England beat India by 196 runs in first test

England beat India by 196 runs in the first Test at Lord’s, London on Monday.

India, Chasing a victory target of 458 runs, were bowled out for 261 in the last session with 28.3 overs still left in the day.

Suresh Raina top scored for India in the second innings with 78 runs.

James Anderson was the pick of English bowlers with the figures of 5-65. Stuart Broad claimed three wickets to finish with match figures of 7-94.

England captain Andrew Strauss praised his bowlers after beating India in the 2,000th Test match.

“The bowling unit – all four of them – were outstanding all throughout the Test match,” he said.

“The way they stuck at their task today…it was an outstanding performance. The wicket was flat, they had to build pressure and be patient and thankfully we got our rewards at the back end there.

“It’s always tough to bowl sides out on the fifth day at Lord’s.

“If you’re going to do it you need a very disciplined bowling attack, and that’s what we saw here today.

“I can’t praise them enough because they had to bowl a lot of overs.

“We back ourselves to get 20 wickets. We know sometimes it’s going to be tough, but they complement each other really well. Someone always sticks their hand up and gets wickets.”

Strauss also praised Pietersen who scored a double century in the first innings for which he was chosen the Man of the Match.

“Kevin Pietersen’s double hundred was one of the great England innings I’ve seen in recent times,” he added.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that losing Zaheer Khan on the opening day was a big blow.

“Missing Zaheer Khan early was a big blow. He might bowl in Trent Bridge, we will see what kind of improvement there is.”

“Unfortunately after that we lost Sachin, in the sense that he was unfit for the game, and in the second innings Gambhir got injured as well.”

“It’s a long series, three more Test matches, and I think there’s a lot of exciting cricket to go.”

England, who were put in to bat by India, scored 474/8 declared in the first innings and then bowled out India for 286.

England lead the four-Test series 1-0.

Scores:

England: 474-8 declared (J. Trott 70, K. Pietersen 202 not out, M. Prior 71; Praveen Kumar 5-106) & 269-6 declared (M. Prior 103 not out, S. Broad 74 not out)

India: 286 (R. Dravid 103 not out; S. Broad 4-37) & 261 (VVS Laxman 56, S. Raina 78; J. Anderson 5-65)

Man of Match: Kevin Pietersen

One thought on “England beat India by 196 runs in first test

  1. Same

    Well done England. India should know, They never been NO1. Just got lucky. Dhoni? I don’t think your team depends on only one bowler. Shame on u

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