England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 1st day July 21, 2011

Two reprieves for Trott, and a Cook surprise

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the first Test between England and India at Lord's
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Surprising failure of the day

Alastair Cook has been so prolific over the last nine months that it almost needed a second take to realise he was the first batsman dismissed in this series. It was tough up front for the openers and he'd worked hard to reach 12 when he fell across a delivery from Zaheer Khan and was given lbw by Asad Rauf. There is no DRS for lbws in this series but replays showed that it was taking leg stump in any case. It was Cook's lowest Test score since Lord's against Pakistan last August, the first time he had failed to reach 50 since Perth in December and the first time he had fallen before Andrew Strauss since Melbourne - and even then he had 82 to Strauss's 69.

Drop of the day

Rahul Dravid is the most prolific slip fielder in the game but that doesn't mean he's infallible. Shortly before lunch MS Dhoni showed his imagination by introducing Harbhajan Singh when many captains, Strauss included, would happily have let the seamers continue until the break. With his first ball Harbhajan found Jonathan Trott's outside edge and it travelled low to Dravid's right; he dived, got his fingers to the ball but couldn't hold on.

Miss of the day

India didn't even get a hand on the second catch Trott offered them. Zaheer was in the middle of another outstanding spell and was coming around the wicket to Trott. He found the outside edge but Dhoni, having started to move to his right, then pulled out of the chance and left it to Dravid. By then, though, it was too late for first slip to adjust and Dravid was taken by surprise as the ball shot past him. They were the first runs Zaheer had conceded in 34 balls and it's never wise to give a man averaging over 60 two lives.

Bunny of the day

Dhoni's decision to bowl first meant there was no hanging around before Strauss and Zaheer went head-to-head. The contest didn't really get going at Taunton, but here Zaheer was far more like the bowler we had expected to see. Having probed around off stump during the first session, and failed to extract Strauss in his first seven-over spell, he changed tack after the break. It worked perfectly as the shortest ball he bowled induced Strauss into hooking from well wide of off stump and he top-edged to long leg where Ishant Sharma lurked. It was the sixth time Zaheer had scalped Strauss in Tests and made it 1-0 for the series.

Injury-scare of the day

Yet the battle may not resume. It was the sight no-one, except perhaps the most one-eyed England fan, will have wanted to see: Zaheer limping off the field. So much of this series has been built up around Zaheer and his contests with England's top order, not just Strauss. Midway through his 14th over, having had the ball on a string throughout, he gripped his right hamstring and didn't even bother trying to finish the over. The series needs a fit Zaheer.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • samya1980 on July 22, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    well in almost all the columns zaheer khan's name was mentioned...proves how much important role he is going to play.

  • tjsimonsen on July 22, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    IF India can make early inroads this morning, they'll be in a good position. If not, then it's definitly advantages England. Today's looking great in London so far, so after the first hour or so, the bowlers may well find the going quite hard. Zaheer (if fit) will likely do OK, but if there's no swing I fear that Praveen Kumar will be cannon fudder, and the other Indian bowlers didn't look impressive - even in the conditions yesterday. As for those claiming that England were going too slowly and only fighting to survive. Well, that's what yesterday was all about for the batsmen yesterday. This ain't T20 folks and if you would go about you batting in T20 fashion in yesterdays conditions, you'd be all out for less that 100. Please, no comments about how England COULD have been 127/4 (or even worse) India didn't take their chances - something you would expect the no 1 team to do. @BackyardCricket: Aldermann is 55 years old! Do you think he would trouble anyone ;-)

  • ASK3 on July 22, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    @subbass, A bowler does not need to be fit to be highly skilled. Zak is among the best in the world after Steyn and possibly Anderson. Besides, the English cricket team don't have any other bowler excepting Anderson that can swing the new ball both ways. The test match is yet to have its thrills. So decide on facts not bias.

