England vs India Lord's Test, Day 5 - Live Score and Streaming
Lunch India 286 and 142 for 4 (Tendulkar 7*, Raina 4*, Anderson 2-44) need another 316 to beat England474 for 8 decl. and 269 for 6 decl.
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England took three crucial wickets in the first session to make big progress towards their aim of nine wickets on the final day, for a 1-0 lead. You could argue with Andrew Strauss's field placements - two slips to start off with, and an almost permanent deep point in place - but his bowling changes worked like a charm. About 20 minutes before lunch, England managed a wicket in the first over of a new spell for the fifth time in this Test, ending a 14-over partnership between VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir. Live Score
It was James Anderson who sent back a resolute and fighting Laxman to add to his earlier dismissal of Rahul Dravid. In the next over, Graeme Swann followed up the good work with the wicket of Gambhir, who showed courage to bat out 56 balls with a painful elbow. Sachin Tendulkar, recovering from a viral infection and batting at No. 5, and Suresh Raina held on until lunch. England still had 72 overs to take the remaining six wickets in.
With 378 runs to play with at the start of the day, and with the Indians coming out of a sick bay, England began the day with modern fields: two slips, a gully, and men saving easy boundaries. It will be simplistic to say Strauss feared a defeat, it could have had more to do with all modern captains' tendency to not let the batsmen draw confidence through easy boundaries. In Anderson's first over, Laxman edged between the second slip and gully.
Chris Tremlett was superb from the other end, bowling an awkward in-between length, moving the ball away, and regularly beating the bat. The loose shot eventually came 33 minutes into the day, with Dravid chasing and edging a slightly short, slightly wide Anderson delivery. That ended Dravid's involvement after he had been on the field throughout the match bar 87 minutes, keeping wicket in between, dropping a catch at slip, and scoring a century to avoid the follow-on.
The next partnership was going to be the important one. Laxman and Gambhir have been India's big second-innings men in the recent years, and they both got in to frustrate England. While there was late swing and slightly variable bounce to keep the fast men interested, both of them looked comfortable against Swann. The good deliveries from the quicks, however, kept turning out to be too good, missing the edges.
It was ironic then that the breakthrough came through a loose dismissal. Laxman had been pulling throughout his knock, but when he did the same to Anderson's first delivery back, he found short midwicket. In the next over, Swann made his comeback, with a straighter one, the ball hitting Gambhir's pad a microsecond before it hit the bat. Asad Rauf made the correct call, reiterating what a superb Test it has been for the umpires.