VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: First Test, England Vs India, Lord's - live cricket 2011
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 8:37p.m.
By Greg Robertson
Welcome to LIVE VIDEO UPDATES of the first Test between England and India at Lord’s. We’ll deliver you all the Yorkers and bouncers, forward defensive shots and back foot drives through over-by-over commentary and VIDEO of great moments and action as these two great Test sides go head-to-head.
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LIVE COMMENTARY… England 126/2 Pietersen 22 Trott 58 Session 2, Day 1, Test 1 -
Scoreboard Thursday at tea on day one of the first test between England and India at Lord's: England 1st Innings
Andrew Strauss c Sharma b Khan 22
Alastair Cook lbw Khan 12
Jonathan Trott not out 58
Kevin Pietersen not out 22
Extras: (8b, 4lb, 1w) 13
TOTAL: (for 2 wickets) 127
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-62.
Bowling: Zaheer Khan 13.3-8-18-2, Praveen Kumar 17.3-5-46-0, Ishant Sharma 11.2-3-33-0 (1w), Harbhajan Singh 7-1-18-0.
To bat: Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett.
Umpires: Billy Bowden, Australia, and Asad Rauf, Pakistan.
Third Umpire: Marais Erasmus, South Africa. Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lanka.
Some of the world's finest cricketers will be on show when England and India launch a four-test series at Lord's today, but the spotlight may fall on the umpires rather than the players.
Umpires will receive no help from technology commonly used in other international cricket matches, mainly because India rejects key parts that can help umpires to give leg before wicket decisions.
The umpires, New Zealander Billy Bowden and Pakistan's Asaf Rauf, will be feeling the pressure even more after Australian umpire Daryl Harper quit cricket early, accusing Indian cricketers of adopting "bullying" tactics on the field during the recent series against West Indies.
England will be confident after a convincing series victory over Sri Lanka, and the home team could once again be helped by cool, overcast conditions that assist seamers like James Anderson and Chris Tremlett.
Pugnacious fast bowler Stuart Broad is likely to get the nod from coach Andy Flower over Tim Bresnan. Flower denied Broad was being used as an "enforcer" to unsettle batsmen. "His job is to create pressure and to take wickets and to do that you generally bowl at off stump," Flower told the Guardian newspaper.
India, the world No. 1 test team and one-day world champions, have the most feared batting lineup, but will be without explosive opener Virender Sehwag for at the least the first two tests because of a shoulder injury.
"We've heard that he'll be over here maybe the third and fourth test, so we're crossing our fingers for that," said India coach Duncan Fletcher, a former England coach.
Fletcher is keenly aware that his batting lineup, which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, is comfortable with English weather conditions and should not be overly troubled.
"They're in a good space at the moment and they can carry on," he said. "Over here it could be different because the outfield should be miles faster than in the West Indies."
India's batting still revolves around Tendulkar, the little master who at the age of 38 will be looking for his 100th international century at Lord's.
With 14,692 test runs and 18,111 one-day runs, Tendulkar could be central to India's efforts to prevent England taking over the top spot of test teams.
The Indians have had only one warmup game in England, but were given a stiff working-over during the three-test series in the Caribbean, which they won 1-0 without impressing. A three-day game against Somerset allowed England captain Andrew Strauss to bat himself back into form with an unbeaten century against a weakened India bowling attack.
India's weakness, if it has one, is its bowling, although Zaheer Khan is a veteran seamer and Harbhajan Singh is still one of the world's best spinners.
England's batsmen, especially openers Strauss and Alastair Cook, are in strong form, as is South African-born Jonathan Trott, who has succeeded in reaching a test average of 62 while infuriating opposing fielders with his laboured preparations for each delivery.
Kevin Pietersen is yet to recover the form that made him the best batsman in the world a few years ago, but remains a potent force and a potential match-winner.
The world waits to see if Sachin Tendulkar can crown a great career by scoring his 100th international hundred at Lord's this week.
Two milestones are in place already: This will be the 2,000th test and the 100th between England and India.
Tendulkar scored his 99th hundred against South Africa in the World Cup on March 12 in Nagpur. Since then his scores in ODIs have been 2, 53, 85 and 18.
His last international innings was in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in April when he lasted just 14 balls.
He played for Mumbai Indians in the IPL then came to England early to prepare for the tour, rather than head to West Indies with the national team.
He has spent the time in his flat near Lord's, going to Wimbledon, and practicing regularly in the Lord's nets, taking his 11-year-old son Arjun with him.
