England v India, 1st npower Test, Lord's, 5th day July 25, 2011

Anderson leads dominant England to big win

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England 474 for 8 dec (Pietersen 202*, Trott 71, Praveen 5-106) and 269 for 6 dec (Prior 103*, Broad 74*, Ishant 4-59) beat India 286 (Dravid 103*, Broad 4-37, Tremlett 3-80) and 261 (Raina 78, Laxman 56, Anderson 5-65, Broad 3-57) by 196 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

England's bowlers fought through dogged batting, the absence of DRS for lbws and some sloppy catching to avoid a repeat of Lord's 2007 - when India saved the Test - and completed a comprehensive win 28.3 overs before the scheduled close of a gruelling final-day scrap.

India's four big hopes survived 93, 113, 56 and 68 deliveries, which meant England had to work for wickets and also that they never let those batsmen feel they were in. James Anderson took out Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, although it could be argued that he struck the knockout blows after Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett had softened the batsmen up.

Although there were two dropped catches and two controversial not-out lbw decisions, it all went down in a manner suggesting England had scripted it thus. They wouldn't have budgeted for the strongest resistance to come from Suresh Raina, who proved he belonged with a fighting 78, but by the final session Anderson was in red-hot form. He completed his 11th five-for by breaking through that final piece of Indian fight with a beautiful inswinger from round the stumps. Initially Anderson had fed off the immense pressure created by Tremlett and Broad, and Graeme Swann contributed by accounting for one of the best players of spin today, Gautam Gambhir.

It was just as well that England finished India off and avoided what would have become a major controversy had India hung on with one wicket in hand. The dreaded scenario of disagreement between Hawk-Eye and the umpire occurred twice in potentially crucial circumstances. Broad had comprehensive cases for lbw against Tendulkar and Raina, and would have successfully challenged the original not-out decisions had DRS been available for lbws. Those two decisions cost England a potentially decisive 15.4 overs.

Broad would have wondered what more he needed to do to get a wicket. He had two catches dropped off him in the first innings, and in today's morning session, after Anderson had drawn Dravid into a rare loose shot outside off, he regularly beat Laxman's bat in a five-over spell, often proving to be too good to take the edge.

While Andrew Strauss's catching at slip and his defensive in-and-out fields in the first session could be argued against, his bowling changes worked like a charm. About 20 minutes before lunch he brought on Anderson, who began with a long hop that Laxman pulled straight to short midwicket.

Laxman's dismissal brought together India's walking wounded, Gambhir and Tendulkar. They hung in bravely, Gambhir for 56 balls with a painful elbow and Tendulkar for 68 with a viral infection. Whatever the debate around DRS be, the umpires had a great match, and it was evident in Gambhir's lbw, in the over after Laxman's dismissal. The Swann arm ball had hit the pad a microsecond before it hit the bat. Asad Rauf sent Gambhir on his way.

From the injured man the burden transferred to the ill man, Tendulkar, who began positively but went into a shell after lunch. That Raina looked more comfortable than Tendulkar during their 17.4-over partnership told a story. While Tendulkar was solid in defence, he let the bowlers bowl to a perfect rhythm, and the odd one was bound to be too good.

After surviving that Broad shout, Tendulkar played 40 balls for one run. Once again Anderson came back and struck immediately. He had Tendulkar dropped by Strauss, but produced an inswinger similar to Broad's two balls later, and Tendulkar was plumb. This was the sixth time in the match that an Englishman had taken a wicket in the first over of a new spell.

In the lead-up to tea, with England easing the pressure as they built up to the new ball, Raina and MS Dhoni gave India hope. Raina showed character in how he avoided bouncers and reached a half-century that will only do him good. With the new ball, though, England were back on course. The ball started jagging around again, and a shaken-up Dhoni finally edged an outswinger from Tremlett.

A cold, ruthless demolition of the tail followed. Harbhajan Singh refused to back away, but England worked him over with precise short deliveries. Praveen Kumar didn't stand much of a chance. Raina got a gem from Anderson, coming in from round the stumps, then leaving him, and taking the edge. Broad deservedly ended the match with a plumb lbw; the last four had fallen for 18 runs.