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 22, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    I've just arrived at work, a mile or two from Lords and it is a beautiful day. hopefully England can now reap the rewards for their hard graft yesterday.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on July 22, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    India made the mistake of playing Praveen Kumar ahead of Sreesanth. He was so slow in pace(around 128kmph) that a couple of times Strauss was able to poke at one and still withdraw his bat before it caught the edge. Sreesanth would certainly have provided more with pace(relatively much quicker than Kumar), swing and even the surprise bouncer. The catching was very disappointing. Indians have always been safe catchers but the two chances that went down could have had a huge impact on this test.

    India has to hang in there and hope to dry up the runs. With KP, Morgan and Bell being strokeplayers, playing on their patience by blocking scoring would be the only way.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 22, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    @subbaass , no matter zak is the best bowler of india , but that doesnt mean we are down and out , India can win without zak also (remember the Perth test) sreesanth will come in for zak , if he is unfit. ITS NOT ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL PLAYER , ITS ABOUT THE TEAM , that is why we are no. 1. India can win without viru and zak , but now you tell me can england win without its south africa and ireland imports (Pietersen , trott , Morgan). LOL

  • on July 22, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Almost surprising. 13 overs and Zaheer is out. Maan. Zaheer played all the four IPLs fully. Really frustrating to see the only bowler to take wickets yesterday is out with an injury. Though Praveen did bowl well to not get wickets and it definitely does happen sometimes in test cricket!! I see team India waiting for England's declaration in the first innings. Dropping Trott is something which you should never do.

  • MacFry on July 22, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    I think Dhoni would gladly give back both wickets in exchange for a fit Zaheer. It's a tall order to save the match now. Hope Lords turn into a belter on day 3,4 and 5 like it used to in the 90s.

  • subbass on July 21, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    I would add though that as an england fan even though it is only one day of the series I feel a bit more confident in winning already, I MEAN IF Zaheer kahn really is out for this test and maybe the next(Hamstrings are not something you can rush) with no Sehwag for the 1st 2 tests also, it's almost looking certain that England will win. But much as that would be nice I would prefer to beat India with Zaheer Khan fit and Sehwag fit as soon as possible, this series needs all the best players from both teams, locked in a epic battle for supremacy !

    One thing I would say about Zak is this. He was clearly overweight and not fit. This is not very professional at all, especially for a pace bowler, any Indian fans got a view on that ?

  • me54321 on July 21, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    We can already see probably the main difference between England and India here. It's the bench strength. If Jimmy Anderson wasn't match fit, the England management wouldn't consider playing him, but India need Zaheer Khan too much, and felt they had to risk it. I hope he can come back for the second innings/test, but it doesn't look like he'd last too long even if he did.

  • samya1980 on July 22, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    well in almost all the columns zaheer khan's name was mentioned...proves how much important role he is going to play.

  • tjsimonsen on July 22, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    IF India can make early inroads this morning, they'll be in a good position. If not, then it's definitly advantages England. Today's looking great in London so far, so after the first hour or so, the bowlers may well find the going quite hard. Zaheer (if fit) will likely do OK, but if there's no swing I fear that Praveen Kumar will be cannon fudder, and the other Indian bowlers didn't look impressive - even in the conditions yesterday. As for those claiming that England were going too slowly and only fighting to survive. Well, that's what yesterday was all about for the batsmen yesterday. This ain't T20 folks and if you would go about you batting in T20 fashion in yesterdays conditions, you'd be all out for less that 100. Please, no comments about how England COULD have been 127/4 (or even worse) India didn't take their chances - something you would expect the no 1 team to do. @BackyardCricket: Aldermann is 55 years old! Do you think he would trouble anyone ;-)

  • ASK3 on July 22, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    @subbass, A bowler does not need to be fit to be highly skilled. Zak is among the best in the world after Steyn and possibly Anderson. Besides, the English cricket team don't have any other bowler excepting Anderson that can swing the new ball both ways. The test match is yet to have its thrills. So decide on facts not bias.

