Anderson hails England resolve
James Anderson knew persistence was the key to victory on the final day of the opening npower Test between England and India at Lord’s.
The hosts needed nine wickets today to draw first blood in the four-match series, while the tourists required an unlikely further 378 runs.
The latter was improbable by lunch as India managed only 62 runs in the morning session for the loss of three wickets, two to Anderson.
England only managed one breakthrough in the afternoon session, but that was the crucial wicket of Sachin Tendulkar whom Anderson trapped in front.
They chipped away steadily with the new ball after tea, Anderson having the doughty Suresh Raina caught behind for 78 shortly before Stuart Broad sealed a 196-run win.
Anderson, who picked up his 11th Test five-for, said: “We knew at the start of day it was going to be tough because the pitch was pretty flat but we knew if we probed around off-stump...you never know what happens.
“We got a couple of edges and lbws and it turned out all right in the end. We knew there was something there for us. The second new ball did seem to swing a bit more but they’re handmade so each one is very different to the rest.”
On his dismissal of Tendulkar, the paceman added: “I wouldn’t say I’ve got the upper hand, there are three Tests to go. But we are really happy with the way things are going at the moment.”
Broad, who took three wickets in the second innings, added: “We set a target of five down at tea so we weren’t panicking when we got spells without wickets. We applied the pressure all day and you can see the delight in the lads going 1-0 up in the series.
“We knew we’d bowled well at tea and created chances - we thought we were still in the game - and when we got the chances we took them.”
Raina survived a strong lbw shout from the tall seamer late on, before departing to Anderson, and Broad continued: “There are certainly times I wished the DRS was involved in this series - but we fortunately managed to pick up the 10 wickets. We’re certainly entitled to ask the reason why it was not out...I thought Raina was pretty close.”
Kevin Pietersen, man of the match for his unbeaten 202 in England’s first innings, said: “It’s brilliant for the team but we know it’s only one game out of four. We know it’s going to be tough to keep dominating this great India team.”