England Leads India by 377 Runs in First Test After Prior Hits Century

India battled to 80-1 at the close of play on day four of the first cricket Test against England at Lord’s in London, still trailing the hosts by 377.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior cracked his sixth Test century to give his team the edge after India had fought back through four wickets from Ishant Sharma.

Prior, 103 not out, and Stuart Broad, 74 not out, came together with England struggling on 107-6 in its second innings and took the total to 269-6 before captain Andrew Strauss declared. India then lost only one wicket before the close.

The match is the 2,000th in the 134 years of elite Test cricket. England can overtake India as the top team in the International Cricket Council rankings if it wins the four-match series by two Tests or more.

England started the day on 5-0 and soon lost its first wicket as Alastair Cook edged Praveen Kumar to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after scoring only one run.

Strauss made 32 before he was trapped leg before wicket by Harbhajan Singh, the start of a collapse that saw three further wickets fall for the addition of eight runs.

Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell both edged Sharma to Dhoni in the same over, then Jonathan Trott was bowled by the paceman soon after. Prior and Morgan, 19 runs, lifted the hosts past 100 before Sharma claimed his fourth wicket.

With England keen to set a declaration, Prior and Broad scored quickly and the innings was concluded immediately after the wicketkeeper struck a boundary to reach his ton -- scored off 120 balls.

India lost Abhinav Mukund early in its reply, before Rahul Dravid, 34 runs, and VVS Laxman, 32 runs, built an unbeaten 61- run partnership.

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