  • Truemans_Ghost on July 22, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    I've just arrived at work, a mile or two from Lords and it is a beautiful day. hopefully England can now reap the rewards for their hard graft yesterday.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on July 22, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    India made the mistake of playing Praveen Kumar ahead of Sreesanth. He was so slow in pace(around 128kmph) that a couple of times Strauss was able to poke at one and still withdraw his bat before it caught the edge. Sreesanth would certainly have provided more with pace(relatively much quicker than Kumar), swing and even the surprise bouncer. The catching was very disappointing. Indians have always been safe catchers but the two chances that went down could have had a huge impact on this test.

    India has to hang in there and hope to dry up the runs. With KP, Morgan and Bell being strokeplayers, playing on their patience by blocking scoring would be the only way.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 22, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    @subbaass , no matter zak is the best bowler of india , but that doesnt mean we are down and out , India can win without zak also (remember the Perth test) sreesanth will come in for zak , if he is unfit. ITS NOT ABOUT AN INDIVIDUAL PLAYER , ITS ABOUT THE TEAM , that is why we are no. 1. India can win without viru and zak , but now you tell me can england win without its south africa and ireland imports (Pietersen , trott , Morgan). LOL

  • on July 22, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    Almost surprising. 13 overs and Zaheer is out. Maan. Zaheer played all the four IPLs fully. Really frustrating to see the only bowler to take wickets yesterday is out with an injury. Though Praveen did bowl well to not get wickets and it definitely does happen sometimes in test cricket!! I see team India waiting for England's declaration in the first innings. Dropping Trott is something which you should never do.

  • MacFry on July 22, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    I think Dhoni would gladly give back both wickets in exchange for a fit Zaheer. It's a tall order to save the match now. Hope Lords turn into a belter on day 3,4 and 5 like it used to in the 90s.

  • subbass on July 21, 2011, 23:05 GMT

    I would add though that as an england fan even though it is only one day of the series I feel a bit more confident in winning already, I MEAN IF Zaheer kahn really is out for this test and maybe the next(Hamstrings are not something you can rush) with no Sehwag for the 1st 2 tests also, it's almost looking certain that England will win. But much as that would be nice I would prefer to beat India with Zaheer Khan fit and Sehwag fit as soon as possible, this series needs all the best players from both teams, locked in a epic battle for supremacy !

    One thing I would say about Zak is this. He was clearly overweight and not fit. This is not very professional at all, especially for a pace bowler, any Indian fans got a view on that ?

  • me54321 on July 21, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    We can already see probably the main difference between England and India here. It's the bench strength. If Jimmy Anderson wasn't match fit, the England management wouldn't consider playing him, but India need Zaheer Khan too much, and felt they had to risk it. I hope he can come back for the second innings/test, but it doesn't look like he'd last too long even if he did.

  • landl47 on July 21, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    @candyfloss: if when you say England was very, very lucky you mean because Zaheer was injured, then really it should be that India was unlucky. If you mean England was lucky because India's fielding was dismal, that's not England's luck, it's India's lack of skill and fitness and it's why sides lose games. @BackyardCricket: Sorry to break it to you, mate, but Terry Alderman retired 20 years ago after having played most of his career on a losing test side. @World Champs-TEAM-INDIA: you might think the day was even, but if you asked the players I think they'd be pretty unanimous that England are happier than India with 127-2. However, there's a very long way to go yet.

