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Live Blog: England vs India, Day 1, Edgbaston

(Note to readers: we will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the Edgbaston  Test. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically.)

Scorecard / Action in images

11 pm - England 84 for no loss at stumps on Day 1

Andrew Strauss made his first 50 of the series and with India unable to get a breakthrough, Day 2 is already looking long and painful for the Indian bowlers. This was after the batsman gave up a good chance to put up a decent score on a pitch that looked favourable for batting. Fans are secretly wishing the team would have cited security concerns and made the trip back home to save them from the humiliation of another debacle.

Will Day 2 see a miraculous turnaround or will England firm their grip around the number 1 Test ranking status that is slipping away from India's soapy hands? We'll be back to take you through all the action.

10:45 pm Yahoo! Cricket readers are angry, and we don’t blame them. The Indian team look like they’ve already given up – the shoulders are drooping, the pace is lacking and on day one of a five day game there is no sense of competition.

Here’s what some of the readers have to say:

Adhikk: Sachin Tendulkar should retire or else be kicked out for he has never played for India the country

Laxman: If we lose matches, pay 50% only to the players as a match fees & political persons should not be included in the ICC & BCCI.

Harsh Patel: IPL is the main reason our players are injured and out of form. BCCI needs to ban IPL or lose their top ranking.

10:15 pm The Indian attack is looking toothless so far and today might be the day that Strauss and Cook (the only English batsman that have been struggling) regain their touch.

Fans display beer glasses at Edgbaston

The ground in Edgbaston has seen a good crowd in today despite the violence that Birmingham has seen over the past couple days. The £32m renovation has brought in a new stand and increased capacity to 25,000. Rob Bagchi describes in the Guardian why Edgbaston is a famous arena –

Edgbaston has such a knack for producing a raucous atmosphere and dramatic matches that it is easy to understand why most England players cherish it as their favourite ground.

9:35 pm England opener Alastair Cook has had a terrible series so far (his scores have been 2, 5, 12 & 1) and he will be looking to make amends in Edgbaston. Trivia about the batsman: The first England Test match that Alastair Cook watched at a stadium was his own Test debut vs India in Nagpur - 2006.

9:15 pm India might have made their way to 224 after looking like ending up with a lot less. The total however is nowhere near a good one, with the pitch looking devoid of any demons.

Here’s what the Twitterati has to say –

@SpiceBoxofEarth: I'd still back England to get 400 here. India will need to bowl exceptionally well to keep them below 300.

@gauravsabnis: Dhoni has done what Broad did in the 1st inn at Trent Bridge. Now all he needs to do is pick up a hattrick and we'll win this test.

India first innings - 224 all out

For the fifth innings in a row, India has not been able to cross the 300-run mark. Who is to blame? Is it the BCCI who have scheduled matches in such a way that there is very little time to rest or practice? Or is it the players fault for not having staying power?

Yahoo! Cricket reader Jeni asks whether the Indian team really needs Sachin, considering he is yet to score a 50.

8:15 pm Tea Day 1 - 205/8

India have managed to cross the 200 run mark at Tea on Day one at Edgbaston thanks to their captain MS Dhoni finally finding some form. India lost four more wickets in the post-lunch session where the only redeeming factor was Dhoni's half-century. How far will Ishant and Sreesanth be able to give him company in the middle?

7:45 pm Some Indian players aren’t quite having a dream run in England, but that hasn’t stopped them from being nominated for the ICC awards. Harbhajan Singh now looks like an imposter of his former self but he’s been named as a nominee for Test Player of the Year. Munaf Patel’s name has been pitched in the ODI Player of the Year category and Abhinav Mukund may be up for Emerging Player of the Year. You can see the full list here. Do they deserve to be there? Tell us what you think.

Here’s what some of our readers are saying about the action on Day 1 at Edgbaston:

Bilal Khan: India will be whitewashed 4-0. After that Dhoni will retire.

Vaz: Look like the Indian coach is more interested in seeing his ex-team win the series.


Suresh Raina's stumps do a somersault


7:15 pm India’s hopes of making a comeback into the series increasingly seem akin to Rakhi Sawant's desire to be married to Baba Ramdev –  i.e. highly unlikely.

More reactions on Twitter to the now famous Great Indian Collapse -

@jhunjhunwala: Who cares about being Number 1 in England.We should concentrate only on being Number 1 in India like Bryan Adams

@kunalpradhan: It's time for India to start missing Harbhajan, the batsman.

