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IND v ENG 1st Test, Lord's, Day 5 : England strike early on final day of Lords test

England looked set to clinch the opening Test at Lords on Monday as they needed just five more Indian wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three match npower series.
The Indians suffered two early blows on the final morning losing overnight batsman Dinesh Karthick (60) and Sourav Ganguly (40) with the first 30 minutes. Ryan Sidebottom trapped Sourav Ganguly lbw and James Anderson had Dinesh Karthik caught at slip to leave India reeling on 145-5, chasing 380.
With only VVS Laxman and Mahendra Dhoni remaining among the recognised batsmen, India might be hard pressed to bat out the remaining sessions. The only hope being rain saving Indias day showers have been forecast but late in the day.

IND v ENG 1st Test, Lord's, Day 4 : Pietersen ton puts England on top

India, dismissed for a meagre 201 in their first innings, were 137 for three at the close, needing a further 243 runs to reach their target of 380 after Pietersen had scored 134. Opener Dinesh Karthik was 56 not out and former captain Sourav Ganguly, dropped on 12, was 36 not out with their stand currently worth 52 after they came together at 84 for three.
If India win they would achieve the fourth highest fourth innings Test victory total in history and break the equivalent Lord's record of 344 for one set by the West Indies in 1984. Earlier Kevin Pietersen burst back into form with his ninth century, his first Test hundred against India, while RP Singh's 5 for 59 kept the rest of the English team in check on the fourth day at Lord's. England who started the day at 77/2 were all out for 282 just before tea.
Paul Collingwood's miserable Test continued as he made just four before he spooned a bouncer from Singh straight to VVS Laxman.
First Test, Lords, day four : England 298 & 282 v India 201 & 137/3

IND v ENG 1st Test, Lord's, Day 3 : England skittle India to blow Test open

The first Test between England and India looks set for an engaging conclusion after the tourists' first innings finished at 201 all out just before lunch on the third day. Anderson claimed a five-wicket haul at a cost of just 42 runs.
At stumps, England lead by 174 runs with 8 wickets remaining.
First Test, Lords, day three (close): England 298 & 77/2 v India 201

IND v ENG 1st Test, Lord's, Day 2 : India 145 for 4 at stumps on day 2

England hit back after a collapse to restrict India to 145-4 at close of play on the second day of the Lords Test on Friday.
The Englishmen were disciplined in their bowling, when they themselves lost 6-26 to be all out for 298 after the entire morning was lost to rain. In the late afternoon session, James Anderston took the key wickets of Rahul Dravid (2) and Sachin Tendulkar (37) to peg back the Indians.
Tendulkar, however,went past Australian Steve Waugh in becoming the third highest run-scorer in Tests.
Left arm speedster Ryan Sidebottom got Dinesh Karthik and Chris Tremlett caught and bowled opener Wasim Jaffer (58) for his first Test wicket. Tendulkar, who was aiming to get his first Lords hundred looked good but fell leg before to Anderson.
First Test, Lords, day two (close): England 298 v India 145-4

IND v ENG 1st Test, Lord's, Day 1 : India hit back after English lapse

Andrew Strauss narrowly failed to score his first test century in almost a year on the first day of the first cricket test against India at Lord's where England reached 268 for four at the close.
After three late stoppages for bad light, play finally ended almost an hour after the scheduled close. England suffered from the interruptions and lost Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood after the second break.
They had been 218 for one after tea, having lost Alastair Cook for 36 before lunch. Strauss made 96 for his highest test score since his 116 against Pakistan last August and captain Vaughan hit 79. Kevin Pietersen was on 34 with night-watchman Ryan Sidebottom, five.
India are seeking their first series win in England for 21 years, while Vaughan's side are looking to protect an impressive home record in which they have not lost a series on home soil since 2001.
First Test, Lords, day one (close): England 268-4 v India

IND v ENG 1st Test, Lord's : India target rare series win in England

India will launch their grueling three-match cricket Test series against England at the historic Lord's on Thursday, heavily relying on their famed batsmen to provide the inspiration in their quest for a rare series win.
It will probably be the last English summer for the famous batting quintet - captain Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - and the four stalwarts would be keen to make an impression in what promises to be thrilling series. While the Indian batting appears to be strong on paper, it is the lack of experience in the bowling department which would make it necessary for the bastmen to deliver the goods against the home team.
The Indians have had enough time to acclimatise to the conditions having played a series in Ireland and two warm-up games in England. Most of the batsmen have got one or two big knocks under their belt and it is now a matter of carrying their form into the series. Although the visitors are yet to finalise the composition for the first game, it is more or less certain that they will go in with seven batsmen and four specialist bowlers a formula which has served them well on overseas tours for quite some time.
Wasim Jaffer and Dinesh Kaarthick are like to open the innings while the middle order comprising Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman has plenty of experience to tackle the English attack which would badly miss the services of Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison. England (team from): Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan (Captain), Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matt Prior (Wicket Keeper), Ryan Sidebottom, Matthew Hoggard, Monty Panesar, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett
India (team from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Venkatsai Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose, Anil Kumble, Ramesh Powar

