Ishant Sharma spread panic in English ranks with three wickets off just 16 deliveries as Indian bowlers put up an inspired performance during the morning session on the fourth day of the first cricket Test being played at the Lord’s.
Ishant blew away the top-order as England were reduced to 72 for five in the pre-lunch session but a handy first innings lead of 188 meant that the overall lead swelled to 260.
The highest ever successful chase recorded at Lord’s is by West Indies way back in 1984 when they chased down the target of 344 runs thanks mainly to Gordon Greenidge’s epic 214.
India bowled 26 overs in the morning session and conceded only 67 runs while accounting for five England wickets.
The last four England wickets fell within a space of 32 balls for the addition of only eight runs.
Ishant dismissed Kevin Pitersen (1), Ian Bell (0) and Jonathan Trott (22) in two spells of hostile fast bowling for the morning figures of 11-5-14-3.
Indeed, his productive spell had sizzling figures of 5-3-4-3.
Indeed England lost four of their prime batsmen in a matter of 32 balls as Harbhajan Singh had accounted for England skipper Andrew Strauss (32) in the over before Sharma began his mayhem. Hindu