England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 2nd day

KP does the double, Dhoni does it all

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

July 22, 2011

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Kevin Pietersen successfully reviewed a caught behind decision off MS Dhoni, England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 2nd day, July 22, 2011
MS Dhoni though he'd had Kevin Pietersen caught behind, but a review gave the batsman a reprieve © Getty Images
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Not-out of the day
There has been a huge amount of debate about whether the various pieces of technology are good enough for the DRS, but it has long been clear TV replays are no good for judging whether a catch has carried. The latest example came when Kevin Pietersen flicked Praveen Kumar towards Rahul Dravid (who has been followed by the ball in this Test) at leg slip. Dravid didn't appear to claim the catch initially, but the two umpires went to the third official and from there the decision was always set to be not-out even though Dravid could well have got his fingers under the ball.

Graft of the day
Pietersen had to work extremely hard, but was duly rewarded. Overnight he was on 22 off 73 balls and he'd barely middled a shot, but the signs were much better today as he played two early on-drives. Still, his fifty took 134 deliveries which made it the slowest of his career. As the saying goes, though, good things come to those who wait and Pietersen's diligence paid off with a hundred from 216 deliveries which again was his slowest landmark. It was his first ton on home soil since South Africa, at The Oval, in 2008, in his first game as captain, and just the second in his last 37 Test innings. He wasn't finished. His fourth fifty, to bring up his third Test double hundred, took just 25 balls.

Bowling change of the day
India needed someone to help fill in Zaheer Khan's missing overs so who do they turn to but none other than the captain, MS Dhoni. As the players came out after lunch Dravid was wearing the wicketkeeping equipment and Dhoni marked out his run at the Pavilion End. Right on cue he had an lbw appeal first ball, but the real excitement came in his second over when Pietersen needed to use the DRS to save himself from being given out caught behind.

Non-review of the day
Despite being shorn of their main bowler India kept themselves in the contest with two quick wickets during the afternoon session. The second of those was Eoin Morgan who was given caught behind third ball and left the crease without hesitation. However, when replays didn't appear to show an edge there was confusion as to why Morgan hadn't reviewed it. Did he think he was lbw? Had he forgotten the DRS was allowed for edges? In the end a more prosaic explanation emerged. He thought he'd hit it.

Duck of the day
Stuart Broad is under pressure having been given a vote of confidence for this match ahead of Tim Bresnan. His main job is to take wickets, but the first chance he had to take part in the contest didn't go very well. Facing up to Praveen he played right across an inswinger and was quickly given lbw. Broad often likes to use the DRS but, of course, couldn't here. He'll hope that by the end of the third day he still hasn't got a zero by his name. For Praveen, though, it was a moment to savour as he secured a place on the honours board.

Exercise of the day
A murmur went through the crowd as Zaheer made his way around the boundary with a couple of backroom staff. He went to the indoor school by the Nursery Ground where he was spotted testing his injured hamstring with a stint on an exercise bike. Whether he takes any further part in this match with the ball remains to be seen, but he should be the first to give Praveen a pat on the back after his day's work carrying the India attack.

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Posted by mensan on (July 23, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

BCCI must arrange a 5 test series against Zimbabwe to give Tendulkar chance for 100th 100.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

first of all congrates to kp n pk..both played pretty well on 2nd day.. speaciily for pk for his 5 wickest haul n here we go again measure concern n worries for team india in there bowling attack widout zaheer... we have seen it many times in test recently tht wiout zaheer indian bowling attack always seem to b in out of colour n same was happening here....thanx to pk they got something from bowling.. otherwise its england batters allover them..bhajji n ishant really dissapoints... bhajj,i he is really doing below averages in tests these days.n i think. really. ...its time to discuss selectors.. seriously over his selection as spinner in tests as thr r many standing in line waiting for thr turn to come...

