England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 4th day

Ishant shines, Stuart sizzles

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

July 24, 2011

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Kevin Pietersen walks off after falling to Ishant Sharma, England v India, 1st Test, Lord's, 4th day, July 24, 2011
Ishant Sharma picked up three quick wickets in the midst of an electrifying spell © AFP
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Spell of the day
Would England bat comfortably through the morning session to set up their lead? That wasn't in India's plans and they hauled themselves back into the Test through Ishant Sharma's spine-tingling spell of three wickets for one run in 16 balls. He began with possibly the ball of the match to remove Kevin Pietersen who gloved a bouncer to the wicketkeeper. Then, five balls later, Ishant found the edge of Ian Bell's bat with a lovely leg cutter and soon claimed his third when he speared one through Jonathan Trott's flat-footed drive. If he could have added a fourth then the match was there for India, but by the time he claimed Eoin Morgan the sting had gone from the visitors.

Catch of the day
Morgan's dismissal, however, did spark the one moment of minor controversy in the day. He spliced a pull to midwicket where Gautam Gambhir dived forward to take a fine, low catch. Morgan, though, stood his ground and neither of the on-field umpires were willing to give the decision. So it was left to the TV official but, unlike Pietersen on the second morning, this time even the foreshortening didn't create any doubt and Morgan was soon walking off.

Insect of the day
Stuart Broad managed to avoid a king pair as he jabbed down on a full-length delivery but came within a fraction of a second of having real problems with his second ball. Just as Ishant entered his final delivery stride an insect, perhaps a wasp, buzzed into Broad's face and he rapidly pulled out of the shot leaving Ishant to abort at the last moment. Broad immediately apologised and Ishant took it well with a smile. However, a second later and Ishant could have splattered the stumps.

Reshuffle of the day
Sunday began with news of an illness to Sachin Tendulkar but the world didn't stop turning. He will still be able to bat, but not until 12.41pm on Monday afternoon or until five wickets have fallen. For a while, India's bigger concern was over Gambhir who took a fearful smack at short leg when Matt Prior crunched a sweep into his elbow. Gambhir knew immediately he had a problem and was soon helped off the field and towards hospital for an x-ray which, fortunately, revealed only bruising. In his absence Rahul Dravid opened the innings and VVS Laxman came in at No. 3.

Record of the day
Prior and Broad took the game away from India with a superb seventh-wicket stand, firstly through consolidation until tea then outright aggression. In the process they set a new record for England's seventh wicket against India, beating the 125 added by Derek Randall and Phil Edmonds at Lord's in 1982, and also, more curiously, became England's second-most prolific seventh-wicket combination.

Wicketless over of the day
Ishant bowled a few that were very good, but Broad's six balls to Dravid in his second over were of the highest class. The second ball jagged past the outside edge then the next one cut him half between bat and pad. Just to make life tougher for Dravid he then had to face a ball that kept low around off stump - a player in lesser form would have been in trouble. The over was building in a similar vain as Andrew Flintoff's to Ricky Ponting at Edgbaston in 2005. Back then, a no-ball allowed Flintoff the crucial seventh delivery to remove Ponting but here Broad had to be content with a maiden.

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Posted by mkissb on (July 25, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

now this is the time BCCI must think about IPL. Indian team suffering bundle of injuries and as all know all the players are injured now were playing their best in IPL.

Posted by sixnout on (July 25, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

A nightmare of a match if you are a Indian Fan. Zak out on the first morning of a test match, Gauti with a bruised elbow, Sachin down with Fever, Dhoni looking like he left his brains behind,Bhajji bowling like a parttime spinner...Sorta if anything can go wrong it will.... Still egging India On....Sleepless in Seattle

Posted by 5wombats on (July 25, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

@HatsforBats; goodonyer - I'd buy you a Schooner anytime!

