When Kapil Dev gave India the first victory at Lord's with a six, Vengsarkar hit a hat-trick of centuries

When Kapil Dev gave India the first victory at Lord's with a six, Vengsarkar hit a hat-trick of centuries

Just 34 years before today, it was the day of Tuesday, June 10, 1986, when the then Indian team, led by the then captain Kapil Dev, won a historic victory with his quick batting in front of the target of 136 runs at Lord's ground. Yes, India achieved their first Test victory over Lord's on June 10.

In this match, Dilip Vengsarkar scored an unbeaten 126 in the first innings and completed a hat-trick of centuries at Lord's. He became the first batsman in the world to score three consecutive centuries on this historic ground. Prior to this, he played 103 innings in 1979 and 157 runs in 1982 at this ground.

But on this achievement, Kapil Dev's unbeaten 23-run innings played on ten balls was dominated. India's score was 78 for four at one time, which was reduced to 110 for five after Mohammad Azharuddin was run out. Kapil stepped to the crease at such a time and scored a winning six over left-arm spinner Phil Simmonds in addition to four fours.

Eventually, Kapil was also voted Man of the Match. He also took four wickets in England's second innings.
In this match, Kapil won the toss and invited England to bat first which scored 294 runs in the first innings despite the innings of Graham Gooch (114) and Derek Pringle (63). Chetan Sharma took five wickets and Roger Binny took three wickets from India.

The Indian team took a lead of 47 runs with 341 runs with the help of Vengsarkar's century and the half-century of Monihadar Amarnath (69). England were bowled out for 180 runs in the second innings and thus India got a target of 134 runs on the fifth and final day. India had won by scoring 136 runs for five wickets.

The Kapil Dev-led team then won the second Test in Leeds with a huge margin of 279 runs to win the series for the first time in England. The third and final Test match played in Birmingham was drawn. As far as the Indian record at Lord's is concerned, he has played 18 Test matches at this ground so far, out of which he has won only two matches and has lost 14 matches. India recorded their second win at Lord's in July 2014 when they defeated England by 95 runs under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.