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July 20, 2009

England beat Australia at Lord's after 75 years

England defeated Australia on the final day of the second test match at Lord's. The victory comes after 75 years at the ground, which is termed as the Mecca of cricket.

For English cricket team it was a historic moment, as they had not beaten Australia at Lord's since 1934. Australia had been given a tough target of 509 in the final innings to win the match.

On the fifth day the team had five wickets in hand with 209 to score but they lost the match by 116 runs. Andrew Flintoff led from the front and took a five wicket haul, only the third of his career to send Australia packing.

His 5-92 set the stage for the victory of England. He was adjudged the man of the match. In the first innings England had scored 425 runs thanks to a century by Andrew Strauss (161) and Cook's 95.

In reply Australia could manage just 215 with Hussey and Katich scoring 51 and 48 respectively. In the second innings England again batted well and declared at 311-6. However, Australia faltered and lost the match despite scoring 406.

A capacity crowed watched Australia making every effort to save the match. However, despite Michael Clarke's century and strong resistance by Haddin and Johnson, they lost the second Ashes test.
TIH Bureau

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