England dominate at Edgbaston

August 11, 2011

by MezocasterEngland had yet another good day on the opening Test match against India at Edgbaston yesterday.

Andrew Strauss won the toss and asked India to have a bat in overcast conditions at Edgbaston. Yet again, India’s top order was blown away by England’s quick bowlers.

India had a good first hour where they reached 47-1 but from then on England took control. The tourists then collapsed to 111-7 as all three of England’s seam bowlers got in on the act.

Virender Sehwag who was seen as India’s savour prior to the Test, went to Stuart Broad for a golden duck when he failed to get his gloves out the way when trying to leave the ball.

Broad also picked up the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar the leading run scorer in Test match history. Tendulkar played away from his body and was dismissed for just 1, as he was caught at third slip by Jimmy Anderson.

However, Dhoni batting with the tail, decided to launch a counter attack against England’s bowlers. He was joined by Praveen Kumar and together they added 84 in 14 overs, which provided entertaining cricket for the big crowd in the West Midlands.

Three quick wickets after tea saw India bowled out for 224 which was a below par score. Both Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad picked up 4 wickets a piece for the home side, with Jimmy Anderson claiming the other two.

In 25 overs batting England took the game further away from India as they closed on 84-0. Andrew Strauss reached his first fifty in Test match cricket since Sydney. Strauss finished on 52 with Alastair Cook at the other end on 27.

Chris Murtagh 11/08/11

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