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (July 25, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

@sabby khurana, yup mate we knew that it wud take some time for ishanth to adjust the lengths and for pk he is he fittest person playing for india and surely is a tough guy, had doni taken broads catch of baji and pk we cud have gone for a win, but given the fitness issues a draw gonna be a hard fought one.good to see Indians improved and adjusted to conditions so early in the series..............

Posted by HatsforBats on (July 25, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

@ 5wombats: I'd love to get a pint, unfortunately by the time I scrape together the funds for the airfare to London + tix I think the match might just be over. Oh for the return of timeless tests, although I'm hoping for a quick finish to the match, the late nights in Aus with this match and the Tour de France are starting to wear me down.

Posted by xylo on (July 25, 2011, 3:08 GMT)

That the second inning stalwarts of India, namely Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni, are still available to bat is good news for India. Sachin is mostly a distraction than anything else in second innings.

Posted by Meety on (July 25, 2011, 0:43 GMT)

@ StraightHit - correct, although I suspect he still has a 5-wicket haul in him, just a matter of whether its too late. The selectors should show some balls & play Harbhajan @ #7 - he's basically a batting allrounder at the moment anyways!

Posted by NRI- on (July 24, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

Sachin ill, Gambhir injured and Zaheer hasn't played after half of day one - not a fair match up - test cricket should allow a total replacement by a 12th man when the opposing team's doctor can certify a major injury, like football etc. It will be good news for allrounders - they will always be the 12th men since the team would not know who would be injured and who wouldn't be - alternately a batting cover and a bowling cover should be named and the 11 players listed marked against those two so an injured batsman cannot be replaced by a bowler in the 4th innings if your team has already batted and so on.

Posted by bKrish282 on (July 24, 2011, 22:57 GMT)

Gambhir is brave to stand so close at forward short-leg for Bhaji's bowling.

MSD should know better than to have close-in fielders for Bhaji.

Posted by landl47 on (July 24, 2011, 21:33 GMT)

Good to hear that Gambhir isn't too badly hurt. Fortunately the blow was on his left elbow, which in his case is the rear elbow and unlikely to be hit when he is batting unless he plays an ill-advised hook. Ishant had a great burst, but then Prior, with first Morgan then Broad, took the game back for England. I'm sure India will fight hard tomorrow, but if England are patient and keep up the pressure they should be able to work their way through the Indian batting. I'm looking forward to a good day's cricket tomorrow. @5wombats- wish I could meet you for a pint, but it's a long way to Lord's from Illinois!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2011, 20:39 GMT)

Despite rooting for India got to admit that Stuart Broad has turned in a great all-round performance here. After the first day duck his stock has only been up, even more commendable given his form and on-field behavior has been decidedly under the scanner leading up to the test. Regardless of the result his batting, and his over to Dravid gave a good account of his talent.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 24, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

India finally woke up today. Nice to see. It's going to be a great day tomorrow....! @All - If any fellow cricinfo "Pundit" wants to meet for a drink at Lords on Monday I'll be at the statue of Dennis Compton behind the Compton Stand throughout the Lunch break. I'll be carrying at least one wombat - I assure you - you cannot miss me.

Posted by van_hauz on (July 24, 2011, 20:23 GMT)

The 5th day is extremely interestingly poised with 2 (realistically speaking) results possible. In all likelihood, a crushing first session by the English pace trio will put paid to any glimmer of hope of the second -- a draw. If we are to see a draw, it will take some top drawer batting from Dravid and Laxman (bearing in mind that Gambhir and Tends might not quite be upto scratch) to see out the day. Either way, it's going to set up a wonderful series. I for one, cannot wait...

Posted by binojpeter on (July 24, 2011, 20:11 GMT)

What's the use in doing it in second innings? It did not bring any difference to the Indian situation anyway. If he had to do, he had to do in the first innings and restrict them below 350. We lost this match anyway.

