Day 5 : England vs India 1st Test – London – Video Highlights
Anderson leads dominant England to big win
England 474 for 8 decl. (Pietersen 202*, Trott 71, Praveen 5-106) and 269 for 6 decl. (Prior 103*, Broad 74*, Ishant 4-59) beat India 286 (Dravid 103*, Broad 4-37, Tremlett 3-80) and 261 (Raina 78, Laxman 56, Anderson 5-65, Broad 3-57) by 196 runs
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England bowlers fought their way through dogged batting, the absence of DRS for lbws and some naughty fielding to avoid a repeat of Lord's 2007 and finish a comprehensive win 28.3 overs before the gruelling final-day scrap was to be called off.
India's four big hopes survived 93, 113, 56 and 68 deliveries, which meant England were made to work for the wickets, and also that they never let those batsmen feel they were in. James Anderson took out Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar, although it could be argued that his were the knockout blows after the softening up done by Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett. Not that any man in the England side will mind how the wickets came.
Although there were two dropped catches and two controversial lbw not-outs involved, it all went down in a manner it suggested England had scripted it thus. They wouldn't have budgeted for the strongest resistance to be coming from Suresh Raina, who told his critics he belonged with a fighting 78, but by the final session an erstwhile Anderson was in red-hot form, completing his 11th five-for by breaking through that final piece of Indian fight with a beautiful inswinger from round the stumps.
Twice Anderson struck in the first overs of new spells, taking the count of such English successes to six for this Test. Initially he fed off the immense pressure created by Tremlett and Broad built up immense pressure for Anderson to cash in, and Graeme Swann did his thing by accounting for one of the best players of spin today, Gautam Gambhir.