England wins first Test against India

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London, (AFP): England beat India by 196 runs to win the first Test at Lord's Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. India, set what would have been a new fourth innings Test record victory total of 458, were dismissed for 261 in what was the 2,000th Test of all-time and 100th between the two countries.

Fast-medium bowler James Anderson led England's attack with five for 65. His haul included the wickets of Suresh Raina, who made 78, and Sachin Tendulkar, out for 12 to be left stranded on 99 international hundreds.

England established a position of early dominance thanks to a first innings total of 474 for eight declared featuring Kevin Pietersen's 202 not out after India fast bowler Zaheer Khan suffered a hamstring strain that kept him off the field for most of the match.

India were bowled out for 286 in reply, Rahul Dravid making 103 not out, with England seamer Stuart Broad taking four wickets for 37 runs.

England collapsed to 62 for five in their second innings before Matt Prior's unbeaten 103 and Broad's 74 not out enabled England captain Andrew Strauss to declare on 269 for six.

The series continues with the second Test at Trent Bridge, starting Friday. England will replace India at the top of the ICC's Test Championship table if they win this four-match series by two Tests.