On This Day in 1971: India registers first Test win in England at The Oval

On This Day in 1971: Indian cricket team led by the legendary Ajit Wadekar scripted history by recording their first-ever Test win in England
On This Day in 1971: Indian cricket team led by the legendary Ajit Wadekar scripted history by recording their first-ever Test win in England

On This Day in 1971: India registers first Test win in England at The Oval: The Indian cricket team led by the legendary Ajit Wadekar scripted history by recording their first ever Test win in English soil.

During the 1971 tour of England, India conceded a first innings lead in the third Test at The Oval, but made a fantastic recovery and crawled back into the Test to end England’s winning streak of 26 successive Tests.

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Electing to bat first, England rode on brilliant knocks from Alan Knott, John Jameson and Richard Hutton to post a massive 355. In reply, Dilip Sardesai and Farokh Engineer scored valiant half-centuries with skipper Wadekar making a 133-ball 48 as India folded out for 284.

It was then Bhagwath Chandrasekhar who took a record 6/38 as England was bowled out for 101. Chasing 173 runs to win, legendary India opener Sunil Gavaskar was dismissed for a duck but Wadekar led from the front with an unbeaten 45 as Sardesai with a match-winning 40 helped India record their first-ever Test win on English soil.

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