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

well i must say a pretty good stage has been set by the england for indian batting lineup n NW INDIAN BATTING have a great chance to show there batting skills in this test match specially for SRTendulkar,its a great chance for srt to score his 100th IN 100.....right now england seems to b in a very much comfortable position n they can see only win/draw from here, (exception r everwhr,)..n for india all depends on thr batting which is only possible way for them to save this test match..specially when zaheer is unfit n bhajji ,ishant out of form...so lets hope..we'll see some good cricketing action in coming days wid a good game spirit from both teams....dont knw much about d weather forecast...all the best for both teams...RS

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

Its high time to axe harbbhajan from the team.Let him to learn his basics from the first-class matches ..either in India or from English county cricket. Try some one who can really spin the ball and keep a decent line which makes the batsmen forced to play,unlike harbhajan who bowls either on a leg stump line or way outside off. its good in turning tracks,but in pitches like this he should bowl a more close to stump line jus like raina bowled.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (July 23, 2011, 6:47 GMT)

In last 20 test matches (2 years), our most experienced bowler has taken only 74 wickets at an average of almost 40. I don't know why India is persisting with him in tests. He may still be an okay bowler in ODIs and T20s considering his Economy Rate but in tests he is just not worth. Amit Mishra or R Ashwin are a better bet since Mishra is a big turner of the ball and Ashwin has better variations and bounce.

Posted by Clive_Dunn on (July 23, 2011, 6:10 GMT)

Lords is a bit of a spinners graveyard these days, so I think it's a bit premature to call for Harbijan to be dropped. I think the relatively early declaration shows that England feel this is a great batting pitch and 20 wickets will require lots of time to get. We'll soon see if Indias venerable middle order has defied the passage of time, or have been flattered by flat pitche & average bowling.

Posted by Semoli on (July 23, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

Fitness is key. Very disappointed with Zaheer.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2011, 5:57 GMT)

Kumar coolbuddy does not have any cool by trying to protect Dhoni in his omission of Sri. Personal liking has no place to selections which only has performance. If Bhajji can go without wickets why should he be held as the prime spinner - It smacks logics and rationale thinking

Posted by rajeshmadurai on (July 23, 2011, 5:22 GMT)

bhajji total flop...no longer eligible to be in the indian team... its time to test ashwin....giving 150+runs at runrate nearly 5 and without a single wicket... r u india's frontline spinner...???????????????????

Posted by PK1989 on (July 23, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

This is not what expected of harbhajan singh,more often than not he dissapoints on foriegn tours....even raina manages to pick a wicket...india will now have to bat atleast 4 sessions to even draw this match

Posted by ashish514 on (July 23, 2011, 4:57 GMT)

I dunno why no one is surprised by England's early declaration. Looking at India's formidable batting, I won't declare anywhere before 550 on the board and more so on a good batting track. Maybe bcoz already 2 days are gone and Strauss thinks even if India give them a lead, it will only end up as a draw.

Posted by jo_cricfan on (July 23, 2011, 4:27 GMT)

Well played PK and KP... Hope to see full day's play like yesterday...

Posted by m0se on (July 23, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

Why isn't anyone mentioning the insane declaration? Declare to bowl 6 overs? Seriously? Declare when England have less than 500 and it looked like KP could hit every ball for 6? Since England didn't take a wicket or even get close to taking a wicket, I would have thought that would have at least raised a few eyebrows. Strauss was there Adelaide 2006 or is that forced amnesia among all English cricket supporters?

Posted by monis11 on (July 23, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

Good match, Even better contest it would have been if Zaheer & better catching was there. DRS done good thing with KP, it was true. Commentators confirmed Morgans edge with the English dressing room, but no evidence on the TV. Some frames with snikometer was doubtful. Camera frames could not evidently tell that Dravid hasnot taken the catch. These things happened in front of the camera, but still clouds of doubt is there. It would be even worse if we go for full DRS & ball tracking. Nothing is constant at the 22yards, every ball is different. After all its a game, it would be played with pride and attitude. Congrats to PK & KP, and to Dhoni.

Posted by nlambda on (July 23, 2011, 1:09 GMT)

I am Indian and think England will win this. They are in a pretty good shape and anything less than 350 by Indians will give England a winning advantage. Can India draw facing a chase of 350 in 105 overs on days 4 and 5? More rain would be nice at this point!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 23, 2011, 1:02 GMT)

@bigdhonifan, Sreeshanth doen't fit in Indian team for his temparament. He didn't prove anything yet but he feels like a great bowler. Character is very important besides to skills. We never had such players in our team. I guess Dhoni trying his best to include him but Sreeshanth is spoiling his chances on his own.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 23, 2011, 0:58 GMT)

@FreddyForPrimeMinister, Ishant is definitely good bowler. I know he couldn't bowl today. He is lacking confidence. Somehow I hope he will come back to form with confidence.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 23:26 GMT)

It is very disappointing that Bhajji is unable to take wickets. This is not the first time he lets India down. True he has won many games for India. But at time of need he disappoints. When Zaheer is out he should be the main strike bowler. Even the killer instinct that he used to show in his face is missing. It is about time that Ashwin is given an opportunity. He is hungry and wants to come of age at test level. Bhajji is expected to pick wickets and not expected to score 100's for India. Watch Swann, he is going to pick wickets.Bhajji's ambition of 600 wickets is a far cry.