England fast bowler Stephen Harmison ruled out of test series against India

England fast bowler Stephen Harmison was ruled out for the entire cricket Test series against India as his hernia injury requires immediate surgery which will keep him out of action for four to six weeks.
Harmison, who was looking to postpone his surgery to play against the touring Indian side, suffered a recurrence of the injury last week and was yesterday ruled out of the first Test starting at Lord's on Thursday. After meeting specialists, it came out that Harmison will have to go under the knife today itself. "He's going to have the operation later today. Unfortunately for him the hernia has come back and now it's all about getting it done as quickly as possible," Coach Peter Moores said.
The operation is expected to sideline him for four to six weeks. The Durham pacer, who retired from one-day internatioal cricket last winter, sustained the injury during the final Test against West Indies at Chester-le-Street nearly a month ago. After conducting tests, the medical staff of the England team, however, allowed him to play on.
The problem resurfaced during Durham's match against Sussex last week and he is now set to miss the remainder of England's summer. His place in England's 13-man squad was filled by Hampshire pace bowler Chris Tremlett.

Broad called up by England for India opener

Uncapped pace bowler Stuart Broad was called up on Sunday into England's 13-man squad for the first Test against India starting at Lord's on Thursday.
Broad, 21, was included after fast bowler Stephen Harmison was rated 'extremely doubtful' on Saturday for the opening match of a three-Test series after suffering a recurrence of his hernia injury while playing for Durham. Leicestershire's Broad, the son of former England opening batsman Chris, has played nine One-Day Internationals but has yet to play in a Test.
He was included along with Lancashire quick James Anderson, the pair set to compete for the final place in England's starting side if, as expected, Harmison is unfit. England's chairman of selectors, David Graveney, said: "Stephen Harmison's hernia problem will be re-assessed by our medical team when the team reports for the first Test on Monday evening.
England squad: Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Matthew Prior, Stephen Harmison, Ryan Sidebottom, Matthew Hoggard, Monty Panesar, James Anderson, Stuart Broad.

India-England Lions Match Ends In A Tame Draw

England Lions proved that India's impotent bowling attack has neither the zing nor the sting as the three-day warm up cricket match between them petered out into a drab draw in Chelmsford on Sunday.
Chasing an improbable 258 runs in the last hour, India reached 91 for one in their second innings. At draw of stumps on the final day, Wasim Jaffer was not out on 22 while Yuvraj Singh was batting on six. Dinesh Kaarthick (51) was the lone Indian wicket to fall after he had scored a scintillating half-century off just 45 balls stroking eight boundaries. He fell to leg spinner Adil Rashid as he charged down to play a shot but hit it straight to Ravi Bopara at short covers.
The hosts had declared their first innings at 413 for eight and it took a magnificent 171-run knock by stop-gap skipper Sachin Tendulkar, which propped up the visitors' response as India posted 383.
Tour match, Chelmsford, day four: Sussex 300-6d & 190-9 drew with India 388-7d & 184-8d

Tendulkar delights chelmsford with a masterly 171

A standout innings of 171 off 236 balls from Indias batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar reached his team to 336-7,within 77 runs short off England Lions 413-8 decl, on the second day of the three-day tour match at Chelmsford on Saturday.
India, who got off to a very shaky start to their innings losing 3-14, were steadied by Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh (59), who put on 140 for the fifth wicket after VVS Laxman (0) and Sourav Ganguly (14) had departed cheaply. India opener Wasim Jaffer once again failed for the third time in two tour outings and was out for a single digit score.
But the day belonged to Tendulkar, who completed a superb century just after tea to stamp in his first innings on England tour this summer. Graham Onions struck twice in his first over to reduce India to 14-3 but the Tendulkar-Singh partnership rescued India out of trouble.
The batting great was finally out to Onions, caught by Shah for his 63rd first class century. At stumps, M S Dhoni,the dashing wicketkeeper,was unbeaten on 44 while paceman Zaheer Khan remained not out on 18 as India ended the day on 336-7.
Tour match, Chelmsford, day two (close): England Lions 413-8d v India 336-7

