10 June 1986: The day when India’s first Test match win came at the historic ground at Lord’s.
Kapil Dev, who was captaining the Indian team in this match, played the role of finisher. On the last day of the match, Kapil Dev scored an unbeaten 23 from 10 balls with the help of 4 fours and a six and made history by helping Team India win by 5 wickets.
Talking about the match, England scored 294 runs in the first inning with the help of Graham Gooch (114). The second high run-scorer for Engl and in the first inning was Derek Pringle who scored 63 runs playing 244 balls.
For India, Right-arm fast bowler Chetan Sharma took 5 wickets. Roger Binny took three wickets and Kapil Dev-Maninder Singh took 1-1 wicket.
India scored 341 runs in their first innings with an unbeaten 126 from Dilip Vengsarkar in 213 balls. India’s start was not good as India lost their first wicket of Srikkanth when Indian team’s score was just 31. Srikanth was dismissed for 20 runs by Graham Dilley.
Opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar scored 34 runs and Mohinder Amarnath batting at no. 3 scored 69 runs. He was also the second-highest run-scorer for India after Vengsarkar. With this, India scored 341 runs and took a 47-run lead over the hosts.
In the second innings, the England team came to the ground with the intention of scoring a big score, but the team India bowlers did not let them run. This time for India, Kapil Dev took four wickets and Maninder Singh broke England’s back with three wickets and kept the hosts on 180 runs. With this, India got the target of 133 runs to win.
The Indian team was on the verge of writing the history of Indian cricket. Chasing 133 runs in the 4th inning of a test match and that too at Lord’s against England’s bowling line up was not that easy. But this Indian team led by captain Kapil Dev chased down this target to register India’s first test match win at Lord’s.
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