India made a brilliant start in the first ever Test match between India and England at the Lord’s on Saturday. The attendance, which was 2000 before the start of the match, went up to 10,000 when the Indians entered the field and later swelled up to 20,000.
England won the toss and batted first, but within half an hour, three valuable wickets — Sutcliffe, Holmes and Woolley — had been lost for just 19 runs.
Hammond and Jardine, the English skipper, then made a stand (of 101) for the fourth wicket and both remained unbeaten at lunch, with England’s score at 97 for 3.
England all out for 259
At tea, England were 252 for eight wickets, but shortly on resumption, England were all out in their first innings for 259, Jardine contributing 79 and Ames 65. Nissar took five wickets for 93 runs for India. India had made 30 for no loss at close.
King watches the Test
His Majesty the King was present at the Lord’s when the England-India Test match was continued on Monday. The King watched the play for some time.
Resuming their first innings, India had made 153 for 4 wickets at lunch interval. The century was reached in five minutes over two hours, but the third wicket fell 10 runs later. The Indians were all out for 189, seven of the wickets being claimed as lbw.
England were 141 for 4 at the end of second day’s play.
Indians defeated by 158 runs
England declared their second innings at 275 for the loss of eight wickets. In response, India were all out for 187, with Amar Singh being the highest scorer with 51 runs, followed by Wazir Ali, who contributed 39.
(This is a brief summary of the match report carried by The Hindustan Times on June 26, 28 and 29, 1932)