6:45 pm India’s situation is going from bad to worse. The tumble of wickets has continued after lunch. First Raina’s middle stump was disturbed by a half volley from Anderson. Next up, Laxman fell playing the pull shot once again when a top edge went into the hands of Stuart Broad.

5:30 pm - Lunch Day 1 - India 75/4

Lunch has been taken at Edgbaston with the loss of India’s fourth wicket – and it was a big one. Rahul Dravid done in by a brutal delivery from Tim Bresnan. The  ball was pitched outside off and got late movement that helped it nip in, beat Dravid and clip the top of off stump. The first session has ended with England running away with the honours in the last half hour after India made a comeback post losing Sehwag for a duck.

Here are some reactions coming in on Twitter –

(Couldn’t keep Michael Vaughan quiet for too long) @VaughanCricket: One way traffic again. 4-0 looking a near on certainty at this rate.

(On Dravid’s dismissal) @sidvee: What. A. Ball. Bresnan just channeled his inner Akram

@rameshsrivats: Good toss to lose I believe. Haha. Sniff

5:15 pm India nemesis-in-chief Stuart Broad has done it again. He’s sent back Sachin Tendulkar for just one run. Tendulkar’s 100th hundred is looking more and more distant. Broad got Tendulkar to push hard at a full-length delivery which took an edge straight into the hands of Anderson at third slip.

A Yahoo! reader who calls him/herself 'It is all relative!' has reminded us of an interesting fact - That Virender Sehwag also made a duck in the last match he played for India -  the World Cup final that took place over four months ago. The reader uses a phrase from the scriptures 'vinash kale biprit budhi' to express his anguish over India picking Sehwag over an in-form batsman (Mukund - who scored a century in the tour game vs Northamptonshire)

5 pm Gautam Gambhir has made his way back for 38 against the run of play after getting his stumps knocked over by Tim Bresnan courtesy an inside edge. Gambhir looked good through his innings and would have been hoping for a big score after having successfully negotiated the new ball.

4:45 pm Ganguly’s in the commentary box and is speaking his mind (as he’s made a habit of right through this series). He claims he was really happy to hear about Dravid’s inclusion into the limited overs squad, but disappointed about his decision to retire from the formats post the England tour. That’s not quite echoing sentiments of the rest of the cricketing fraternity and Dravid’s own supporters, who feel it’s just another example of him being mistreated by the selectors. Do you agree with Ganguly?

4:15 pm Sehwag may be gone but all is not lost yet –

Sports Illustrated’s @KadambariM points out on Twitter that out of the other five times Viru has made a first innings duck, India have won twice, lost twice and drawn once.

And Yahoo!’s very own @prempanicker thinks India are going to make England pay on this pitch. His tweet -  Here's a prediction: England is about to rue bowling first. And MS is about to thank his favorite god he lost the toss.

Virender Sehwag

4 pm The cricket community has taken to Twitter to discuss Sehwag's 'blinked-and-you-missed it' stay at the crease -

@cricketaakash Just tuned in to see Rahul batting in the second over...thought it was the repeat of Trent Bridge Test. Then saw the scorecard :(

@SANJAYMANJREKAR Broad's dream series continues...gets Sehwag first ball..victory for DRS too.

3:45 pm - In a major anti-climax Sehwag returned to the pavillion with a first-ball duck after a short ball from Stuart Broad kissed his gloves on the way to the keeper. The first three overs have been full of action - a wicket, appeals against all the batsman and four boundaries from Gambhir.

3:30 pm - The man who has India's hope resting on his newly stitched together shoulders - Virender Sehwag, has walked out to the middle with his partner Gautam Gambhir.

Of the past 10 Test matches played at Edgbaston, England have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 3.

3 pm - England have won the toss and elected to bowl. Dhoni said he would have done the same. Good toss to lose? Some changes in both the sides -

England: Ravi Bopara comes in for the injured Jonathan Trott.

India: Virender Sehwag comes back into the side after his shoulder surgery in place of Abhinav Mukund, Gautam Gambhir also returns and Amit Mishra gets a look in after Harbhajan returned home

Birmingham - Once upon a time, the centre of the industrial revolution - now witness to ugly scenes of looting, violence and even murder. The riots that began in London spread to the West Midlands county, and even prompted the England-Netherlands football friendly to be called off. The cricket however will go on as planned and India will be hoping the only ones that run riot at Edgbaston in Birmingham are their batsman.

(Here’s a look at some of the destruction)

Most experts feel that India batting first will give them their only realistic chance of winning this Test. Indian skipper MS Dhoni indicated in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday that may go in with four quicks. But in the end they've chosen Mishra.

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