  • Deepkar on July 21, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Pk was not bad, he was too good to get edge. zak is just improving with every day. ishant he was just trying too hard. bhajji bad luck and dont blame dravid 1st catch was hard 1 he reacted in time but it just didnt stuck and about 2nd catch not mistake by both msd or rd if it was in india it was msd catch and he have reflex of indian keeper so he moved to take catch only to realise that he is in england where ball swings after crossing batsman so he just stoped but untile then it was so let for rd to react just it was bad luck of zak or good luck of troat.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 21, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    I definitely don't agree if this is good total for winning. This score is less for home conditions and didn't meet expectations. Besides to that ENG players survived because of bad fielding but again its Indians' mistake for bad fielding so no crying but as far as India bowling is concerned its pretty good effort (atleast) in first test. Even if Zaheer is not fit tomorrow other bowlers shud be able to do it. I think it's matter of confidence for other bowlers which Dhoni can do his best.

  • BackyardCricket on July 21, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    Juicy and overcast condition what else you need? If Terry Alerman bowling in this same pitch he could have 5 for and Poms will be 120 for 8.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on July 21, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Ha ha ha!; @sashi94 - were you watching the game? I've seen some funny stuff on cricinfo, but some of this takes the biscuit. Hello! @Sshawn; we are playing TEST MATCH CRICKET! So, yes @England worlds greatest is right. When was the last time India won a series against Australia in Australia eh? Oh! is the answer "never"? Turning to the positive side - England did well today. Nothing too flashy just stay in, which was required. A real good bowling side would have done much more damage in conditions like that. Maybe India just aren't a good bowling side? If Zaheer Khan is out of action it reduces the threat even more. Great pity since Khan is a good bowler, Test cricket needs skilful players like him.

  • yankeecricfan on July 21, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Well, another rainy day in London. England looked very nervous during the first session and Zaheer and Praveen were moving the ball well. I feel that Ishant should have been given more overs to bowl. England should be at 127/4 -- maybe Dravid should take off his sunglasses when he fields next time. I wouldn't say England is ahead though as England_The_Worlds_Greatest apparently claims. They are not the best side in the world and there was hardly any play today. I would say both teams played equally well. Hopefully Zaheer will be fine tomorrow as he was really moving the ball well.

  • on July 21, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    This is a bowl first pitch. Dhoni's call to bowl first was the correct decision. India would have been in a better position he there were no dropped catches,still they can do well he the weather permits This is a bowl first pitch. Dhoni's call to bowl first was the correct decision. India would have been in a better position if there were no dropped catches,still they can do well he the weather permits

  • pratit on July 21, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    i really hope dravid makes up for those catch misses with the bat.he has been missing a bit too often recently.india cannot afford to miss any more chances.anyway,with zaheer injured i cannot see how we are going to bowl england out.even today,under perfect bowling conditions the rest of the bowlers failed to take any.after steyn,zaheer is by far the best bowler in the world and he will be missed.

  • Raki99 on July 21, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    No support for Zaheer other wise the "poms" would be in for a lot of trouble. I am still not convinced with Praveen Kumar and his military medaim hopefully he proves me wrong tommorow, and hope zaheer's injury is not serious. Also Ishant needs to lift his game. Looking into the weather this first test might be just washed out.

  • Qdzy on July 21, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    India's seam attack is too reliant on Zaheer Khan. Ishant Sharma's timid approach and Praveen's inexperience are going to be India's downfall. Even if Zaheer recovers, he won't bowl too many and most probably in short spells.

  • ashes61 on July 21, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    I'd say it was still about 50/50 (or Eng 55/45) after 1st day. If Zaheer's injury is serious, then it's a blow for India and also for fans of both sides who want to see the best cricket. I thought he had a problem when he missed the whole of the Somerset 2nd innings, so wasn't surprised at all when he pulled up today. If India ARE still the best in the world, any replacement will be able to come in without weakening the side, just as England could at present. If the weather improves, as forecast, most of the lost time should be recouped but we'll also have better batting conditions, which could help India get a draw. The Indian ground fielding was poor, not helped by the wet outfield - Dravid's dropped effort was unlucky though. And someone teach Dhoni how to keep! Looking forward to Swann finding those footmarks on Monday! Impressed by early overs of swing bowling. Great sympathy for the spectators, who paid a fortune on travel, tickets & refreshments for under 50 overs.

