Sri Lanka's dramatic draw in 2014 and other recent results by subcontinent teams at Lord's

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Sri Lanka hung on for a thrilling draw at Lord's in 2014.

Hosts England took the honours in the opening Test of the five-match series against India at Edgbaston with a 31-run victory.

After the thrilling win in what was England’s 1,000th Test match, the attention will now shift to Lord’s which is due to host the second match of the series starting August 9

Virat Kohli and his men will take comfort from the fact that they vanquished the hosts at the same venue in their only win from the 2014 tour. They will also be boosted by the fact that subcontinent sides have been faring well at the ‘home of cricket’ in recent years.

Here, we look at the outcomes of the last four Tests played by a subcontinent team at Lord’s.

ENGLAND V SRI LANKA, JUNE 2014

RESULT: DRAWN

In the first Test between the two sides in 2014, Sri Lanka managed to cling on for a thrilling draw at Lord’s. After England had piled up a mammoth 575-9 in the first innings, the visitors rode on tons from Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews to put up 475 in their first innings reply.

Mathews and his men were then set an improbable target of 399 to get and they managed to hang on for a dramatic draw. With Sri Lanka nine wickets down on the final day, England erupted in jubilation after Stuart Broad trapped Nuwan Pradeep on the pads and saw the umpire raise his dreaded finger on the penultimate ball of the match. The Sri Lankan tail-ender signalled for a review and was then given not out after replays found a thick inside edge. He would then edge the final delivery past second slip for four as Sri Lanka escaped by a whisker.

England were left wondering as Sri Lanka escaped with a draw.

England were left wondering as Sri Lanka escaped with a draw.

ENGLAND V INDIA, JULY 2014

RESULT: INDIA WON BY 95 RUNS

A month later from Sri Lanka’s dramatic draw at Lord’s, India came calling at Lord’s and completed only their second victory at the venue in more than 82 years.

A masterful century from Ajinkya Rahane helped India post 295 runs in their first innings to which England replied with 319 runs. A fine 95 from Murali Vijay and valuable lower-order half-centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India set the hosts a target of 329 runs in the final innings.

Then, it was time for the Ishant Sharma show with the pacer bagging his career-best figures of 7-74 to bundle England out for 223 runs in the second innings to script India’s first overseas Test victory in more than three years.

Ishant Sharm's seven-wicket haul led India's march to victory.

Ishant Sharma’s seven-wicket haul led India’s march to victory.

ENGLAND V PAKISTAN, JULY 2016

RESULT: PAKISTAN WON BY 75 RUNS

Pakistan kicked off their 2016 tour of England with a 75-run win in the first Test at Lord’s. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq’s 114 helped the visitors post 339 runs in the first innings before leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s six-wicket haul saw England bowled out for 272 runs in their reply.

Chris Woakes’ 5-32 then saw Misbah’s men bundled out for 215 runs in their second innings with England being set a target of 283 runs in their final innings.

Yasir Shah would then work his magic again with the ball with his four-wicket haul consigning England to a 75-run defeat. The visitors would then go on to tie the five-match series ultimately at 2-2.

Yasir Shah's 10-wicket match haul spun Pakistan to victory.

Yasir Shah’s 10-wicket match haul spun Pakistan to victory.

ENGLAND V PAKISTAN, MAY 2018

RESULT: PAKISTAN WON BY NINE WICKETS

Pakistan made it two consecutive wins at Lord’s when Sarfraz Ahmed’s men came calling in their most recent tour of 2018. Fresh from a win against Ireland in their maiden Test match, the visitors’ bowling attack was on song as they bowled England out for just 184 runs in the first innings. Pacers Mohammad Abbas and Hasan Ali were the stars with the ball with four wickets apiece.

Half-centuries from Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and Shadab Khan saw Pakistan take a giant 179-run lead in the first innings. That proved to be a tall-order for Joe Root’s men who could only manage to set a target of 63 runs for Pakistan to win in the second innings.

That target would prove to be a walk across the park for the visitors who would grab the early lead in the two-match series before succumbing to defeat at Headingley.

The visitors romped to a comfortable win in the end.