In seven test innings at Lord's his scores have been 10, 27, 31, 16, 12, 37 and 16. There is no test ground in the world where he has played so many innings without scoring a fifty.
If England beats India by a margin of two tests they will leapfrog South Africa to go top of the ICC world rankings for the first time.
England has been unbeaten in its last eight series and has won its last five.
The four tests, starting on Thursday, will be played in 33 days.
Andrew Strauss returns as England captain after a successful one-day series campaign by his replacement Alastair Cook.
The only question in England's increasingly settled side is whether Tim Bresnan, recovered from a calf injury, will replace Stuart Broad. Bresnan took 11 wickets at 19.54 in the last two matches of the Ashes. Broad, who suffered injuries during the winter, has looked under-par this summer. He took eight wickets at 48.75 in three tests against Sri Lanka.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has captained India to the top of the world test rankings and they have won trophies in all three formats under his captaincy.
They won the World Cup for the first time since 1983 after he promoted himself up the order and scored 91 not out off 79 balls. In 2007 they won the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa under him. In 27 tests under Dhoni, he has won 15, and lost three. Only Ganguly, with 21 wins out of 49, has won more matches for India.
All of the tests Dhoni has lost have been the first match of a series.
India is unbeaten in its last 11 series.
Among the subplots to this series, Duncan Fletcher masterminded England's
2005 Ashes victory and returns as opposition coach. He was desperate to get some batting practice for his charges in the only warmup game at Taunton, but was refused permission to change the first-class match to a 12 or 13-a-side game.
As is usual nowadays, India has had very little time to acclimatise and this was flagged when it was bowled out for 224 after being 90-6 against Somerset.
Fletcher will become the first head coach for 100 matches.
England: Played 96: Won 42, Lost 30, Drawn 24.
India: Played 3: Won 1, Drawn 2.
Lord's pitches tend to be flat and England may struggle to bowl India out twice. Bresnan suffered a stress fracture to his left foot after bowling 50 overs in the Lord's test against Bangladesh last year. On the fifth day at the Rose Bowl, England took just two Sri Lanka wickets in 55 overs, which included a new ball after lunch.
Head to head:
Played 99: England 34, India 19, Drawn 46.
In England: 48: England 23, India 5, Drawn 20.
England has won only four and lost 10 of the last 27 tests between the sides.
England: Played 120, Won 46, Lost 27, Drawn 47.
India: Played 15, England 10, India 1, Drawn 4.
India's only victory at Lord's was in the first test in 1986. They played 11 warmup matches in the month before the game: Six three-day games and five limited-overs matches. It was England's sixth test defeat in a row and captain David Gower was sacked a few minutes after the match.
England is unbeaten in its last 11 tests at Lord's.
The average first-innings score at Lord's is 312.
Andrew Strauss made his debut at Lord's in May 2004 and scored 112 and 83 before falling victim to a Nasser Hussain run out that led to Hussain resigning the captaincy. Strauss has scored four of his 19 hundreds here in 15 tests and has 1,364 runs at 56.83. Only Graham Gooch with 2,015 and Alec Stewart with 1,476 have scored more test runs here.
Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the greatest batsman to have played the game.
He has played more tests, scored more runs and more hundreds than any other player. He made his first test appearance against Pakistan on Nov. 15, 1989 aged 16 in Karachi, and if anything, he seems even more in love with the game now, aged 38. He averages 56.94 overall in tests, but 61.42 against England, the highest against any side excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
He has played 631 internationals made up of 177 tests, 453 ODIs and a T20.
He has 32,813 international runs: 14,692 in tests, 18,111 in ODIs and 10 in T20, and 200 wickets made up of 45 in tests, 154 in ODIs and one in T20. He says simply, "I'm not thinking of records. I'm just thinking of enjoying this tour."
This is the 2,000th test. The first thousand took from March 1877 to November 1984, more than 107 years. The second thousand have taken under 27 years, with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh added to the mix.
It is the 100th test between England and India. The first was in June 1932 and England beat a weak India side which was suffering from injuries as well as missing the captain and vice-captain. Fast bowler Bill Bowes took six wickets on debut.
Alastair Cook's last six scores have been 50 or more: 82, 189, 133, 96, 106 and 55. One more will equal the record of seven successive fifties held jointly by Everton Weekes, Andy Flower and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Jonathan Trott needs 133 runs for 2,000. This is his 22nd test and his next innings will be his 35th. Currently, Kevin Pietersen and Herbert Sutcliffe hold the England record for being the fastest to 2,000 runs with 22 tests apiece, though Sutcliffe took only 33 innings to Pietersen's 41.
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