England Lions expose Indian attack

A toothless Indian bowling attack stood thoroughly exposed as England Lions, riding on a sparkling unbeaten century by all-rounder Tim Bresnan and crisp half centuries from Joe Denly and Stuart Broad, rattled up 379 for eight on the opening day of the three-day tie at Chelmsford on Friday.
At stumps, Bresnan was not out 116 with Chris Tremlett (8) giving him company. Bresnan's 116-run knock included 15 fours and one six during his 156-ball stay.
Coming in to bat with the hosts precariously placed at 185 for six, the 22-year old Bresnan displayed a cool head before opening out to play some fine shots all round the wicket. He batted with just the right mix of caution and aggression to feature in a thrilling eighth wicket stand of 129 runs with Broad (50) that steered his team to safety.
Tour match, Chelmsford, day one (close): England Lions 379-8 v India

India lead Sussex on the penultimate day

India gained a first innings lead of 88 but extended it to 109 at 21-2 in their second essay on the penultimate day of their tour match against Sussex at Hove.
Sussex declared their first innings on 300-6 in 85.1 overs after the tourists had made 388-7 declared in 130.5 overs. Hodd top scored for Sussex with an unbeaten 106 while skipper Yardy made 53.
For the Indian veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble was the most successful bowler picking 3-66 in 22 overs. In their second innings, India lost two early wickets in the form on opener Wasim Jaffer (4) and the promoted M S Dhoni, who managed 11. Both were out to Lewry.
Tour match, Hove, day three (close): Sussex 300-6d v India 388-7d & 21-2

Laxman misses ton against Sussex on day 2

India's bowlers took cue from the top order batsmen, striking telling blows to reduce English County Champions Sussex to 146 for 5 in their first innings on the second day of the warm-up match in Hove on Sunday.
After V V S Laxman top-scored with a sparkling innings of 95 to give the Indians an impressive total of 388 for 7 declared, the bowlers produced a clinical display to drive a wedge through the Sussex top order.
At close, wicketkeeper-batsman Andy Hodd was batting on 21 with Robert Martin-Jenkins yet to open his account at the crease and Sussex still needing 93 more to avoid the follow-on.
Tour match, Hove, day two (close): Sussex 146-5 v India 388-7d

India reach 281 for 3 at stumps on day 1

The Indians made an ideal start to their three-month long tour of England with several top-order batsmen spending valuable time in the middle on the first day against Sussex at Hove as the Indians reached 281 for 3 at stumps on day 1.
A few spots in the Test team are still up for grabs and the Indians wanted to use this match and the next warm-up game to identify their best XI before the first Test against England on July 19. India captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and without any hesitation elected to bat first.
Karthik had scored a century in his last Test innings at Mirpur and he continued his form with a watchful 76. Jaffer failed after a watchful start and Gambhir did his claim to a Test opening spot no harm by scoring an unusually patient 67.
They came together towards the end of the first session and added 129 runs for the second wicket. Dravid batted fluently towards the end of the day during his 57 while Laxman also played a determined innings, punctuated with his delightful wristwork, and staked his claim for the No.5 spot in the Test side. It had been raining at Hove in the past few days and conditions were windy at the start, with the sun playing hide and seek behind the clouds.
The match got off to a delayed start as Sussex were involved in a Twenty20 match late on Friday evening. Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq made his Sussex first-class debut.
Tour match, Hove, day one (close): India 281-3 v Sussex

