England celebrated victory in the first test against India, after some world class cricket from the home side saw them beat the 2011 World Cup winners by 196 runs.

James Anderson bowled England over the line on the final day taking 5-65, but much was owed to the England batsmen who put their team in a commanding position on the fifth day.

…the second highest run scorer in test history.

Kevin Pietersen scored a sublime double century on Day two to put England in control of the match. Having been criticized recently for not performing, Pietersen became the fourth fastest England batsman to pass 6000 test runs.

On Day three India’s Rahul Dravid scored his first international century at Lord’s to help India to 286 all out, just avoiding the follow on. Dravid now sits behind team mate Sachin Tendulkar as the second highest run scorer in test history.

…off to a rocky start…

However, Stuart Broad inspired Strauss’s side to a magnificent display of pace bowling, taking 4-37 in 22 overs. England ended the day 5-0 and 193 ahead of their rivals.

Day four saw England get off to a rocky start when they were in trouble at 107-6. But out came Matt Prior, and he put England back in control with a much needed century. Strauss declared on 269-6, setting India a record 458 to win the test.

…full of confidence.

The final day saw India offer little resistance, and they were bowled out for 261 giving England a 1-0 lead in the series.

India will surely improve over the series, but England can go into the test at Trent Bridge on Friday full of confidence.

 

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