squad for Southhampton...

Cook, Root, Bell, Morgan, Ballance, Bopara, Bairstow, Rashid, Broad, Plunkett, Anderson. (Wright, Woakes, Buttler).

CMON ENGLAND! or we'll end up being the laughing stock of cricket akin to our football team in the football world!.

I'm getting so much stick now I'm living in Oz, I need something to hit the Aussies back with!

Posted by aby_97 on (July 22, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

It's not Ben Stokes.It's England who is using Ben Stokes in the wrong way.I fear that this way Stokes will end up being a bowling allrounder.

Playing at No.9, the cricketer himself will feel that his primary job is to bowl.You don't expect a Stuart broad to hit a century in every match; then why from Stokes.He has been given a role by his team and he is doing it religiously.So, before pin-pointing his ability; one should pin'point the team management and the captain to use his resources wisely.

Posted by RAJEESHKUMAR on (July 22, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

@Cricstroke, you said bring back trot, but he wont come not even for a first class match. And KP, some one who texted the opposition captain against his own capatain. Last time around everybody criticized the injury hit Indian team when they lost 4-0 vs England. Now when they won, you try to tell that the performance was not good. Taking 20 wickets against an international side is not easy man. Try to recognize and appreciate some one's success. It is not a bad thing to do so.

Posted by landl47 on (July 22, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

What's unfortunate about Stokes is that his bowling has improved as his batting has declined. He was supposed to be a batting all-rounder, but in this test he was arguably England's best bowler. His lines were generally good, his economy rate was OK, he took 5 wickets for less than 100 runs and he bowled the fastest ball of the match. There's a good argument for saying that he is worth his place as a bowler alone.

In fact, at the moment that's the only argument for saying he's worth his place!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 22, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

@Cricstroke lol . Try to appreciate opponents for their hard work. Even normal bowling can cause problem for England! Jadaje got bottom connection just like Plunkett got other day. Well done India. It is the result of their team work. Keep going. One more win means, NO series loss this time. All the best!

Posted by Cricstroke on (July 21, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

haha what all the best, will not win rest matches, Ishant bowling was normal their was no brutal on that, England should bring back Trott and Pieterson throw out ben stokes and put chris Jordan and instead of plunkett keep tremlett or bresnan

Kumar not excellent same as what PK done on last tour batting on these pitches are not good for every one but jadeja and others got some stupid bottom connection that's why he got a fifty look on his average what was his role apart from this match

Posted by D-Coach on (July 21, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Good Match for Team India :) All the best for next three matches ;)

Posted by   on (July 21, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

wow what happened to ben stokes an average of 1.80 in the last ten tests whats he even doing in the team

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