  • allblue on July 21, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    England's day. I'd imagine Fletcher is worried by what he saw, because India probably won't get better bowling conditions for the rest of the tour. Also if Zaheer can't last two spells he's not going to last four Tests in five weeks, and without him India's attack will struggle. Had England won the toss and bowled on a warm, humid, muggy damp day at Lords, today's 50 overs probably would have been decisive in terms of this match. A couple of comments below about England being 'lucky' because of the drops, but in all the talk beforehand about two evenly matched sides there wasn't much mention of fielding. England are red-hot in the field, they work very hard at it, whereas India were very ordinary today. Dropped catches are not bad luck, they're bad fielding and can make all the difference in tight contests. Also, how did Kumar get to play Test cricket with an action that follows through down the middle of the wicket? Extraordinary, although I don't suppose Swann minded too much.

  • on July 21, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    I have a feeling Zaheer injury could be blessing in disguiuse as Ishant will need to step up his game . Some other Indian bowler will surely raise his hand up and give a better performance. Also Sreesanth and Munaf will get chance to excel in next test if Zak's injury is that bad that he wont play next test.

  • subbass on July 21, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Nice to see our Adopted Englishmen doing the business that always winds the opposition up nicely. As far as the Indian bowlng goes it was only Zaheer and Bahji who impressed me, kumar is a pop gun bowler and won't take many wickets, too slow, you need some pace with the swing, if he could just get to Zaheers speed he would be more of a handful. Sharma did not impress me one bit, so he should go for plenty of runs in the series, looks unfit to me.

    I hope Zaheer can still bowl, because if or when we beat them all the injun fans will be saying that was the only reason. :D Lets hope the weather does not take too much time out, and England can take a 1-0 lead, if we get 450 we at least won't lose the game, and so long as we get through the 1st hour tomorrow I fancy us to get the 450.

  • on July 21, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    @England_The_Worlds_Greatest Its a home ground and home conditions for England and they did just fine and if you see Kevin Pietersen's play and miss. I dont think you would comment on the form. Let us wait till the end of the series and would be wonderful to comment

  • bumsonseats on July 21, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    if england had bowled 50 overs today in those conditions, i think anderson would have had 5 wickets. although india bowled well at times i think they bowled to wide. looking at the weather over the next 4 days it seems it will be overcast with the grass on the wicket i expect the wicket to play the same 300 looks a good score .dpk

  • chetan129 on July 21, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Two missed opportunities of an in-form Trott, I dont know how much it would cost India. Obviously zaheer injury is a big blow. Hope someone puts their hand up and delivers or else doll drums for India

  • sashi94 on July 21, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    LOL.. so much for the soon to be best team in the world.. take a good look at the stats buddy.. scored at a rate of 2.57 runs/over. Only 13 fours (3 edged for four) in close to 50 overs. 40 overs lost to rain.. they survived is more like it!

  • 5wombats on July 21, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    Just got back from a rather soggy Lords; a very good half day! I was desolate when india won the toss - conditions were PERFECT for bowling. It didn't take Khan long to show why he's rated almost as highly as Anderson. Kumar also bowled well. After the first 3 (maiden) overs I was sure india would start taking wickets. But they didn't. The ball was swinging all over, and Strauss looked uncertain. But it was Cook who went first - he had looked untroubled. Slow old fashioned Test cricket followed; DIFFICULT for batting. My eldest wombat was furious to see Strauss out hooking to Khan's surprise bouncer - still, would have to say the bowler deserved it. Then KP came in and I've never seen him so circumspect. I think he took an hour to score his first 6 runs! More slow old-style attritional cricket followed - but England were good. Sharma & Singh didn't offer much. Then disaster for Khan who limped off. Bad for him and bad for this series. 127/2 india would have expected much more.

