India halt English-jinx

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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India tour of England 2007Rahul Dravid-led India, with an ad-hoc support staff, managed a rare and creditable series win in England. After a 21 years long wait, India emulated Kapil's bunch who did it in1986. This victory certainly helped India salvage pride after World Cup debacle.

India managed to draw the first of three-Test series at Lord's. Thanks to stubborn Dhoni (76* off 159), who held his innings at one end in the second essay to save his side the blushes. This one big effort boosted Indian morale going into second Test.

India in their happy hunting ground at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, dominated the hosts on all days and at all sessions before coasting to a seven-wicket victory on the fifth day morning.

Zaheer-Kumble bowled out hosts for 198 in their first essay and openers Jaffer and Karthik followed it with a fine 147-run stand and then the fab-four Tendulkar (91), Ganguly (79), Dravid (37) and Laxman (54) propelled India to 481 in the first innings gave their side a solid 283 run lead.

Zaheer-Kumble again proved hard nut to crack for the fighting hosts who made 355 in their second essay, courtesy Vaughan's strokeful 123. India completed the formalities in the first session on final day. India wolud have had 2-0 lead after amassing 664 runs in first knock failed to bowl out the opponants twice in the third and final Test on a batting strip at the Oval. The highlight of the match was Anil Kumble's maiden Test century.

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