Scenes of elation followed for the home side and the biggest Monday crowd at Lord's. England will feel relief too at having finished off the job, and not only because they righted what happened in 2007. Had India drawn this, they would have had positives to look at; now they have injured bodies and a series deficit.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • anver777 on July 28, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    The way Eng performing right now i predict they will win the series 2/1 (1 Draw).... Ind struggled big time at Lord's...........so they need to change the game plan for the next test to challenge hi riding Eng !!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on July 28, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    India is finally getting a taste of reality as they have been kings of test cricket in their own country. England is very difficult to defeat in their home territory as the swinging pitches are much different than the dead wickets in the subcontinent. Interesting to see how India retaliates.

  • dummy4fb on July 27, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    @Tom-t : It's just the first test match thats over......there's an entire series still to play. I am not saying that india would win the series but ENG WINNING 3-0....I can bet my life on this....THIS WOULDN'T HAPPEN. Stop claiming ur English side the no.1 test team .....coz if India are not good in alien conditions(which is not the case)...I wud like u to recall when was the last time that England managed to win a series in India?? @the guy who replied to rsrinath: INDIA CHEATED TWICE????? Do u expect batsmen to walk on lbw appeals now?? The game has an umpire to make the decisions an players are expected to respect that decision.. I guess Indian players are not like Eoin Morgan(1st Innings) who didn't even knick it and yet walked off the field without challenging the umpire's call although the drs provided for it

  • dummy4fb on July 27, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    That's why we always believe India is an overrated team. Even they won the world cup as a result of home advantage and dew factor( in finals) India doesn't deserve number 1 spot in any format of cricket (Test / ODI/ T20 ). England is a well balanced team & finally we saw what was expected.

  • Deadly_Dude on July 27, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    I am really amused and surprised with all this hue and cry over England win ... India was reduced to a 2-bowler attack on Day 1 itself, how many teams have won Test matches with 2 bowler attack? That they still took the game to final session of Day 5 is testimony to their fighting spirit ... Praveen Kumar bowled his heart out in the 1st innings ... 40.3 overs, 5 wkts, while Ishant Sharma rocked Eng in their 2nd innings reducing them to 62-5 ... all the Bhajji detractors should look at Swann's performance, wicket-a-piece in both the innings do not make you world's best spinner ... India was guilty of being over defensive in the 2nd innings and that is what cost them the match ... They should have played their natural game ...

  • 3rd_man on July 27, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    I think for India to successful, they need sewag top of the order. without him there is not much strength as seen on paper. I think sewag and dravid combination could have been a big threat for England. sewag , dilshan these guys very important for a team cos they score quickly. and they demoralize opposition bowling. Look all recent test of India. with help of Sewag India usually put up big scores in a quick time. then opposition team under lot of pressure, then Indian bowlers can use this pressure to take wickets. I think India need sewag back badly.

  • dummy4fb on July 27, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    Hold on you all people who hate our master, Sachin. We are fortunate to live in his era and watch him play. Thank God for this.

    Sachin scored 20 centuries in winning cause with an avg of 67.6. Lara scored only 8 centuries in winning cause with an avg of 61. Kallis scored 19 centuries with an avg of 65. Ponting might have scored 28 centuries but averages just 59. Our own Dravid hit 14 centuries, averages 65.6.

    The point I want to mention is every player plays for his country to win the matches. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don't.

    This is a team game and single individual can't make up for 10 others. Sachin tried to do this for India in 90s and 2000s. Thats why he is the best.

    At Lord's, England played as a team and won the match. India didn't play as a team and hence lost. But don't blame any individual for the loss.. Everyone was at fault including Dravid, Laxman, Dhoni, every one.

    Don't worry. India will come back strongly and will win the series :)

  • Sakthiivel on July 27, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    @lillie_express: Indians never put pressure on Tendulkar these days. As we came upto the Top spot not only bec of Sachin. Go and tell your grand children the story of Steve, Adam etc.

  • bhavin8211 on July 27, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    i m just hoping that on 29th india ll be with its fully fit 11 players n then we ll see wat happens with this english team....till then stay in ur dream word england

  • loveb on July 27, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    congrats..... but CHAMPS will bounce back.. n get ready for a hardd going EBGLISHMEN

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