Result
1st Test, Lord's, Jul 21-25 2011, India tour of England
474/8d & 269/6d
(96.3 ov, target 458)
286 & 261
England won by 196 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Report by Sidharth Monga

England boss, but India avoid follow-on

Fifteen years and 153 Tests later, Rahul Dravid returned to Lord's to make it to the honours board and help India avoid the follow-on

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Sahil Dutta
Scorecard summary
England474/8d(131.4 overs)1st Innings
Kevin Pietersen202 (326)
Matt Prior*71 (93)
Praveen Kumar5/106(40.3)
Zaheer Khan2/18(13.3)
India286(95.5 overs)1st Innings
England269/6d(71 overs)2nd Innings
India261(96.3 overs)2nd Innings
Suresh Raina78 (136)
VVS Laxman56 (113)
Stuart Broad3/57(20.3)

Difficult to see any attack in the world performing better than England's did today. The home side look absolutely fit and prepared for this series whereas India have not. They are notoriously slow starters, though, but they need to a lot better at Trent Bridge.

Michael Atherton leads the presentation ceremony. Starts with medallions for the match officials. Rauf has been outstanding this game and Bowden, but for a couple of late decisions, was also very good.

"Outstanding," smiles Strauss, whose voice is very hoarse. "KP's innings was one of the best I've seen by an England batsmen in a long time. Broad came back well. The wicket was flat, we had to build pressure and stick to it. It's always tough to bowl sides out here on the 5th day, if you're going to do it you have to be very disciplined and I can't praise the bowlers highly enough.

"It was very tough batting conditions on the first morning, as tough as I've encountered here. We back ourselves to bowl teams out, we back ourselves to get 20 wickets. It's hard work on flat wickets but we expect to do that. India are a very very good side, they showed glimpses of that this game and they'll improve as the series continues."

"Considering we missed Zaheer early and that it wasn't spinning much for Harbhajan I was pleased with how the bowlers stuck to it," says Dhoni. "After that it was hard, we missed Sachin who was out with a viral infection and Gambhir got injured so we were in unfamiliar order in the second innings but overall I'm happy with how we played over the five days."

"A few more days [of preparation] would have been really effective because it rained when we got here. But we can't make excuses. Zaheer might bowl at Trent Bridge," he says with a smile, "but we don't know as yet." "I hope not to be bowling, it's a tough job, my whole body hurts from my toe-nail to my head."

Kevin Pietersen is named man of the match "Brilliant for the team," starts Pietersen. "But we know that it is just 1 out of 4. It will be a tough job to dominate this Indian team. It reminded me of 2005 at Old Trafford, it was a special occasion. All bases seem to be covered in this team but we know not to relax."

Right. That's about all from here. I'm drained, that one match has felt like an entire series. What a barmy, brilliant sport Test cricket is. Join us on Friday to do it all again but from me, Sahil Dutta, and from Liam Brickhill, Nitin Sunder, Abhishek Purohit, Dustin Silgardo and George Binoy, that's all for now. Thanks for the emails.

England win by 196 runs Hugely impressive performance from England this game. What a statement to start with on their quest for the No. 1 spot. But for a short spell from Ishant yesterday, England have dominated from start to finish. It's a pithy cliche but this really was a team performance. Man of the match will be a tricky choice. Pietersen? Prior? Broad? Anderson to finish it on the last day? Couldn't begrudge any of them. What about Rahul Dravid, this game might well have been toast a long time ago if it wasn't for his first-innings century. The 2000th Test was vintage, and a model of how the next 2000 should be. The pitch had enough for the best bowlers and compelling cricket followed.

96.3
w
Broad to Sharma, OUT
that is it! Broad is the man that finishes it and fittingly, it's a full straight ball that earns him, and England, the Test. The home side have been incredible today, bowled and fielded with crackling intensity and on a flat deck just kept hammering their way through what's often described as the best batting line-up in the world. Bowden gets the chance to give the final decision, much as he likes it you suspect, as the delivery kept a bit low and struck Ishant bang in front.
I Sharma lbw b Broad 1 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00
96.2
Broad to Sharma, no run
good follow up to the short ball, very full and straight. Sharma puts a bat in front, just about
96.1
Broad to Sharma, no run
Broad shoves down a short ball that spears up towards Ishant's armpit. The batsman calmly steers behind square on the leg side

There is barely a man in front of the wicket. No need for Strauss to hold back.

end of over 965 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 261/9CRR: 2.71 
Zaheer Khan0 (1)
Ishant Sharma1 (1)
James Anderson28-7-65-5
Stuart Broad20-4-57-2
95.6
Anderson to Khan, no run
huge appeal from Anderson, and the crowd, who seem to be England fans again. Inswinger caught Zaheer on the crease but it was probably heading down
95.5
1
Anderson to Sharma, 1 run
...ah. Slight anticlimax as Anderson gets his length and line a touch wrong and allows Ishant to nudge him to fine leg

Ishant Sharma is the last man in. He's on a pair and has two balls from Anderson to see out. And about 29 more overs. Strauss not holding back with the field now. Silly point, short leg, and about 16 slips....

