Cricket world stunned by insane 25-year first in historic scenes

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England star Reece Topley (pictured right) celebrating with teammates and (pictured left) bowling out an Indian batter during the ODI cricket match.
England star Reece Topley (pictured right) produced the best figures for an England ODI cricket bowler and the first five-wicket haul at Lord's in 25 years. (Images: ECB/Getty Images)

Reece Topley has become the first Englishman in 25 years to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI at Lord's after the hosts levelled their series against India in emphatic fashion.

Following their drubbing in the first match against India, England stormed back at Lord's on Thursday to win by 100 runs in the second contest.

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Chasing 247 on a wicket that had eased up after the first innings, India never found their stride and folded for just 146 in 38.5 overs.

And it was Topley who wreaked havoc throughout India's innings.

The Englishman ripped through the Indian order after he landed a double blow early in the chase by getting rid of opposition captain Rohit Sharma (0) and Shikhar Dhawan (9).

David Willey took the important wicket of Virat Kohli (16), who was returning from a groin strain.

Topley finished with figures of 6-24 off 9.5 overs, which is the best figures from an England bowler in ODI history.

This edged out Paul Collingwood's 6-31 in 2005.

Darren Gough was the last Englishman to take five wickets in an ODI at Lord's in 1997.

Reece Topley emotional after England return

Topley returned to the England outfit after surgery three years ago, which had him questioning his future.

But the tall Englishman was thrilled to have made a remarkable comeback after once admitting he was just taking cricket one day at a time.

"Well, it means a lot, it makes it all worthwhile. It was just over that stand where I had surgery, like three years ago," he said post-match.

"So it has come full circle," he said.

England were put in to bat and Jason Roy was the first to depart, chipping a Pandya delivery to fine leg after a scratchy 23, while Bairstow continued his rich vein of form before being cleaned up by Chahal for a breezy 38.

England's attempt to rebuild came unstuck after Chahal trapped Root (11) and Stokes (21) lbw before skipper Jos Buttler missed a straight ball off Mohammed Shami (1-48) to be dismissed for four.

Livingstone took the attack to Pandya but the bowler got his revenge when the Lancastrian holed out in the deep after an entertaining run-a-ball 33.

It took a late rally from Moeen Ali (47) and Willey (41) to push England close to 250.

The teams now head to Manchester for the final game of the series on Sunday, with Indian captain Sharma saying: "It's going to be an exciting one, obviously a lot to look forward to.

"Quick turnaround for us, we need to regroup, understand what we didn't do well as a team and try and see what we can do better.

"We'll get there and see the conditions and adapt.".

with AAP

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