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

Queues, wafts and howlers

Plays of the Day from fifth day of the first Test between England and India at Lord's
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Queue of the day
Fans were outside the ground from 2am and tickets were sold out well before play started. Many were left disappointed as the 'house full' signs went up and announcements were made over Twitter telling people to turn around before getting to St John's Wood. It was the largest final-day crowd at Lord's in modern times. "As we drove here the lads were commenting on the number of people outside," Kevin Pietersen said after the match. "For us as players it's magnificent that the public thinks it's such a big series." The photos and TV pictures of the queues snaking around Lord's brought back memories of Old Trafford during the 2005 Ashes when it was a final-day sell-out. The cricket was just as intense, too.

Waft of the day
England wanted an early wicket but when two chances went begging - an edge through the vacant third slip area and a tough catch to Ian Bell at short leg - it appeared that it was going to be a frustrating morning. Then, out of nowhere, Rahul Dravid played his worst shot of the match as he fished away from his body at James Anderson and was furious with himself as he swished his bat a second time in anger. As with Sachin Tendulkar on the third day, though, Dravid's departure owed much to the pressure built up by Chris Tremlett from the Pavilion End and this time it was Anderson who took advantage.

(Lack of) DRS moment of the day I
The umpiring in this match has, for the most part, been outstanding with Asad Rauf having a perfect game. The tight on-field decisions had all been called correctly until, that is, Stuart Broad had a huge lbw shout against Tendulkar. He implored Billy Bowden to raise his finger but it didn't budge. The one full-time replay on the big screen didn't give a clear picture, but the full set on TV did with the ball hitting middle stump a few inches from the top. It would have been reversed if DRS had been in use and Broad soon got a signal from the dressing room.

(Lack of) DRS moment of the day II
It's possible to argue, though, that Tendulkar's decision wasn't the complete howler DRS was made for - it was towards the top of the stumps. The same can't be said of the appeal against Suresh Raina on 63 when he played back to a ball from Broad - who, the delivery before, had seen a catch put down at point - that didn't bounce much and was struck below the knee roll. Broad almost made his mistake of not turning around and when he did Bowden's finger was still down. Broad ended up on his haunches around a good length and Bowden's brief explanation didn't placate him much, either.

Thankful fielder of the day
Andrew Strauss didn't have a good game at first slip and he's owes his bowlers for not making it even more costly. In the first innings it was a dolly from VVS Laxman and second time around he did what no fielder wants to do - drop Tendulkar. Anderson was in the middle of an outstanding spell and Tendulkar went to leave a delivery but was late pulling the bat away. He almost guided a catch towards Strauss - a tougher chance than the first innings offering, but the England captain spilled it as he dived to his right. However, two balls later it was all forgotten as Anderson swung one back in to Tendulkar's pads and this time Bowden raised his finger. In the midst of the celebrations, Anderson had drawn level as the most successful pace bowler against Tendulkar with his sixth dismissal of him.

Non match-saving innings of the day
Harbhajan Singh was always unlikely to block it for three hours, but his innings won't have gone down well in India. An on-the-up drive off Tremlett showed his mindset, however he did prove he had restraint with a few well-judged leaves outside off. An implosion, though, was always around the corner especially with England chirping in his ear. Having been spilled by Eoin Morgan he went for an ugly pull against Anderson and spliced a simple catch to mid-on

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 5wombats on July 27, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Oh! Hey! @sachin_vvsfan; I've just noticed your post. Yes, yes - Lords was absolutely fantastic! FULL HOUSE - lots and lots of SOOO passionate fans, mainly Indian actually! Met fellow cricinfo guy and India fan @Shan156 at lunchtime and the wombats didn't bite him! Yes - I have 5 wombats - but only 3 came to the match on Monday. I'm gripped by this series - I'm sure you are too!

  • Snesible on July 26, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Hello Mukesh Subedi, sehwag would not have done nothing, may be he would have hit couple of fours, but understand he is just a good batsman playing in an era where the quaity of bowling is pathetic, go and check his average outside the indian sub-continent

  • bobmartin on July 26, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    The main excuse being offered for India's defeat is No Sehwag and injured Zaheer.. Two things to bear in mind, firstly it was Sehwag's choice to go and play IPL and risk injury. Don't tell me he actually needs the money and even if he does, he's put himself before his country. As for the injury to Zaheer, that's your selectors fault. He obviously wasn't fit even in the warm-up game against Somerset so why select him. If you arrive on tour, defending your number 1 status, you make adequate provision for such setbacks (witness England on the last Ashes tour when Broad broke down and it had virtually no effect on team performances) Yes, perhaps Sehwag and Zaheer were factors in your defeat, although it's pure speculation if either or both would have made that much difference to the result, but they are no excuse for the lack of suitable reserves to back up them up. If you are so reliant on so few resources, it's no wonder you struggled in WI, and you might do so here in England.

  • spiscean2002 on July 26, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    England were simply better team in first test and they outplayed India in every department, except catching where both teams were equal. Well played England...its as simple as that...lets move ahead....

  • __ram on July 26, 2011, 11:59 GMT

    England can keep KP, Stu, Jimmy, Swanny & Prior. I think they won't mind loaning Tremlett for the next 2 matches.

  • Green_and_Gold on July 26, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    A good match and start to the series. I am looking forward to how India are going to respond to the loss.

  • dummy4fb on July 26, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    India is always letting opposition off-the-hook after getting them 5 down. Need to look at playing 4 seamers in these conditions. Sreesanth and Munaf are not bad options. They are as capable as Ishant and PK. Left-arm/leg spinner would be more useful than off-spinner. Play Yuvi/Mishra in place of Mukund and open with Dravid. Drop Harbajan to get the extra seamer.

  • ram5160 on July 26, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Can someone tell us the FPS of the ball tracking camera used? That would be useful while making comments about it.

  • mrgupta on July 26, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Given their current form playing against England was always going to be tough for India specially in England. Things only got worse though as Zak, Gambhir picked up injuries and Sachin caught the Viral infection. Three of our top players unwell against a top of the world English side meant only one thing, trouble for Indian team. But given we were still able to take the game into the final session of final day despite these injuries tells us that all is not lost. Credit to English team for a great performance and their killer instinct was there to be seen. Due to these injuries to Indian players the match was almost one sided, hope our players remain fit for the upcoming matches and we get to see some fighting spirit from Indian team.

  • sri1ram on July 26, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    No doubt, India were comprehensively beaten by a superior side. But we are failing to look at the positives here. 1. Over-reliance on Zaheer as our enforcer is bad, am sure Indians have realized it fully now. 2. We lost the first match in really demanding conditions for our bowlers (Yes, England played better in more demanding terms, but their familiarity with the conditions offsets that) Ishant and PK learned to use their strengths as the match progressed. Even Bhajji became visibly better, though Munaf would have been a better option. 3. We have not played a good test team in a while and our patchy performance sunk us. KP's double century and the Broad-Trott partnership were avoidable, our bowling strategies need to be tuned a lot finer. I like to believe everyone have learned their lessons 4. Our youngsters need this initiation by fire, for the future. They can keep watching & allowing the trio to bail them out, but such lessons are barely learned outside tough test competition

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