  • candyfloss on July 21, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Well it was disappointing. We could well have had them down 127/4 by today.Trott dropped by Dhoni/Dravid and there was no short leg in place when kevin pietersen was new to the crease.There was a huge inside edge and the ball just lobbed up asking to be caught.It seems like a huge mistake to have gone in with Praveen kumar.Hope Zaheer is fit enough to bowl.End of first day and the England team is very very lucky.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 21, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    I have a doubt...how is this total considered as a decent enough for winning?

  • on July 21, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    I disagree with England_The_Worlds_Greatest .... Today's approach of Eng showed how timed they are and worried when it comes to top notch test playing nation ... Few Lucks made their score looks little bit healthy else bleak situation they were in ..

    127/2......India could have easily got few more ... courtesy let-offs ... But Still I think India never allowed ENG to get away with the game and 2-3 wickets tomorrow early morning.... this score will start looking worse !! and Now news is ZAK will be back tomorrow ... So hoping we will be back tomorrow with firing all cylinders !! As ZAK left their captain wondering and with doubt which will linger in times to come !!!!

  • Sshawn on July 21, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Isn't this the same side dreaming or sort of hyping itself to be the worlds best side in One dayers ?? I dont really recall what happened at the World Cup .. Bangladesh and Ireland are surely one of the top rung sides in world of Second string national sides.. I guess they were the best in Form side coming into World Cup.. just like here as mentioned by the English Greatest..

  • gung-ho on July 21, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Points to ponder for India: Whenever possible, as any side worth its salt would, pick 5 bowlers; going with 4 specialist bowlers is just not done. Munaf Patel is probably the most underrated bowler in India -- he should be always be allowed to play ahead of Praveen Kumar or Sreesanth.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 21, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Two SA imports saved them a bit today , trott & kp. Others r just average except morgan , and he is from ireland.

  • Scrop on July 21, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    @ England_The_Worlds_Greatest: The game far yet to be over rather yet to start fully to come to that conclusion. Lets wait n watch.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 21, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    @England_The_Worlds_Greatest , lol. greatest , your batters where simply lucky. Pietersen was virtually dancing on the bowling of ishant. and in my view the day was 50-50.

  • shrastogi on July 21, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    It was a good day for England only 2 down in 50 overs with ball swinging and nipping around. As ESPN commentary team was saying Indian bowlers were guilty of not bowling fuller length. One would have liked to see them make batsmen play more ie pushing the ball or try to drive. If with new ball batsmen are happy to leave the ball alone then what's the point of putting them in. The two chances Dravid missed wer very difficult ones but one wishes they had been taken. The more hurt came from the fact that a straight chance went to third slip from Trott and there was no fielder there. Hopefully Zaheer injury is not serious and India would do much better tomorrow.

  • ds_cricket_test on July 21, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Englishmen are def in good form, but they wont win a test game against Indian batting lineup. and it is going to be very hard for them once Sehwag comes back in 3rd test hopefully. Lets see how Lord's turn out - hopefully Zaheer will be back in action. SRT - 100 is for a due !

  • Gaurav_D on July 21, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Irrespective of who wins the match/series, one thing for sure, English cant get enough of themselves. Modesty is certainly not an virtue for them. Even before India could land on English Shores, all ex-cricketers, media and public were singing praises of themselves, their team and players as if they are number 1. Hello, India is #1, South Africa is #2 and you are #3 currently. So until you get to #1 get a hold of yourself and show some modesty already.

  • landl47 on July 21, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Very bad news for Zaheer and India. His injury is a 'hamstring strain', so who knows if he will be fit to bowl again? The other bowlers looked very ordinary; Praveen couldn't find a good line, Harbajhan didn't get any turn or bounce and Ishant bowled as though his full name is Ishant Getanyoneout. On a day made for swing and seam bowling (as Zaheer demonstrated before he went off) for India to have only got 2 wickets for 127 after winning the toss and bowling would be bad enough, but if they've lost Zaheer it's a disaster. India's fielding was also awful; Trott was dropped twice (Dhoni showed why he isn't one of the world's premier wicketkeepers when he didn't go for what was clearly his catch) and the ground fielding and athleticism was very substandard. As for England, none of the batsmen looked comfortable in such bowler-friendly conditions, but they survived and they'll be much the happier team tonight.