Posted by shrastogi on (July 24, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

Ishant bowled beautifully and realises how poorly he bowled in the first innings because of which England could score 474. That England could make so many runs from 107-6 was mainly becuase India was a three bowler attack. Zaheer's fitness has let down Indian team on many occassions. If they bat well India can save the test match as the pitch is fairly good and is not like any sub continent 5th day track. India has depth in batting and they have saved games in past.

Posted by CricketChat on (July 24, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

This test match should erase any doubts about Harbhajan's declining effectiveness in conditions anything other than a minefield assisting spin. The fact that Dhoni even gave up gloves for the ball is an indication of his level of frustration with him. Why don't the selectors try other spin options?. Mishra did better than Harbhajan in the matches they played together in WI. With a few of the Ind members unwell, it is curtains for Ind once Dravid, Laxman partnership is broken on the last day unless weather intervenes.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

i jsut read something again sachin is fit and gambhir is fit! nowo nly zack left i think we can replace him but its hard to ocntrol sree he can be world beater or match sinker hope he bowls well india have good chance now unlike sri lanka our 2 bowlers thratned to take 20 wickets and zaheer before going out got 2 wickets with almost getting trott thisis indeed a number 1 side! right now no west indies but much better then any team out there while touring we can play in all conditions and if only we played first innings of first mathc better sigh lol

Posted by HSAF on (July 24, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

So far , Well played by Legend Dravid and Very Special Laxman to keep INDIA up on against draw or WIN. We are going on 3.90 RR and we need to keep up RR to win this match. We just need 4.2 RR to win the match. So its at the hands of Three key players - Legends Dravid and Sachin plus Very Special Laxman. If these both can play at these RR till tea or atleast at 3.5 RR till lunch + at 4 RR till tea, then the match will be complete on INDIA's hand whether to draw it or to play for the win. Go India go, if not draw India draw.

Posted by Rezaul on (July 24, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

Indian bowlers were behind the over rate again in this match. So, Dhoni and India may be fined! I was wondering whether Dhoni is going to be banned for 2nd test.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

u can check my comment after 2nd days play i said i t owuld take him some time before getting used to these conditions nad he did and what happened? 107-6 without zaheer,bhajji out of form 3 man attack if we draw this one and gambhir is fit for next england in trouble even without zaheer if india had an extra seamer today england could ve been out for 150 ishant did'nt bowl after lunch for some time if im correct praveen is wonder full cricketer 10 odd overs on row even spinner would ger tired but that guy jsut keeps on bowling and in swinging ocnditions is he less effective then anderson i will let others answer this i jsut want indian team with sachin,gambhir and zaheer in next match and now even english know they are in trouble batting will click it clicked againt steyn no disrespect but no bowler on earth is near steyn all the best to both teams for tomorrow! good match !

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 24, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

Nice batting display by Prior but broad is the one who should be appreciated first. Ishant bowled well but was of no use since he had not removed lower order. All of a sudden everything goes wrong for Dhoni with sequence of injuries and bad fielding again. It's time for ENG fans' joy because has series of injuries. If you consider all these injuries looks like ENG is bound to win this match but again India is definitely good at fighting back. If Bhajji is not going to bat if needed then its time for next spinner. Let's hope for good cricket.

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (July 24, 2011, 19:44 GMT)

From a selfish point of view an ideal days cricket- it means it will be worth showing up at Lord's tomorrow and i should get to see a cracking, tense day's play

Posted by Venki_indian on (July 24, 2011, 19:31 GMT)

India managed with only 2 bowlers in this test match(Ishanth & PK). Harbhajan just looked super ordinary. everything going wrong for india, but still our heroes can fight and save the match. COME ON INDIA..COME ON.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (July 24, 2011, 19:30 GMT)

More than Prior its Broad's innings that took the game away from us.Now i dont want to see sachin score a hundered in lords as that would mean we need to loose some wickets. I just hope dravid and laxman will bring back the memories of good old days. Just play for the whole day.

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