Day One Edgbaston: England Dominate India
Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad shared eight wickets as England dominated the first day of the third test match at Edgbaston.
India were removed for 244 with Broad (4-53) and Bresnan (4-62) destroying the top order before Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Praveen Kumar helped restore some parity with their 84-run partnership.
Andrew Strauss lead the reply ending the day unbeaten on 52 alongside Alastair Cook (27*) as England closed on 84-0.
The return of Virendar Sehwag gave a much needed boost to the tourists, but this was soon flattened as he gloved his first ball through off to Matt Prior off Broad.
Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid settled well after the early loss as Gambhir found the boundary with regularity. However, looking for his eight four he inside edged onto his stumps, driving loosely against Bresnan.
With lunch on the horizon England blew the India line up wide open as both Sachin Tendulkar and Dravid fell before the break. Tendulkar, uncharacteristically, tamely pushed outside off stump and was caught in the slips before Bresnan produced the ball of the day which left Dravid to clip the top of his off stumps.
Things didn’t pick up after lunch as Suresh Raina was bowled through the gate by James Anderson only for VVS Laxman to rid his role of anchoring the innings by floating a pull shot to fine leg.
Amit Mishra was fell instantly after which brought Dhoni and Kumar together. Seemingly back to his attacking best the Indian skipper was soon dominating the English attack forcing his counterpart to place no fewer than eight men on the boundary.
Kumar was able to support with five boundaries as Dhoni hit to all parts from the other end before England’s three seamers combined to finish of the innings.
At 111-7 the rest of the innings appeared to be a formality but the pair gave their side something to work with when all hope looked to be gone.
Cook and Strauss began conservatively with the first run coming off the 22nd ball, but from here, they didn’t look back and moved into a commanding position at the close.
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