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25th July 2011: Lord's Hosts Historical 2000th Test

Cricketnext Staff |July 25, 2019, 12:45 AM IST
25th July 2011: Lord's Hosts Historical 2000th Test

The first test match of India's tour of England in 2011 had a lot to live up to. It was the 2000th Test match played in the history of cricket, 134 years after the first game was played in Melbourne between a touring English team and Australia. Cricket romantics also saw it as providence that the landmark Test was to be played at Lord's, regarded as the Home of Cricket.

But there were sub-plots too. It was Duncan Fletcher's 100th Test as a coach, and the possibility of Sachin Tendulkar getting his 100th international century loomed largely. As far as India were concerned though, the Test got off to an anticlimactic start with England largely untroubled at the end of first day's play after being put in to bat. The score read 127/2 in 49.2 overs after rain kept hampering proceedings, and Zaheer Khan limped off with a hamstring injury in the second last over of the day to make matters worse for India.

Riding on Kevin Pietersen's first century at home in three years, England consolidated their innings on Day 2 and declared on 474/8 with Pietersen unbeaten on 202. India resumed batting on Day 3 after seeing off six overs of the new ball the previous day, but kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were all out on 286 in the last session. Tendulkar was dismissed on 34 by Stuart Broad and apart from Rahul Dravid, who was the last batsman standing on 103 off 220 balls, no Indian batsman crossed the score of 50.

Leading by 193 runs going into the fourth day, England were troubled by Ishant Sharma who ripped through the middle order, dismissing Jonathan Trott (22), Kevin Pietersen (1), Ian Bell (0) and Eoin Morgan (19) to give India some hope. However, the number 7 and 8 pair of Matt Prior and Stuart Broad put up a 162 run partnership, taking England's score from 107-6 to 269-6 before captain Andrew Strauss announced the declaration.

With 458 runs to chase, India started Day 5 on 80/1 with Rahul Dravid (who had opened with Abhinav Mukund) and VVS Laxman on the crease. But India were reduced to 142/4 by lunch with Dravid, Laxman and Gambhir all back in the pavilion. India lost the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar who was dismissed for 12 by James Anderson in the middle session. Play resumed on 218/5 after Tea with MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina on the crease, but India's slender hopes of saving the Test match were dashed as they lost the next 5 wickets for 43 runs, England winning the 2000th Test by 196 runs.

Interestingly, while there was a gap of 107 years between the first and 1000th Test, it took only 27 years for the next 1000 to be played, showing how much the game has grown in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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