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (July 22, 2011, 23:04 GMT)

Well done KP, you've worked really hard! Lords -- India's nightmare (except Ganguly's some brilliance before) -- where India was bowled out for 42 in 1974 just 42 years after getting their TEST Status! So what's next in this test match? Let's see.

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (July 22, 2011, 22:55 GMT)

Can't wait to hear the comments of all the one-eyed Indian fans on here who have been telling us what amazing bowlers Harbhajan and Ishant are. Ishant is a still a talented young man learning his trade, but made to look like a boy by KP, whilst Bhaji is the most over-rated of all the major spinners of recent years (though I admire his batting!) He made his name early in his career by virtue of the doosra which few international batsmen had seen previously, but in the past few years has been made to look what he is - a decent one day bowler but not one to trouble top batsmen at Test level. You boys missed Zaheer badly, as he is true quality, although top marks go to Kumar, who I thought was magnificent today. KP however was on another level and hopefully this will shut his doubters up once and for all.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 22:30 GMT)

Let India bat and then draw your conclusions. England played very well but in a 3 man attack only 1 stood up. India are slow starters, if they get through this match with a draw, the series will properly start at Trent Bridge where we will hopefully see a better India

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

The stage is set for SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR and the other 2 of the FAB 3 ..C'mon Sachin..God Bless all d three..Sachin's 100th ton is very much awaited now, i can sense the murmur he would create in the ground when he steps out of the pavilion to bat!!

Posted by deep123 on (July 22, 2011, 21:57 GMT)

Morgan out reveals the flaws in the DRS. Batsman thought he nicked it but the hotspot didn't show anything. That's why Indians doesn't want the DRS. It's not yet fully developed. Where is the English media to question about this? Now English media doesn't speak anything about this. Just ridiculous...

Posted by suprabadh on (July 22, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

It is a good score by England and India has the task to first avoid the follow-on. At least two of its premier batsmen should score century or stand themselves for century stand. It is an uphill task with England's pace bowlers especially Anderson and Tremlett and Swann spinning the ball sharper than Harbhajan. Let Peterson's double ton is going to sound well for to make India stay in contention of the match. It is rightly said let KP and PK hold the day.

Posted by jabberwockynz on (July 22, 2011, 21:25 GMT)

Great knock by Pietersen. Kumar did well to take 5 by putting in on the right spot. Need to remember that this was a bowlers dream wicket with the ball hooping a mile. Indians did not bowl well and utilise it. Pietersen and others battled very hard.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (July 22, 2011, 21:04 GMT)

replace ishant with Sree... atleast Sree will get 2 wickets per match!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 22, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

I would suggest Praveen Kumar Hero of the day as but also good batting by Peterson. I suggested PK because he handled the situation without any proper test experience and in the absence of Zaheer. Forget about yesterday's missed chances atleast good bowling support from either Bhajji or Ishant wud have helped alot today. Today's main disappointment is Bhajji's bowling.

Posted by allblue on (July 22, 2011, 21:01 GMT)

A really good day's Test cricket - tough, attritional then explosive towards the end. Lords is a very true batting surface, and if the sky is clear and the ball doesn't swing it's very hard to get good batsmen out - and India have plenty of them so England will have to bowl exceptionally well to win from here. Great stuff from Kumar today - note that all 8 wickets fell to swing, rather like the Pakistan Test at Lords last year when Asif and Amir ran through England's top order. India missed their chance yesterday, and at 270 for 5 the door was open again but England are a tough nut these days and someone always puts their hand up. Great knock from KP. Not his most elegant or beautiful, instead scratchy with a bit of luck, but that's how it is when you're out of nick - you get your head down and graft your way through. Harbhajan was very poor today. Like many who follow county cricket I can't understand why Murali Karthik doesn't ever get a game.

