India in distress at lunch on Day 5 at Lords

Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 17:42 [IST]
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India in distress at lunch on Day 5

London, July 25: In a poor first session for India on the Lord's Test's final day, the visitors slid from 80/1 to 142/4 by lunch, still trailing England by 316 runs. England pacer, James Anderson took the crucial wickets off Rahul Dravid, for 36, and VVS Laxman for 56, while off-break Graeme Swann dismissed Gautam Gambhir for 22. Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina were at the crease on 7 and 4, respectively.

The day began with Rahul Dravid, not out on 34 and VVS Laxman, unbeaten on 32, resuming India's innings on the overnight score of 80/1. Laxman who hit the first four of the day in the visitors' 29th over looked more at ease than Dravid who was lucky to not be caught by Ian Bell at forward short leg off the bowling of Chris Tremlett in the 31st over. Just two overs later however, Dravid's vigil came to an end when he was caught behind off James Anderson, for 36. India were 94/2.

Then new batsman Gautam Gambhir and Laxman took India past 100/2 in 38 overs. Off-spinner Graeme Swann began bowling with two slips, a short cover and a forward short leg. But Gambhir astutely played him off the back foot. Meanwhile, at the other end, Laxman survived a review for caught behind off Staurt Broad in ther 43rd over. Two overs hence, he struck the same bowler for a four to notch up his half century and take the score 121/2.

But in 48th over, Anderson saw the back of Laxman for 56 when the batsman deposited a sucker short ball straight into the hands of midwicket. There was more bad news for India when in the next over, Swann trapped Gambhir in front for 22 as India slid to 135/4 in 49.2 overs. Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina, who were both new to the crease, tried hard to contend with the mounting pressure. The duo took India into lunch at 142/4.

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