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England 127-2 as Rain Stops Opening Cricket Test Against India

July 21 (Bloomberg) -- England was 127-2 against India on the rain-shortened opening day of their first cricket Test at Lord’s in London.

Play was called about 6:30 p.m. local time after a lengthy rain stoppage allowed for just 49.2 overs. The start of the 2,000th match in the 134 years of elite Test cricket was also delayed by wet grounds this morning.

Jonathan Trott is 58 not out and Kevin Pietersen has scored 22. Zaheer Khan took 2-18 before leaving the field with a leg injury in the 41st over.

India won the toss and elected to field. Khan trapped Alastair Cook leg before wicket for 12 in the morning session and had captain Andrew Strauss caught by Ishant Sharma after lunch to leave England 62-2.

Trott and Pietersen then put up a 65-run stand before bad light led to early tea just before 4 p.m. Heavy rain forced the field to be covered and the umpires did an inspection at 6 p.m., with a view to restarting 30 minutes later, by another shower ended the day.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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