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India wins first Test cricket match

Sunday, July 13, 2014

NOTTINGHAM, England, July 11 AFP - India's seamers maintained the tourists' grip on the first Test against England at Trent Bridge on Friday.

England reached 9-352 in reply to India's first innings 457, a deficit of 105 runs, at stumps on the third day.

After resuming on 1-43 following the loss of struggling skipper Alastair Cook for five on Thursday, England got through Friday's morning session without losing a wicket.

But after lunch as Ishant Sharma, the only member of India's attack to have previously played a Test in England, took three for 29 in seven overs to turn 1-131 into 4-172.

Significantly, the tall paceman gained a measure of reverse swing that had largely eluded England's seamers.

"I've played enough matches to know what length I need to bowl on, if the ball is reversing or swinging normally," said 25-year-old Sharma, now in his 56th Test.

"I've also been using my experience of playing here before."

Fellow seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar followed up with a quartet of wickets on his way to Test-best figures of four for 61 in 25 overs.

"Bhuvi is a tremendous bowler and used the conditions really well," said Sharma.

Kumar's return came a day after Kumar made his highest Test score of 58 during an Indian tenth-wicket record stand against England of 111 with Mohammed Shami (51 not out) that put the visitors on top.

At the close the resolute Root was 78 not out and Anderson unbeaten on 23, with their last-wicket stand so far worth 54 runs.

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