Looking back: India Vs England 2011 Test series

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As India and England get ready to play a five-Test series from July 9, MS Dhoni and his men will be aware of what happened last time when they were in England in 2011.

When these two teams met in July-August, 2011, India were whitewashed 0-4 and England became the number one Test team in the world.

Looking back: India-England 2011 series

It was expected to be a close contest over four Tests but in the end it turned out to be a one-sided affair.

Here is how the four Tests unfolded in 2011 (Results)

1st Test - July 21 to 25, Lord's

England won by 196 runs

It was the worst possible start for India as their experienced speedster Zaheer Khan could bowl only 13.3 overs and went off the ground with a hamstring problem on the opening day. In that short spell he had taken two wickets. That was the end of his tour and India suffered.

The first Test at Lord's was the 2000th in the history of Test cricket and 100th between India and England. The match had high expectations from Sachin Tendulkar, who was one short of 100 international centuries.

All those hopes were extinguished and it was Kevin Pietersen who shone at Lord's with a magnificent 202 not out in the first innings. Rahul Dravid was the lone bright spot for India with an unbeaten 103 in the first innings.

India, chasing 458 to win, crashed to 261 all out on the fifth day with paceman James Anderson taking five wickets.

2nd Test - July 29 to August 1, Trent Bridge

England won by 319 runs

After losing the first Test, many hoped India would bounce back in Trent Bridge. Those believers were rejoicing after the first day's play as the bowlers shot out England for 219. It could have been even better when the hosts were 124/8 but Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann had other plans.

In reply, Dravid was again the batting star with his second century in as many matches but the rest failed. India folded for 288, a lead of 67.

England turned it around in the second essay after Ian Bell's controversial run out and recall. The batsman went on to score 159 and the hosts made 544, setting a target of 478 for India.

Indian batsmen were blown away for just 158 with Tim Bresnan taking five wickets. India lost the Test and were down 0-2 in the series.

Bell's run out was the talking point on the third day. On the last ball before tea, Bell was run out. The batsman thought the ball was dead but Indians ran him out. However, captain MS Dhoni withdrew the appeal during the break and Bell was back at the crease with the crowd booing and calling him a "cheat".

3rd Test - August 10 to 13, Edgbaston

England won by an innings and 242 runs

It went from bad to worse for India. After heavy defeats in the first two, the trend continued and this time they were hammered by an innings and 242 runs margin. With this they lost the series and the Pataudi Trophy.

The thumping success at Edgbaston put Alastair Cook's men on top of the ICC Test Rankings. It ended India's run as the number one side.

Cook was the individual winner in this match with a majestic 294. England piled on 710/7 declared. In both innings, entire Indian team's total could not match Cook's number - all out for 224 and 244.

4th Test - August 18 to 22, The Oval

England won by an innings and 8 runs

There was no stopping England as they marched towards a clean sweep. Bell hit 235 and Pietersen made 175. Dravid was the only batsman who saved more humiliation for the team with yet another century, his third of the series.

The wait for Tendulkar's 100th international ton was extended as he came agonisingly close but fell for 91.

This happened to be the last time that the England fans saw the 'Big Three' of Indian batting together - Tendulkar, Dravid and VVS Laxman.

In 8 innings of the series, India managed to touch 300 only once (in the final Test).

It was a disastrous tour as India failed to win a single international match. They lost the lone Twenty20 International and also the ODI series.

Pietersen was the top scoret in the series with 533 runs and for India, it was Dravid with 461.

Broad took the bowling honours with 25 wickets. India's best was Praveen Kumar with 15.


Story first published:  Monday, July 7, 2014, 12:15 [IST]
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