Birmingham, August 11: England had the upperhand on Day 1 of the Edgbaston Test by shooting out India for a mediocre score of 224 as English pacemen Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan rattled the visitors' line-up with 4 scalps apiece. In their reply, the hosts put on 84/0 in just under 30 overs. England skipper Andrew Strauss led the way with an unbeaten 52 off 83 balls, while his partner Alastair Cook was not out on 27 at stumps.
Earlier, at tea, Indian captain M S Dhoni had managed to stem some of the gross rotting that the English pace attack had initiated. Almost single-handedly, he took his side past 200/8 in 56 overs. Resuming after the break on a valiant 61, with Ishant Sharma at his side, Dhoni continued to garner whatever bonus runs were on offer. He even knocked a couple of fours off speedster James Anderson and launched Broad for a six.
But his last stand of belligerence was short-lived for in the 62nd, he was caught by Andrew Strauss at slip while trying to hack Broad to the cover-boundary. At 224/9, the end of India's innings came very swiftly with Anderson having Ishant Sharma caught by Alastair Cook at slip, for 4. India were all out for 224 in 62.2 overs.
A brave Strauss and a steady Cook deprived the Indian new-ball pair of Praveen Kumar and Sreesanth of an early breakthrough. After getting his eye in, Strauss smacked Sreesanth for two fours in the 6th over. Two more boundaries followed off Praveen in the 7th and a couple more hits to the fence ensued off Ishant Sharma in the 8th over, all off Strauss' bat. England had comfortably moved onto 32/0.
In the 16th over, Sreesanth came in for some more tap from Strauss, who clobbered him for two more fours as England moved past 50/0. Even leg-spinner Amit Mishra was not spared of Strauss' aggressiveness, getting dispatched to the fence twice when he was introduced in the 20th. The score was now 72/0. The last five overs of the day played out without any incident and the English openers walked off the field at a confident 84/0, trailing India by 140 runs.