Full strength team likely for Sussex match

Fresh from their one-day cricket series triumph over the South Africans in Ireland, India will launch their gruelling tour of England with a four-day warm-up game against County champions Sussex at Hove.
The two teams, however, will keep one eye on the quiky weather as it has been raining regularly here for the last few days. With hardly any cricket played for about a week since their series win against South Africa, the Indians will be looking forward to field their best combination in the two warm-up games leading up to the first Test at the Lord's on July 19.
Accordingly, Test regulars Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and Wasim Jaffer are almost certain to make the cut for the final eleven. Among the batsmen, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Dinesh Kaarthick will try to get rid of the rust and be in top shape ahead of the Test series.
The Indian top order did well to get some runs under the belt against a decent South African attack in the Future Cup series and would be keen on continuing with that impressive form. In bowling department, S. Sreesanth has fully recovered from a bout of flu, that ruled him out of the one-day series in Ireland, and he will be sharing the new ball with Zaheer Khan. Captain Rahul Dravid will also be interested to see new pace inclusion Ranadeb Bose perform in a match situation. With the presence of Pakistan players Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan in the rival ranks, the Indians can certainly expect a bit more spice added to the contest.
Led by the 37-year old Chris Adams, who played five Tests for England, Sussex has banked on the guiles of Mushtaq to break the title jinx in 2003 before winning it again last year. In each season, Mushtaq finished with 103 and 102 wickets respectively. Sussex has been well served by former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin and Richard Montogerie, both of whom have been in fine form. The 34-year old Goodwin played 17 Tests for Zimbabwe before moving to Australia - where he grew up - in 2000. Michael Yardy, Andy Hodd and Carl Hopkinson are the others in the line-up that also includes two allrounders in Luke Wright and Robin Martin-Jenkins. Chris Liddle, Jason Lewry and James Kirtley form a decent pace attack for the hosts. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, Dinesh Kaarthick, Ramesh Powar, S. Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, R.P. Singh, Wasim Jaffer, Anil Kumble, Ranadeb Bose and Ishant Sharma.
Sussex team (from): Chris Adams (Captain), Murray Goodwin, Richard Montogerie, Andy Hodd, Carl Hopkinson, James Kirtley, Jason Lewry, Chris Liddle, Robin Martin-Jenkins, Chris Nash, Matt Prior (wicket keeper), Ollie Rayner, Thomas Smith, Michael Thorney, Kuke Wright, Michael Yardy, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

Umpires for India-England series announced

Sri Lankas Mr Ranjan Madugalle and Mr Roshan Mahanama have been appointed match referees for the upcoming Test and One-Day International cricket series between India and England this month. While Mr Madugalle will oversee the three-match Test series starting 19 July in London, Mahanama will be in-charge of the seven ODIs, the International Cricket Council said in a statement.
Australian umpire Mr Simon Taufel and the West Indian Mr Steve Bucknor will stand in the first Test to be played from 19-23 July at the Lords. The second Test, at Trent Bridge from 27-31 July, will be umpired by Mr Taufel and South African Mr Ian Howell. The third and final Test, at The Oval from 9-13 August, will be officiated by Mr Bucknor and Mr Howell.

Harmison may play with hernia against India

Desperate to play in the upcoming cricket Test series against India, England pacer Steve Harmison is planning to delay a hernia surgery to keep himself in available for the three matches.
The pacer, struggling with both injuries and his poor form, said he would delay the surgery until the end of the Test series against Rahul Dravid's men next month if he does not encounter too many problems while bowling in the upcoming county matches. Harmison, who bid adieu to his ODI career earlier this year after England's Ashes humiliation, said he would take a final decision on the matter next week.
"I felt something go in my back in the warm up and it got stiffer and stiffer, although I felt alright to play. I then found a lump in my groin area and it was diagnosed as a hernia," he was quoted as saying in 'The Mirror'. "Ideally I don't want to miss any Test matches, but I want to be bowling at 90 miles an hour not 80. So if I am bowling quickly in the next week or so then I'll go as far as the end of the India series," he added. The lanky bowler said the delay in surgery can go as far as the end of English summer, if he does not encounter any major trouble with his speed.
"We will see how it goes over the next few days. If we can get through to the end of the summer that would be great. I am happy with the way I bowled in this match," he said. India will play three Test matches against England starting July 19.

Flintoff doubtful for India series

Andrew Flintoff's arthroscopy on his left ankle may have gone well but the talismanic all-rounder looks doubtful for the Test series against India starting next month.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement that Friday's operation went well, but Flintoff is unlikely to play before the end of the summer. "Andrew Flintoff has undergone an exploratory arthroscopy on his injured left ankle. Early signs are that the operation was routine and Andrew will begin his rehabilitation accordingly following successful removal of tissue contributing to anterior impingement in the ankle," the statement said. "Andrew will require a programme of strengthening and proprioceptive work before he can start training and bowling. It is anticipated that he will aim to return to playing cricket before the end of the summer," it added.

India to tour England in July-September

India would play three Tests and seven ODIs during their three-month tour of England starting in July this year, according to the schedule announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board here today.
Of the seven one-dayers, three would be day-night affairs. Prior to the Test series starting on July 19, India will play two warm-up matches against Sussex and England A. After the first two Tests, they are slated to play Sri Lanka 'A' in a three-day game in Leicester. The Indians would also play a couple of lead-up games ahead of the start of the ODI series on August 21.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.