Ishant Sharma revives Lord’s 2014 memories with inspired Edgbaston spell

first_imgIshant Sharma tore apart England’s middle-order with an inspired spell of fast bowling as India took firm control of the first Test of the five-match series against England at Edgbaston.After R Aswhin snared Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings and Joe Root, Ishant got into the act with the wickets of Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Staurt Broad as England were bowled out for 180 in the second innings. India need 194 to win the match.Ishant took four wickets in three overs including three in the same over to bring India on the verge of a historic victory at Edbgaston. India have never won a Test match at this venue in six previous attempts. But things are now looking bright for the world’s number one Test side, spurred on by a sensational 149 from skipper Virat Kohli.R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami had starred in the first innings, sharing seven wickets between them as England were shot out for 287 after electing to bat first. India’s innings was in shambles before Kohli scored his first Test hundred in England, overcoming the horror of the 2014 tour.Ashwin brought India well and truly back into the match late on the second day when he dismissed Cook in similar fashion to the first innings. On the third morning, Ashwin struck early to first remove Jennings and then had Root caught beautifully by KL Rahul at leg slip.It was then time for Ishant to show his magic. The most experienced bowler in the team produced a majestic spell as he left England gasping for breath.advertisementIshant bowled with pace, fire and plenty of aggression. He squared Malan up with a great outswinger before removing the dangerous Bairstow with a nice inswinger. Two balls later, Stokes had no clue how to deal with another outswinger from around the wicket. Next up, right after lunch, Ishant got Buttler to edge one behind the wickets to Dinesh Kartik.The fifth wicket took a while coming for Ishant. He bowled another peach and Broad drove at a ball which was shaping away from him; Dhawan, who had dropped two easy chances before, took it safely at first slip.This was a spectacular performance from Ishant, who had single-handedly demolished a strong England batting line-up four years ago at Lord’s to set up a historic victory for India.In July 2014, England were 71/2 (in their chase of 319) before before Ishant turned up the heat and picked seven of the next eight wickets. India won by 95 runs to take a 1-0 lead after two Tests in the five-match series.However, India lost their next three Tests back then.This time, India have the chance to take an early lead again. And this time, Kohli is a far better batsman while Aswhin has looked lethal in seaming conditions. And once Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah return to the side, things could get even more difficult for England in their own backyard.last_img