Classic Day One: England vs India 2011
04 Aug 2017
4 Minutes Read
India 224; England 84-0 at close of play
England dominated the opening day of the third Test against India in 2011 thanks to some fantastic seam bowling from Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and James Anderson who took all 10 wickets and dismissed India for just 224. This was a landmark fixture as it was the first Test to be played at Edgbaston after the £32 Million redevelopment to turn Edgbaston into one of the world's best cricket stadiums.
England: James Anderson, Andrew Strauss (c), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Graeme Swann, Matt Prior (wk)
India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, S Sreesanth, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra
India crumble to magnificent seam attack
Put in to bat by Andrew Strauss, India lost the wicket of Virender Sehwag to the first ball he faced on his return to the side and by the end of the 40th over, the tail-ender Amit Mishra lost his wicket to Stuart Broad, the scoreboard showing 111 for seven.
"Sachin was aiming from his 100th 10o in Test cricket but he sliced one to third slip from the bowling off Stuart Broad."
First Sehwag, then Sachin Tendulkar, who batted for just 11 minutes as he scored just one run from eight balls. Sachin was aiming from his 100th 10o in Test cricket but he sliced one to third slip from the bowling off Stuart Broad. Between them came Gautam Gambhir, who hit seven fours and was on 38-runs from 64-balls before frustration kicked in as he drove at Tim Bresnan and lost his leg stump. Then, with the last ball of the opening session, Rahul Dravid was castled by a beauty from Tim Bresnan after scoring 22-runs.
Finally there was VVS Laxman, who made a persuasive statement of intent in caressing half a dozen boundaries but then flipped Bresnan carelessly to long‑leg just as he had done in the first innings at Lord's, a sucker punch. From 59 for one, six wickets fell either side of lunch for 52. India's star-studded line-up included some of the biggest names to grace cricket but were simply unable to live with the pace and accuracy being shown by England's impressive trio who reduced the tourists to just 111-7.
India's Superstars bowled out for just 224
Dhoni hit 10 fours and three sixes as he smashed 77-runs off just 96-balls and added 84 for the eighth wicket with the Praveen Kumar. However, Kumar was caught by Matt Prior from the bowling off Tim Bresnan for 26. A further 29 for the ninth wicket was added before Dhoni edged Stuart Broad and was caught behind by skipper Andrew Strauss. It gave Stuart Broad a fourth wicket to go with the four earned earlier by Bresnan.
"It was a magnificent day for the fans who saw England bowl out India before Strauss and Cook put on 84 without loss."
All out for 224. India's batting superstars were out for 224 with only Dhoni putting on an impressive performance with the bat.
It left England with 25 overs to face and a statement to make, which they did emphatically. England closed on 84 without loss, with Strauss hitting 10 fours in his 52 and Alastair Cook 27. It was a magnificent day for the fans who saw England bowl out India before Strauss and Cook put on 84 without loss.
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