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: 9.5-2-24-6. Best bowling figure by an England bowler in ODI against India - there were times that he might not play but come back strongly and he did it for his country in the must win game. pic.twitter.com/tuUEqrYFst
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 14, 2022
Reece Topley picked 6/24 at Lord's - best ever figures in ODIs there.
He was struggling with his injuries, he's inserted metal screws in his vertebrae to save his career and play and today became England's pride. pic.twitter.com/6zOIE6APjl
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 14, 2022
England thrash India by 100 runs in an one-sided ODI after being 102/5 at one stage. Moeen and Willey's partnership won it for England. Reece Topley outstanding 9.5-2-24-6. Played, England. 🏴👏 #ENGvIND #Cricket
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) July 14, 2022
England beat India by 100 runs and level the series 1-1 with one match left - Topley is the hero with 6 wickets.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 14, 2022
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) July 14, 2022
Reece Topley finishes with 6 wickets for 24 runs - the best EVER figures in England Men's ODI history. #EngvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 14, 2022
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.
🗣 "It means a lot and makes it all worthwhile to be honest, it was just over the stand where I had surgery three years ago so it's come full circle"
Reece Topley says it's 'everyone's dream to play for England' as he looks ahead to the future 🏏pic.twitter.com/qcPv2D5cvk
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 14, 2022
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.".
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