Posted by pom_don on (July 22, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

Som Dutta it's a little early to be talking of a draw they only faced six overs from two bowlers lets see what the morning brings hope its a bit overcast like the good bowling conditions India had (& didn't do a lot with) on day one....I think if we have the same conditions it could prove a bit better for our guys......come on England!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

PK has bowled more overs than Bhaji and what is the necessity to keep Bhaji in the main eleven???? I think Swann will spin and more aggressive than Bhaji......... Congrats to KP & PK

Posted by 5wombats on (July 22, 2011, 20:12 GMT)

Just got back in from a great days cricket! Credit to Kumar who bowled well - like yesterday, but only when the clouds came over. With the sun shining batting conditions were easy. KP had something to prove and boy did he especially after tea. What a great innings! Bell & Prior played very well but Kumar worked Bell over and then had Prior playing a needless slash. Such a pleasure to see KP do what we all know he can do. Sharma was taken to the cleaners and Harbijan made to look completely ordinary; Swann clobbered him for fun. Very average Indian fielding. I did predict Trott & KP to get hundreds - but KP did it all on his own. It was a surprise when Trott got pinned but he still got 70. I also said England to be still batting at the close on 420. Got that a bit wrong, but I'll take it. A little surprised to see England declare; aggressive from Strauss! - but I think this is basically a flat pitch and it will take a while to get the 20 indian wickets.

Posted by frazell on (July 22, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

With regard to the Morgan decision, my view which seem to have been ignored by the media that I have seen and heard is that the technology didn't work, confirming my view hotspot can be just as unreliable as hawkeye, particularly with thin edges.

Posted by US_Indian on (July 22, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

Its all about pieterson, that is fine, but he has been around 80 odd tests so no surprises even that too after umpteen number of hit and miss and 2 dropped catches . But please for Gods sake appreciate the youngster Praveen who in the absence of Zaheer took up the responsibility and proved himself, 5 for's dont come so easily, so please appreciate his efforts and motivate him and give the credit where it is due. Whether it is a batsman or bowler please recognise both, but it is usually the batsmen who hog the limelight and i pity with the public and media for their obsession with batsmen only, they should know they need bowlers too. I hope Dravid and Dhoni are ruing their blunders now, just imagine what would have happened if he was out earlier, england could have been atleast 175 less and also those partnerships he forced with others, the picture would have been much grimmer, I hope coach, management, and all players take care of thier fielding and catching seriously.God save india.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 19:33 GMT)

MS Dhoni though he'd had Kevin Pietersen caught behind, but a review gave the batsman a reprieve

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 19:20 GMT)

It wasn't unexpected.Indian bowler are supposed to struggle with out ZAK. Vajji's poor form with the ball mean they were playing with just two bowlers and Ishant's nagging short of length deliveries didn't and will not help in these conditions. Whatever happened it's now up to the indian batters to save the test..

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 22, 2011, 19:16 GMT)

Good batting by Peterson and bad bowling by Bhajj and something wrong with Ishant. Ishant is definitely good bowler. India deserves this punishment for their bad fielding yesterday and bad bowling today. Zaheer's injury is a blow for India apart from good batting display by Peterson. Even ENG bowling didn't look great today and ofcourse they just bowled 6 overs. Finally this is the good test for India to prove their fighting spirit.

Posted by FAIZALMEEDIN on (July 22, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

hero of the day kp or pk ?

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Pietersen is back....anyone who doubted his ability? Really??

Posted by chetan129 on (July 22, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

Awesome stuff from PK (debate over, Sreesanth or PK). New debate, may be Ishant or Sreeshant, Bhajji or Mishra(too early to call both). My suggestion would be pick four fast bowlers if it is a green top and drop harbhajan, but wont think it will happen. Congrats to KP for his double hundred and I hope the Indian batsmen play the next 2 days ( 2 players with tons possible). lets see which Indian batsmen stands up for the challenge from the english bowlers. My guess: gambhir and VVS will score hundreds. lets wait and watch

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 18:38 GMT)

In all probability the match will end in a draw, in the first few overs India batted they looked at ease. So, unless something brash happens India should be able to bat out a draw. It is really bad luck for India that they had to toil with 3 bowlers, that too 2 of them completely off color. Any how India aren't known for great starts in Test Series, so a draw will be a positive result. The way Zaheer (before getting injured) and Praveen were bowling, they could have put a serious bid to win this test. Also, India shouldn't rush Zak, no point bringing him back to break down again; he should be given time to recover. It will be an intriguing day tomorrow, which will tell if the haloed English bowling attack is overrated or not ...

Posted by binojpeter on (July 22, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

As an Indian cricket fan, more than Zaheer's injury, the fact that other bowlers except Praveen could not step up their game to fill in for his absence worries me.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2011, 18:34 GMT)

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