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Day 5

455dThe Report by David Hopps

Ishant's seven destroys England

Ishant Sharma, bowling short and aggressively with the old ball, produced one of the most memorable spells in the history of Indian fast bowling to destroy England's resistance in the second Investec Test at Lord's.

455dJarrod Kimber at Lord's

Ridiculed Ishant ridicules England

Ishant Sharma has often been the butt of jokes, and sometimes deservedly so. Today, however, the joke was on England

455dSidharth Monga at Lord's

Dhoni masterminds bouncer attack

Having completed India's second Test win at Lord's, MS Dhoni revealed how he had to step in and get his bowlers to execute the right plan

455dESPNcricinfo staff

Cook reiterates he is no quitter

Alastair Cook, England's beleaguered captain, reiterated his desire to stay in the job after defeat to India at Lord's extended the team's winless run to ten matches

455dSidharth Monga at Lord's

Dhoni decides, Ishant provides

MS Dhoni and Ishant Sharma reversed India's customary defensive strategies, on day five at Lord's, to help them to a landmark Test win

455dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

Three Tests to save Cook's captaincy

Alastair Cook admitted his position as captain will become "untenable" if he cannot arrest his slump in batting form within the next three Tests.

455dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

Hapless England victims of failing system

Previous England inadequacies were masked by a handful of excellent players but now the national side are showing the results of an environment too cosy for those whose faces fit and one that ostracises the rest

Day 4

455dThe Report by David Hopps

Jadeja and Ishant have India believing

Fifteen overseas Tests have elapsed since India last won a Test outside their own country, but they will barely be able to curb their excitement that the run is about to end

455dSidharth Monga at Lord's

Oh, Ravi Jadeja: India's warrior king

The allrounder splits opinion; awash with IPL cash and with three first-class triple hundreds. He is an in-your-face-cricketer trying to establish a Test career and took Lord's by the scruff of the neck

455dSidharth Monga at Lord's

Anderson spat helping Jadeja - Vijay

M Vijay might have missed out on a Lord's century by one shot, but he was not shy of playing one at the press conference

455dGeorge Dobell

Farbrace defends senior players

Paul Farbrace insisted England's senior players could not be praised highly enough despite recent results at the close of play on the fourth day of the second Investec Test at Lord's

455dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

Scars of the old era haunt England

It will take something remarkable for England to chase down their target and the more evidence that is displayed suggests more fresh faces need to brought into the team in place of mentally scarred seniors

455dJarrod Kimber at Lord's

Bhuvneshwar writes a different history

He is not quick. He is not tall. He bats at No. 9. But he is proving a superstar for India in this series. It is not the first time Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken people by surprise

Day 3

455dThe Report by David Hopps

Determined Vijay keeps England at bay

India have lost more Tests at Lord's than at any other venue, but it will take a formidable bowling performance by England on the fourth morning for them to lose this one

455dMark Nicholas at Lord's

For goodness sake, pitch it up

Uniform pitches are a problem all over the world. They all play much the same. It is crucial that the indigenous qualities of surfaces in their various climates and conditions are allowed to flourish


Batting form helped my bowling - Bhuvneshwar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India's top bowler in the ongoing Test series against England with 11 wickets, has said his good form with the bat has been a major factor in helping him perform well with the ball

455dSidharth Monga at Lord's

Bhuvneshwar - Meerut's scissors

The small town in Uttar Pradesh is known for its assembly line of scissors and now, swing bowlers. While Praveen Kumar has fallen off the radar, the relatively humble Bhuvneshwar Kumar is made of sturdier metal

Day 2

455dThe Report by David Hopps

Bhuvneshwar counters Ballance century

Another failure for Alastair Cook, an increasingly beleaguered England captain, followed by a long, hard grind on London's hottest day of the year: this Lord's Test match Friday was never going to grant its favours easily

455dSidharth Monga at Lord's

Bhuvneshwar thanks Praveen's advice

On a day that Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept India in the Test with 4 for 46 in 23 testing overs, he acknowledged Praveen Kumar's contribution to his success

455dJarrod Kimber

Twenty-two yards of cricket's ever evolving unknown

There has been no shortage of talk about pitches in recent weeks, but even those who have to make important decisions about what to do on them don't always get it right - so what chance the rest of us?

