Thursday 21 July 2011 

Trott Steadies England On Gloomy Opening Day

Trott Steadies England On Gloomy Opening Day
Trott Steadies England On Gloomy Opening Day
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England 127-2 (Trott 58no) v India
First Test, Lord's, day one

England closed a rain-curtailed opening day of the first Test against India on 127 for two at Lord's after an intriguing start to the series.

Openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook both fell to left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan before an unbeaten half-century from Jonathan Trott guided England to a solid position.

He was unbeaten on 58 while alongside him was Kevin Pietersen, who made 22.

With the ball moving around sharply under leaden skies after India won the toss and chose to bat, England could hardly lay bat on ball as Zaheer and Praveen Kumar opened up.

The runs gradually began to flow as Strauss (22) and Cook (12) survived a stern examination of their techniques before Cook was trapped in front and Strauss was caught by Ishant Sharma.

Strauss fell with the score on 62 having put on 43 with Trott, who then went on to hit eight fours in an unbroken 65-run partnership with Pietersen for the third wicket.

Trott faced 104 balls, Pietersen needed 73 deliveries to make his runs as Zaheer finished the day with two for 18 - easily the most impressive of the four bowlers on show.

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