England ~~lords~~ over India by 170 runs in 1st Test

Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2002, 1:30 [IST]
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London: England beat India by 170 runs on the final day of the first Test of four at Lord's on Monday. India, set a mammoth 568 to win, was bowled out for 397 after starting the fifth and final day on 232 for six. Ajit Agarkar scored his Test career best of 109 not out as England took a 1-0 lead in the series. Agarkar's maiden Test hundred was a fine effort but could not save India. Agarkar, who once made five successive ducks against Australia, brought up three figures off just 101 balls including 15 fours. He and Ashish Nehra also had the satisfaction of posting an Indian last wicket record stand against England of 63. But when Graham Thorpe caught Nehra at third slip off recalled all-rounder Craig White for 19, England had a comfortable victory. Earlier, India, chasing a mammoth 568 to win, started the fifth and final day on 232 for six, still 336 runs short of victory with its last leading batsman Venkat Sai Laxman 38 not out and Agarkar 28 not out. But when Laxman fell for 74 to debutant fast bowler Simon Jones, India was on its way to defeat at 296 for seven. It just managed to survive until lunch at 353 for nine. The match was a personal triumph for England's Madras-born captain Nasser Hussain who, because of injuries was without first choice quicks Darren Gough, Andrew Caddick and Alex Tudor as well as in-form opening batsman Marcus Trescothick. He started his side's march to victory when, after winning the toss, he top-scored with 155 out of England's first innings 487. It was also a notable Test for recalled Hampshire batsman John Crawley, who followed up his 64 in the first innings with 100 not out in the second. Meanwhile England opener Michael Vaughan recovered from a duck to also make exactly 100 second time around. For India only Virender Sehwag out of its much-vaunted top order made a significant score - 84 - when his team needed it most in the first innings. Sachin Tendulkar failed twice with 16 and 12. Left-arm quick Zaheer Khan bowled well throughout while experienced leg spinner Anil Kumble finished with match figures of six for 212. India has not won a Test series outside of the sub-continent since a 2-0 triumph in England back in 1986. However, it has some time to regroup before the second Test of this four-match series starts at Trent Bridge on Thursday, August 8.

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