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Photos: Trott stands firm after Zaheer strikes

Last updated on: July 21, 2011 23:59 IST

Photos: Trott stands firm after Zaheer strikes

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Jonathan Trott was at the centre of England's revival as India dropped a couple of catches to allow the hosts to wriggle out of early trouble on the rain-marred opening day of the first cricket Test at the Lord's.

- Scorecard Report

Only 49.2 overs of play was possible in which home team reached 127 for two courtesy a patient half century by the England No 3.

The right-handed Trott was unbeaten on 58 and added 65 runs for the undefeated third-wicket stand with Kevin Pietersen (22 batting) after Zaheer Khan sent back both the openers.

Photograph: Getty Images


Image: Johnathan Trott plays a pull shot during Day 1 of the first Test

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Trott flourished in Zaheer's absence

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The Indian pace spearhead dismissed Alastair Cook (12) and skipper Andrew Strauss (22), and could have had Trott too had skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni attempted for a regulation catch that went through him and the first slip after the batsman got squared up.

Zaheer who missed out on the trip to Caribbean due to injury, had excellent figures of 13.3-8-18-2, before he went away clutching the back of his right thigh, later diagnosed, according to reports from dressing room, as mere cramps.

Trott flourished in Zaheer's absence, completing his half century from 155 minutes batting, hitting seven fours from 89 balls.

His application, despite his lucky breaks, clearly showed why the right-hander has made 712 runs in his last eight Test matches which has three centuries including a double hundred.

Photograph: Getty Images


Image: MS Dhoni (L) and Rahul Dravid react after dropping Jonathan Trott

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The 100th between the two nations

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The let-off in the slips wasn't the only chance, which came Trott's way. He was on 8 when Rahul Dravid at first slip was slow to react to an edge off Harbhajan Singh.

The opening day of the historic Test, the 2000th ever in Test annals and the 100th between the two nations, began half an hour late due to slight drizzle and stopped completely after 20 minutes before the scheduled tea break.

There was a possibility at the fag end of the day when umpires decided to squeeze in an hour but rain again played truant.

Put into bat by Indian captain Dhoni, English openers really had a tough opening session when new-ball bowlers Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar probed away relentlessly on the off-stump and neither Strauss nor Cook were entirely comfortable.

Photograpgh: (from Left) N Srinivisan, Shashank Manohar, Haroon Lorgat, Sharad Pawar, Giles Clarke and David Collier during a reciprocal presentation between the ECB and BCCI



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Strauss vs Zaheer contest lived up to expectation

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England scored their first runs in the fourth over as the first three were maiden overs with both Zaheer and Praveen never drifting down the leg-side and slip fielders agog in anticipation.

Dhoni fortified his slip cordon and kept two gullies against the two left-handed openers of England after watching his bowlers keep a tight leash on the opposition.

The first runs came as Cook played a cut shot off Praveen which went past point region.

The much-anticipated Strauss vs Zaheer contest lived up to expectation as the England captain found the Indian left-arm pacer a far more difficult proposition than the warm-up game against Somerset.

After Strauss weaved and dodged Zaheer's seaming deliveries, he finally pushed a delivery into the covers for a sharp single against the paceman who is likely to give him some sleepless nights in coming weeks.

Photograph: Getty Images


Image: Andrew Strauss pulls during his knock against India

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Zaheer provides the breakthrough

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The single came after Zaheer had locked him up at one end for 14 deliveries.

Despite the excellent bowling, England were solid without being spectacular but for couple of anxious moments when Praveen went up for a leg before shout against Cook but the ball had pitched beyond the leg stump.

Zaheer was almost at the end of his first spell when he got a ball to straighten up and hit Cook on the pads who missed an attempted flick after batting for 45 minutes to be wrapped on the pads.

Umpire Asad Rauf adjudged the batsman leg before. Cook had scored 12 hitting a boundary in his 36-ball knock.

Photograph: Reuters


Image: Umpire Asad Rauf raises the finger to dismiss Alastair Cook

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Pietersen looked scratchy

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Trott was never in discomfort, and also helped himself to a boundary off Ishant, flicking him to fine leg.

Dhoni brought on Harbhajan in the 19th over to switch ends for Ishant and was almost immediately rewarded  with his first ball of the summer, a straighter one which took the edge of Trott's bat and eluded Dravid who perhaps was standing a tad too back at first slip.

Pietersen showed signs of poor form and two of his fours, both off Praveen, were streaky shots past the slip cordon, the second one in fact quite lucky as he had aimed for flick and the ball took the outside edge of his bat.

Indians appeared to have lost their heart with chances not going their way before gloomy conditions, despite the floodlights being lit, first brought an early tea break and the subsequent rain completely wiped out the rest of the day's play.

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Image: Kevin Pietersen hits a boundary during his knock against India

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