95.4
w
Anderson to Raina, OUT
gone this time! Raina falls and India are all but gone. Great bowling from Anderson and he's on the honours board now. England celebrate wildly. Good defiance from Raina but in the end an away swinger had him forward and it flicked the edge leaving Prior to do the rest
SK Raina c †Prior b Anderson 78 (207m 136b 10x4 0x6) SR: 57.35
95.3
2
Anderson to Raina, 2 runs
this is another really sweetly-struck shot, punched past mid-on with the fullest of faces
95.2
2
Anderson to Raina, 2 runs
again Raina drives sweetly through cover. The runs don't matter but he's kept another out
95.1
Anderson to Raina, no run
Is this the end of Raina? Is this five for Anderson? Rauf doesn't think so but England review anyway. Rauf has had a brilliant game. It nipped back and in between bat and pad, flicking the top of the pad perhaps. No bat though, through to Prior

So Zaheer Khan waddles his way to the crease. He has Mukund running for him after the hamstring strain he picked up. Probably owes India some grit after turning up to the tour at less than full fitness.

end of over 956 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 256/8CRR: 2.69 
Suresh Raina74 (132)
Stuart Broad20-4-57-2
James Anderson27-7-60-4
94.6
w
Broad to Kumar, OUT
Broad strikes! England nearly there now! Praveen rooted to the crease and a full ball nipped back a long way, through the gate and onto the middle of middle
P Kumar b Broad 2 (18m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22
94.5
Broad to Kumar, no run
cracker from Broad. He has transformed himself this game. This hits a length and decks away past the outside edge
94.4
Broad to Kumar, no run
bouncer to Praveen, predictably. Didn't look too clever against the short ball in the first innings
94.3
1
Broad to Raina, 1 run
hmm. That's unexpected. Raina has popped this to leg and given Praveen back the strike. Broad will be delighted, when he gets over his surprise
94.2
4
Broad to Raina, FOUR runs
gorgeous shot. When it's in his half Raina looks a serious player. Leans into a drive that pings off his spring-loaded bat
94.1
1
Broad to Kumar, 1 run
perfect for Praveen. That's exactly what India needed. Praveen clips to midwicket and gets himself off strike

Thanks Nitin. How are the nerves? If this goes the full way we'll be reduced to incomprehensible wittering. I'm almost there; it has been an intense day. 31 overs to go. Still much too early to start the count down. What was Harbhajan doing? Any clues? Broad has Praveen, the slips a gully and short leg in his sights.

end of over 943 runs
INDIA: 250/7CRR: 2.65 
Suresh Raina69 (130)
Praveen Kumar1 (5)
James Anderson27-7-60-4
Stuart Broad19-4-51-1

Time for drinks then, and I shall hand over to Sahil Dutta who will take you through to the end of the match.

NP: "These two play for the same state. But how many times have they ever batted let alone played the same match? My guess - zero." Don't think so, Raina's played a lot more domestic cricket than you would imagine since his ODI debut.

93.6
Anderson to Raina, no run
predictable bouncer to finish the over, they want to keep Raina away from the strike. He ducks under this one easily.
93.5
2
Anderson to Raina, 2 runs
over-pitched outside off, and Raina drives well though he is again late coming forward. Half stop at short extra cover, doesn't prevent them from taking two.
93.4
1
Anderson to Kumar, 1 run
PK opens his account, nudges a length ball on the pads through square leg for one.
Best performances - batsmen
KP Pietersen
202 runs (326)
21 fours
1 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
leg glance
53 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
1212232126234045
MJ Prior
103 runs (120)
5 fours
1 sixes
Control79%
Productive shot
leg glance
46 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
391813233727
Best performances - bowlers
JM Anderson
O
28
M
7
R
65
W
5
Eco
2.32
P Kumar
O
40.3
M
10
R
106
W
5
Eco
2.61
Match details
Lord's, London
TossIndia , elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of England
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Series resultEngland led the 4-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2000
Season2011
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.30
Match days21,22,23,24,25 July 2011 (5-day match)
Umpires
Billy Bowden
Asad Rauf
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Rob Bailey
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle