result
1st Test, Lord's, Jul 19 - 23 2007, India tour of Ireland, England and Scotland
298 & 282
(96 ov, target 380)201 & 282/9
Match drawn
player of the match
14y
• The Bulletin by Andrew McGlashan

Rain saves India and leaves England frustrated

England were denied victory in the first Test at Lord's when bad light and rain closed in with India nine wickets down

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Scorecard summary
England298/10(91.2 overs)1st INNINGS
Sreesanth3/67(22)
Anil Kumble2/60(23)
India201/10(77.2 overs)1st INNINGS
England282/10(78.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Kevin Pietersen134 (213)
Matt Prior42 (61)
RP Singh5/59(16.3)
Zaheer Khan4/79(28)
India282/9(96 overs)2nd INNINGS

6.20 pm Well that's it. The match has been called off. England have been denied by the rain, India have been let off the hook, it's a draw. Lots of relieved faces in the Indian dressing room. There'll be several frustrated ones in England's for sure.

A pity that weather had the final say in a fascinating Test. Dhoni's innings, 76 off 159 balls, has gone rather unnoticed. He and the rain have played important parts in the end result.

The presentation is taking place indoors because of the bad weather outside. Kevin Pietersen is the Man of the Match for his outstanding hundred that pushed India firmly on to the back foot.

That's in from us at Cricinfo for today. The next Test starts on Friday at Trent Bridge. Will Luke, Jenny Thompson, Martin Williamson and Andrew McGlashan will bring you the ball-by-ball commentary for that game. Do join us then. This is George Binoy taking the liberty to sign off for Jamie Alter too ... Cheers.

6.18 pm The umpires have taken a look at the conditions, they walked out with their umbrellas so it's still raining. We've been informed that they've gone to have a chat with the two captains. You'll have more news as soon as I do ...

6.10 pm Still no change in the weather at Lord's. "It's raining," says Sid V. "Some wild celebrations in the Nursery End of the ground. A Monday crowd getting their money's worth." The Indian contigent no doubt.

5.55 pm Status quo at Lord's. If conditions don't improve, the match will be called off at 6.30 pm. That's in a little over 30 minutes.

"Sorry to be a damp squib guys but I have just downloaded the moving radar weather map from the met and the rain dancers are winning big time. My advice - hit the bar and send in a ten-minute update as such 'hic'," emails Paul.

5.45 pm As promised, the ten-minute update from Siddhartha Vaidyanathan at Lord's. "Still drizzling," he says. "It's getting quite heavy ... a sensational end to a super Test." Well it's not quite at the end yet, but we're slowly getting there.

5.35 pm There's been a clamouring for regular updates, I'll try and give them to you every ten minutes or so (every minute is pushing it!). For the moment nothing has changed. It's still raining and the overhead conditions are gloomy.

"I am doing the rain dance in my room," confesses Cyrus, before adding "Nothing obscene." It's definitely working so far ...

5.25 pm The situtation hasn't changed much. Still drizzling and the light's not the best.

"For how much longer should it rain for the Indians to get out of this one?" asks Rahul. Well, play went on until 7.30 pm on Saturday and 7.00 pm last evening. So there's a fair bit to go yet.

5.12 pm Still drizzling at Lord's. Not very heavy but it's enough to keep the players off the field.

"Cold, damp, filthy and grey. Ishant Sharma is walking across from the pavilion to the Nursery End, though I can't imagine he'd want to be bowling in the nets in this weather. Maybe indoors. The light is no better than when they went off," says Dileep Premachandran.

4.40 pm The drizzle has got steadier and more covers have been brought on. Perhaps a few Indian fans are doing the rain dance at Lord's.

4.25 pm The drizzle has returned and the covers are going back on. The 4.40 pm start is doubtful now. The groundsmen are saying that now that the rain has started it's not going to stop for long intervals.

S Rajesh, our Stats man, tells me that 14 batsmen have been dismissed lbw in this match. The record is 17, during the Trinidad Test between West Indies and Pakistan in 1993.

4.09 pm Steve Bucknor and Simon Taufel have inspected conditions, and they've decided it's good for play. The covers are starting to come off. Play will resume at 4.40 pm.

4.05 pm We're coming close to half an hour since the players went off for bad light. The drizzle has got heavier now. The covers are still on. The light, however, is brighter.

3.40 pm The rain has finally arrived. Well it's actually a drizzle but the groundstaff have covered the square. The rain isn't a serious problem but the light is the concern. It should improve soon though ...

3.33 pm Tea is scheduled in seven minutes, but it can be pushed back a maximum of 30 minutes. Bucknor and Taufel inspect the light again. It's not good enough, according to them, and they offer it to the batsmen. Not surprisingly, it's snapped up in a second and off march Dhoni and Sreesanth. England follow them reluctantly. A couple smiles on the Indian balcony, namely Tendulkar, as the players head inside. So tea is taken five minutes earlier on day five. Umbrellas go up in the stands and the covers are guided on.

England need one wicket.

I'm off to get myself a cuppa, and it will be George after the break. Cheers.

end of over 961 run
INDIA: 282/9CRR: 2.93 
MS Dhoni76 (159)
Sreesanth4 (7)
Michael Vaughan 4-0-18-0
Monty Panesar 26-7-63-2

3.33 pm Tea is scheduled in seven minutes, but it can be pushed back a maximum of 30 minutes. Bucknor and Taufel inspect the light again. It's not good enough, according to them, and they offer it to the batsmen. Not surprisingly, it's snapped up in a second and off march Dhoni and Sreesanth. England follow them reluctantly. A couple smiles on the Indian balcony, namely Tendulkar, as the players head inside. So tea is taken five minutes earlier on day five. Umbrellas go up in the stands and the covers are guided on.

England need one wicket.

I'm off to get myself a cuppa, and it will be George after the break. Cheers.

3.40 pm The rain has finally arrived. Well it's actually a drizzle but the groundstaff have covered the square. The rain isn't a serious problem but the light is the concern. It should improve soon though ...

4.05 pm We're coming close to half an hour since the players went off for bad light. The drizzle has got heavier now. The covers are still on. The light, however, is brighter.

4.09 pm Steve Bucknor and Simon Taufel have inspected conditions, and they've decided it's good for play. The covers are starting to come off. Play will resume at 4.40 pm.

4.25 pm The drizzle has returned and the covers are going back on. The 4.40 pm start is doubtful now. The groundsmen are saying that now that the rain has started it's not going to stop for long intervals.

S Rajesh, our Stats man, tells me that 14 batsmen have been dismissed lbw in this match. The record is 17, during the Trinidad Test between West Indies and Pakistan in 1993.

4.40 pm The drizzle has got steadier and more covers have been brought on. Perhaps a few Indian fans are doing the rain dance at Lord's.

5.12 pm Still drizzling at Lord's. Not very heavy but it's enough to keep the players off the field.

"Cold, damp, filthy and grey. Ishant Sharma is walking across from the pavilion to the Nursery End, though I can't imagine he'd want to be bowling in the nets in this weather. Maybe indoors. The light is no better than when they went off," says Dileep Premachandran.

5.25 pm The situtation hasn't changed much. Still drizzling and the light's not the best.

"For how much longer should it rain for the Indians to get out of this one?" asks Rahul. Well, play went on until 7.30 pm on Saturday and 7.00 pm last evening. So there's a fair bit to go yet.

5.35 pm There's been a clamouring for regular updates, I'll try and give them to you every ten minutes or so (every minute is pushing it!). For the moment nothing has changed. It's still raining and the overhead conditions are gloomy.

"I am doing the rain dance in my room," confesses Cyrus, before adding "Nothing obscene." It's definitely working so far ...

5.45 pm As promised, the ten-minute update from Siddhartha Vaidyanathan at Lord's. "Still drizzling," he says. "It's getting quite heavy ... a sensational end to a super Test." Well it's not quite at the end yet, but we're slowly getting there.

5.55 pm Status quo at Lord's. If conditions don't improve, the match will be called off at 6.30 pm. That's in a little over 30 minutes.

"Sorry to be a damp squib guys but I have just downloaded the moving radar weather map from the met and the rain dancers are winning big time. My advice - hit the bar and send in a ten-minute update as such 'hic'," emails Paul.

6.10 pm Still no change in the weather at Lord's. "It's raining," says Sid V. "Some wild celebrations in the Nursery End of the ground. A Monday crowd getting their money's worth." The Indian contigent no doubt.

6.18 pm The umpires have taken a look at the conditions, they walked out with their umbrellas so it's still raining. We've been informed that they've gone to have a chat with the two captains. You'll have more news as soon as I do ...

6.20 pm Well that's it. The match has been called off. England have been denied by the rain, India have been let off the hook, it's a draw. Lots of relieved faces in the Indian dressing room. There'll be several frustrated ones in England's for sure.

A pity that weather had the final say in a fascinating Test. Dhoni's innings, 76 off 159 balls, has gone rather unnoticed. He and the rain have played important parts in the end result.

The presentation is taking place indoors because of the bad weather outside. Kevin Pietersen is the Man of the Match for his outstanding hundred that pushed India firmly on to the back foot.

That's in from us at Cricinfo for today. The next Test starts on Friday at Trent Bridge. Will Luke, Jenny Thompson, Martin Williamson and Andrew McGlashan will bring you the ball-by-ball commentary for that game. Do join us then. This is George Binoy taking the liberty to sign off for Jamie Alter too ... Cheers.

95.6
1
Vaughan to Dhoni, 1 run

tossed up on middle and leg, Dhoni works it across and just wide of short leg, calls for the needed single and gets it quite comfortably

95.5
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

spins into leg stump again, he makes room and plays it impatiently to midwicket, declining the single

95.4
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

tossed up on middle and leg, defended watchfully

95.3
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

spins down leg stump, Dhoni turns it out to deep midwicket

95.2
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

flatter line, spins into Dhoni, who goes back and pushes to cover

95.1
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

tossed up just outside off stump, Dhoni pushes to cover, Sreesanth looked like he wanted the single...why?

end of over 954 runs
INDIA: 281/9CRR: 2.95 
Sreesanth4 (7)
MS Dhoni75 (153)
Monty Panesar 26-7-63-2
Michael Vaughan 3-0-17-0
94.6
Panesar to Sreesanth, no run

good ball, looped up on middle and leg and Sreesanth defends and survives the over from Monty, much to Dhoni's satisfaction at the other end

94.5
Panesar to Sreesanth, no run

tossed up teasingly on a length, Sreesanth defends well again

94.4
Panesar to Sreesanth, no run

tosses in the quicker one, Sreesanth lunges forward and defends

94.3
4
Panesar to Sreesanth, FOUR runs

slides down leg stump, Sreesanth tucks it away for four

94.2
Panesar to Sreesanth, no run

good shout! Sreesanth gets forward to one on middle and off and gets bat on it, they all appeal but Bucknor says nope

94.1
Panesar to Sreesanth, no run

tossed up on middle and off, Sreesanth defends it back

end of over 944 runs
INDIA: 277/9CRR: 2.94 
MS Dhoni75 (153)
Sreesanth0 (1)
Michael Vaughan 3-0-17-0
Monty Panesar 25-7-59-2
93.6
4
Vaughan to Dhoni, FOUR runs

flat down leg stump, Dhoni paddles it fine and no short fine leg just casually ambles after it, so thats four to Dhoni but Sreesanth will now face the over from Monty!

Last ball single?

93.5
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

tossed up on middle and leg, pushed to short leg

93.4
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

tossed up on off stump, he plays out in front of the pad to midwicket

93.3
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

short on middle and off, he pulls out to Sidebottom at deep midwicket

93.2
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

flat again, off stumpish, he gets forward and flicks out to deep midwicket

93.1
Vaughan to Dhoni, no run

flat delivery on off stump, Dhoni drives back hard to Vaughan

end of over 931 run
INDIA: 273/9CRR: 2.93 
Sreesanth0 (1)
MS Dhoni71 (147)
Monty Panesar 25-7-59-2
Michael Vaughan 2-0-13-0
92.6
Panesar to Sreesanth, no run

tossed up on middle and off, Sreesanth gets well forward and defends

Five men hover around the bat

Sreesanth will face one ball...tension, tension...

92.5
1
Panesar to Dhoni, 1 run

tossed up on leg stump, he flicks it to midwicket and calls for the risky single

Best performances - batters
Kevin Pietersen portrait
KP Pietersen ENG
134 runs (213)
14 fours
1 six
Control74%
Productive shot
leg glance
40 runs
4 fours
0 six
8108834121242
Sir Andrew Strauss portrait
AJ Strauss ENG
96 runs (186)
16 fours
0 six
Control81%
Productive shot
leg glance
45 runs
6 fours
0 six
812821262217
Best performances - bowlers
James Anderson, player portrait
JM Anderson ENG
O
24.2
M
8
R
42
W
5
ECO
1.72
RP Singh portrait
RP Singh INDIA
O
16.3
M
3
R
59
W
5
ECO
3.57
Match details
Lord's, London
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesIndia tour of Ireland, England and Scotland
Season2007
Player Of The Match
Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen
Series result3-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1840
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.30
Match days19,20,21,22,23 July 2007 - day (5-day match)
Test debut
Chris Tremlett
Chris Tremlett
Umpires
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Simon Taufel
West Indies Image
Steve Bucknor
TV Umpire
England Image
Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
England Image
Nigel Cowley
Match Referee
Sri Lanka Image
Ranjan Madugalle