London: Only 49.2 overs were possible on the first day of the 2000th Test, but Zaheer Khan found time enough to strike two big blows for India and one against them. He hobbled off with what looked like a hamstring trouble, after having bowled 13.3 exquisite overs for 18 runs and the wickets of the dangerous England openers. He should have had the big wicket of Jonathan Trott to his credit minutes before he pulled up sore, but England's No. 3 was reprieved behind the wicket for a second time. Those chances shouldn't take much away from how well Trott batted, whipping and cutting gloriously in his unbeaten 58, while all others kept playing and missing.
India made a much better start than they are used to on first days of big series, but they will still feel disappointed with just two wickets after nearly two sessions of bowling under overcast skies with the ball nipping around appreciably on a track freshened up by early showers. Most of the blame would have to be apportioned to their fielding.