456dBishen Jeswant

India's first-innings struggles at Lord's

The only time that India took a lead while batting first at Lord's was in 1936. With England currently at 219 for 6, India will be hoping to make this a second time

455dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

Cook's descent into private hell

Eventually, with the batting failures accumulating and his captaincy not compensating, the reasons for persisting with Alastair Cook are wearing out

455dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

'I was probably a bit naive' - Ballance

It was been an 'interesting' week for England's No. 3 but the only aspect of it that should really matter is how he is slotting into a key position in the batting order

455dSidharth Monga at Lord's

Bowlers allow Dhoni to breathe again

Usually India's bowlers are ridiculed for letting Dhoni down but on a day that Dhoni let them down, they kept their spirits up, didn't let England run away with it, and came up with their best bowling day in a long time

Day 1

455dThe Report by David Hopps

Rahane's hundred turns tables on England

India, to their credit, looked a long way removed from the submissive outfit that lost 4-0 on their last tour to England as they had their first taste of demanding English batting conditions

455dSudhindra Prasad

Vintage ties and selfies at Lord's

Great weather, good pitch, strong start from the home side, superb fightback from the visitors. Lord's. The perfect day

455dGeorge Dobell at Lord's

England squander golden opportunity

They wasted the new ball, they dropped chances and they reverted to the type of tactics that made little use of the sort of pitch of which England seamers should dream

455dSidharth Monga at Lord's

Rahane quietly bedding in as India's No. 6

Tough enough to score crucial runs, prepared for innings that don't have proper structure, content with not cashing in on flat ones, Ajinkya Rahane could be just the man for India


455dSidharth Monga

Why Dhoni stood back to Jadeja's spin

Why did MS Dhoni stand back to Ravindra Jadeja's spin on the final day at Lord's? He said later that he was trying to double up as a keeper and a fine leg slip

455dSidharth Monga

Ishant's fourth-innings heroics in rare company

In India's win at Lord's, Ishant Sharma took the best bowling figures by an Indian in the fourth innings of a Test outside Asia. Here are five other best bowling efforts by Indians in the fourth innings of Tests outside Asia

455dRob Steen

What good is a nightwatchman?

In modern times, there have been a few valuable innings by tailenders bumped up the order, but the psychological advantage it gives the opposition can't be discounted

455dESPNcricinfo staff

Rahane the stand-out player - Swann

Ajinkya Rahane's counter-attacking century on the first day of the Lord's Test was the stand-out performance of the Test, according to Graeme Swann, the former England offspinner

468dSidharth Monga

Lambs abroad

A young Test side showed some steel and engineered a famous win but missed several opportunities to establish dominance

455dNagraj Gollapudi

India come full circle

India's wretched run away from home began at Lord's in 2011. A young team full of self-belief may have brought it to an end with their victory at the same venue three years later

A first for India


This is the first time two Indian bowlers have taken six-fors in the same Test. Bhuvneshwar, and now Ishant

Quack, quack, quack


Number of ducks for Ben Stokes in his last three innings, including a pair in this Test

Last-action hero


Runs scored by Ben Stokes in the fourth innings of Tests, from three innings, including a century in Perth

Strange bowlers


The last time both India's regular openers bowled in an away Test, also against England, at Leeds

Dhawan, demon-bowler


Number of first-class wickets Shikhar Dhawan has after bowling 41.4 overs in 90 games

Last day at Lord's


Most runs England have scored on the fifth day to win a Test at Lord's, v NZ in 2004



Cook's strike rate during his innings of 22. His slowest for an innings of 20+

Ishant v Cook


No. of times Ishant Sharma has dismissed Alastair Cook in Tests. No bowler has dismissed him more

The 300 barrier


No. of away Tests India have lost after setting the opposition 300+ (v Aus, Perth, 1977)