Lord’s Test: England got away lightly losing only one wicket (Lunch report)

July 21st, 2011 - 8:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Harbhajan Singh London, July 21 (IANS) Indian pacers bowled a tad short and lost a bit of an advantage in seaming English conditions as the hosts treaded cautiously to reach 43/1 at lunch on the opening day of the first Test at Lord’s.

Zaheer Khan removed Alastair Cook (12) lbw in the 11th over with a delivery that swung in to strike the left-hander on the knee roll.

There were two missed opportunities for the visitors. England captain Andrew Strauss (20) survived a run out chance while Jonathan Trott (9) escaped after his edge off Harbhajan Singh, two overs before lunch, flew to the slip where Rahul Dravid could only get his fingertips to it.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won a good toss and gave his bowlers the chance to use the cloudy conditions after rain delayed by half an hour the start of the 2,000th Test overall and the 100th between the two nations.

Zaheer, coming back after missing the West Indies tour with an ankle injury, got the the ball to wobble, but not from the ideal length.

Praveen Kumar, preferred over S. Sreesanth and Munaf Patel, also got the ball to move away from the two left-handed openers, but he, too, did not make the batsman play much.

Strauss and Cook batted patiently and were happy to leave the swinging deliveries.

Cook’s wicket lifted Zaheer’s morale and the left-armer began to hit the right length, drawing Strauss to drive.

Struass, who has been out of form but had a good outing in the tour match playing for Somerset, looked determined to build his innings.

Ishant Sharma, the highest wicket-taker in Tests this year and with 22 wickets in the West Indies series, bowled only three of the 21 overs before lunch in two spells.

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