KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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James Anderson inspired England to a 196-run victory in front of a packed house on the final day of a thrilling Lord’s Test.
Anderson led the way with 5-65, including the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, who once again failed to improve on his highest score of 37 at the Home of Cricket.
Suresh Raina provided the sternest resistance for India, making an impressive 78, but his more illustrious team-mates failed to halt England’s victory charge.
Stuart Broad bowled magnificently once again to take 3-57 and was unlucky not to have more wickets to his name.
Kevin Pietersen was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten 202 in the first innings but Andrew Strauss can reflect on a magnificent team performance in which they outplayed the world’s number one side.
Thousands of fans queued, some from as early as 3am, to get into the Ground, with many sadly forced to head home as 'HQ' quickly became a sell out.
The presence of thousands of passionate India supporters helped provide a scintillating atmosphere - and a record crowd for the final day of a Test at Lord's.
England’s bowlers had struggled on the fourth evening to trouble the India pair of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman – but set about them with renewed vigour.
Dravid, so crucial to India following his magnificent unbeaten 103 in the first innings, played an uncharacteristically loose shot to get set the England ball rolling.
The 36-year-old wafted at one outside the off stump to Anderson, with Matt Prior taking the catch.
Gautam Ghambir, recovered from the blow to the elbow which had prevented him opening the batting the day before, came in at number four to join Laxman.
Laxman, so pleasing on the eye, moved to a fine half century as India headed towards what would have been a satisfying Lunch.
It never came though, as England secured a vital double-strike - Laxman pulling Anderson straight to mid wicket and Gambhir trapped LBW by Swann in the following over.
Tendulkar received a spine tingling reception as he strode out at Lord’s for possibly the last time in a Test match.
England have bowled magnificently at him in this Test though, and the Little Master’s innings of 12 was a scratchy affair, which included a nervy, runless period of 34 balls.
Broad sent down on sensational over in which Tendulkar survived a huge LBW appeal, which HawkEye replays suggested should have been given.
Tendulkar was then dropped at first slip by Strauss as the 38-year-old batsman attempted a leave off Anderson and England may have started to rue their misfortune.
The drop didn’t cost England too dearly though, as just one run later Anderson had his man, trapped in front of middle stump and quickly sent on his way by umpire Billy Bowden.
England failed to follow-up that key wicket and Tendulkar remained the only man to depart in a stagnant afternoon session as India dug in aiming for a draw.
The hosts had a new ball just one over old to play with after Tea though, and almost half of the allotted overs for the day still to come.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a doughty customer and he, along with Raina, presented the last recognised pair for England to dislodge.
It took them until 40 minutes after Tea to dislodge Dhoni, but once he had feathered an edge through to Prior to give Chris Tremlett his first wicket of the innings, India looked resigned to their fate.
Harbhajan, a man with two Test centuries to his name, stuck around with more conviction than in his first innings duck, and was given a life by Eoin Morgan, who dropped a sitter at point.
The unlucky bowler was Broad, who, in the same over, had a plumb LBW shout turned down by the usually excellent Bowden. Broad’s distraught reaction might yet land him in trouble with the Match Referee.
Anderson had the gods on his side throughout the day though, and he sparked the final flurry of wickets by bouncing out Harbhajan, who skied one to Tremlett at mid on.
Praveen Kumar was clean bowled by Broad, before Anderson ended Raina’s resistance to give him his third five-for at Lord’s and 11th in Tests.
Moments later Broad finally persuaded Bowden to give him an LBW and the game, and series lead, was England’s.