The visitors romped to a comfortable win in the end.

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Reeza Hendricks scores century on ODI debut as South Africa seal series against Sri Lanka

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South Africa's Reeza Hendricks stole the show on Sunday

Reeza Hendricks hit a debut century as South Africa sealed a one-day series win over hosts Sri Lanka with a 78-run victory in Kandy.

Hendricks was handed his chance at number three and hit 102 in 89 balls as the Proteas took an unassailable 3-0 lead with two matches to play.

JP Duminy fell eight short of making the day’s second hundred, one of four victims for Thisara Perera, as the Proteas racked up 363 for seven.

Sri Lanka were never in the hunt despite Dhananjaya de Silva’s 84, with Lungi Ndidi claiming four for 57 in a final total of 285 all out.

Faf du Plessis, who injured his shoulder while trying to take a catch in the 10th over and longer played a part in the game, lauded his players.

“We were brilliant today. Once again, the batting was fantastic. We played aggressive,” he said.

Speaking of Hendricks, he added: “Obviously, for a debutant to play that freely was great to see. Every game, there’s one or two guys putting their hands up.”

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Five things to know about Ollie Pope as Surrey youngster gets maiden England Test call-up

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Ollie Pope has been handed a maiden England Test call up.

Twenty-year-old Ollie Pope has a shot at a Lord’s Test debut this week after replacing Dawid Malan in England‘s 13-man squad to face India.

Here, Press Association Sport tracks what is known to date about the rising star from Surrey.

MADE IN CHELSEA

Pope has made his name at The Oval but was born just across the county border in Chelsea. If he gets the nod at Lord’s, he ought therefore still feel on familiar ground at the home of Middlesex – and cricket.

Pope will feel at home at the Lord's cricket ground.

Pope will feel at home at the Lord’s cricket ground.

FAST TRACK

It is less than 18 months since he made his first-class debut, for Surrey against Oxford MCC University in The Parks – as a wicketkeeper at number seven, from where he made a near run-a-ball 38 in his first innings of a drawn fixture. In his first professional match, in August 2016, he helped Surrey reach a Lord’s final in the Royal London Cup – showing no nerves, by making 20 in a 19-run semi-final win over Yorkshire at Headingley.

Popoe (l) has enjoyed meteoric rise in domestic cricket.

Popoe (l) has enjoyed meteoric rise in domestic cricket.

BLANK CANVAS

Such has been the speed of Pope’s progress on the rails, sports databases are still playing catch-up on their biography pages. Before his call-up on Sunday morning, a mere 2,000 Twitter followers – and a few more on Instagram – were keeping up to date with his news. Photographs of him are in short supply too, so there may just be some double-takes from stewards at the Grace Gates when he tries to pass himself off as an England cricketer on arrival for nets at Lord’s.

Pope has shot to fame overnight.

Pope has shot to fame overnight.

ANOTHER GRADUATE OF SURREY’S YOUTH SET-UP

Pope will be joining up again with his Surrey friend, long-time age-group team-mate, and fellow 20-year-old, Sam Curran. There will be echoes too of his first County Championship match, less than a year ago in late August last summer when – for the first time for any club since the Second World War – he was one of four teenagers in the home line-up against Middlesex at The Oval.

Curran, 152 days younger, was one of the others alongside Amar Virdi and Ryan Patel. Ben Foakes took the gloves and also made 73, batting one position above Pope. He has long been in the reckoning for a Test debut too, and was in England’s Ashes squad last winter, but at the age of 25 it seems the ex-Essex wicketkeeper is about to see Pope get there before him.

Pope is set to beat Foakes to an England Test debut.

Pope is set to beat Foakes to an England Test debut.

WELL TRAVELLED

Youth is no barrier to international experience these days, and Pope made sure he took his opportunity when he flew Down Under last winter to play Grade cricket for Campbelltown-Camden in Sydney. While England were losing the Ashes 4-0, he set about scoring plenty of runs – finishing just three short of 1,000 in 23 matches.

Pope has already accumulated plenty of experience.

Pope has already accumulated plenty of experience.

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