  • on July 21, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Indian specality over years has been they rarely allow English players in form to score but then they help get ones out of form back in superb form

  • Rocket_180 on July 21, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Great day for England in bowling friendly conditions still managed to get to a decent total, i guess this just shows everyone in the world of cricket how strong as a team England really are, currently the best form side in the world and soon to be best ranked side in the world

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  • Rocket_180 on July 21, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Great day for England in bowling friendly conditions still managed to get to a decent total, i guess this just shows everyone in the world of cricket how strong as a team England really are, currently the best form side in the world and soon to be best ranked side in the world

  • on July 21, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Indian specality over years has been they rarely allow English players in form to score but then they help get ones out of form back in superb form

  • landl47 on July 21, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Very bad news for Zaheer and India. His injury is a 'hamstring strain', so who knows if he will be fit to bowl again? The other bowlers looked very ordinary; Praveen couldn't find a good line, Harbajhan didn't get any turn or bounce and Ishant bowled as though his full name is Ishant Getanyoneout. On a day made for swing and seam bowling (as Zaheer demonstrated before he went off) for India to have only got 2 wickets for 127 after winning the toss and bowling would be bad enough, but if they've lost Zaheer it's a disaster. India's fielding was also awful; Trott was dropped twice (Dhoni showed why he isn't one of the world's premier wicketkeepers when he didn't go for what was clearly his catch) and the ground fielding and athleticism was very substandard. As for England, none of the batsmen looked comfortable in such bowler-friendly conditions, but they survived and they'll be much the happier team tonight.

  • Gaurav_D on July 21, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Irrespective of who wins the match/series, one thing for sure, English cant get enough of themselves. Modesty is certainly not an virtue for them. Even before India could land on English Shores, all ex-cricketers, media and public were singing praises of themselves, their team and players as if they are number 1. Hello, India is #1, South Africa is #2 and you are #3 currently. So until you get to #1 get a hold of yourself and show some modesty already.

  • ds_cricket_test on July 21, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Englishmen are def in good form, but they wont win a test game against Indian batting lineup. and it is going to be very hard for them once Sehwag comes back in 3rd test hopefully. Lets see how Lord's turn out - hopefully Zaheer will be back in action. SRT - 100 is for a due !

  • shrastogi on July 21, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    It was a good day for England only 2 down in 50 overs with ball swinging and nipping around. As ESPN commentary team was saying Indian bowlers were guilty of not bowling fuller length. One would have liked to see them make batsmen play more ie pushing the ball or try to drive. If with new ball batsmen are happy to leave the ball alone then what's the point of putting them in. The two chances Dravid missed wer very difficult ones but one wishes they had been taken. The more hurt came from the fact that a straight chance went to third slip from Trott and there was no fielder there. Hopefully Zaheer injury is not serious and India would do much better tomorrow.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 21, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    @England_The_Worlds_Greatest , lol. greatest , your batters where simply lucky. Pietersen was virtually dancing on the bowling of ishant. and in my view the day was 50-50.

  • Scrop on July 21, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    @ England_The_Worlds_Greatest: The game far yet to be over rather yet to start fully to come to that conclusion. Lets wait n watch.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on July 21, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Two SA imports saved them a bit today , trott & kp. Others r just average except morgan , and he is from ireland.

  • gung-ho on July 21, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Points to ponder for India: Whenever possible, as any side worth its salt would, pick 5 bowlers; going with 4 specialist bowlers is just not done. Munaf Patel is probably the most underrated bowler in India -- he should be always be allowed to play ahead of Praveen Kumar or Sreesanth.