England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 2nd day July 22, 2011

KP does the double, Dhoni does it all

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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.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mensan on July 23, 2011, 18:54 GMT

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

  • dummy4fb 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...

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Semoli on July 23, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Fitness is key. Very disappointed with Zaheer.

  • dummy4fb 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

  • 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...???????????????????

  • 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

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