England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 1st day July 29, 2011

Broad reduces India's advantage

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India 24 for 1 trail England 221 (Broad 64, Praveen 3-45, Ishant 3-66, Sreesanth 3-77) by 197 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the first two sessions of an overcast day in Nottingham, India's fast bowlers dominated England's batsmen with swing and seam movement to have them on 124 for 8. The end of England's innings, however, came later than India wanted it to. Stuart Broad led a stirring counterattack after tea, and confronted by his aggression, India went to pieces. Their bowlers lost their successful lines and lengths, MS Dhoni deployed defensive fields, and the lethargic fielders were exploited. Broad and Graeme Swann had a 73-run partnership for the ninth wicket at 6.25 per over, which propped England up to 221.

The injection of adrenaline Broad had given England was continued by James Anderson, who struck with the first delivery of the Indian innings. Abhinav Mukund, having seen the ball jag around for nearly 69 overs, played a push-drive to one that swung away and watched Kevin Pietersen catch the outside edge at gully. It was left to Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, opening and batting at No. 3 because of Gautam Gambhir's absence, to show how it's done. They played late and with soft hands. Their bats were beaten and their bodies hit. They survived appeals and a review but, with a little luck, ensured India's advantage was not entirely lost. Broad bowled a menacing spell - 7-3-5-0 - but India ended the day with nine wickets intact, trailing by 197 runs.

On the day, India did not suffer from Zaheer Khan's unavailability as much as many thought they would. Zaheer's replacement, Sreesanth, bowled spells of perfectly pitched outswing, and he forged a formidable alliance with Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma, reducing England from 73 for 2 to 124 for 8.

England had been satisfactorily placed at lunch after MS Dhoni put them in. They had lost their marathon men - Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott - early but Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen, batting together in a Test for the first time since Perth in December, survived a testing second hour. Cook was lbw to Ishant an over after he survived a close shout against Praveen. Replays of the not-out decision indicated the ball would have hit the stumps, though a fraction of it pitched outside leg, while those of the out decision indicated it would have bounced over.

There was more lbw drama. Praveen hit Pietersen below the knee roll and appealed vociferously. Despite Pietersen's giant stride forward, replays indicated the bails would have fallen. Praveen argued with umpire Marais Erasmus and had to be ushered away by Harbhajan Singh.

It was between Cook's dismissal and the Pietersen appeal that Sreesanth made his entrance. Sreesanth doesn't enjoy bowling to left-handers - Strauss clipped his first ball for four - as much as he does to right-handers, and as soon as he had Jonathan Trott on strike, he found the edge to slip with an outswinger. England were 23 for 2 and Strauss and Pietersen performed a steadying act until lunch.

They couldn't continue after lunch, though. In the first over after the break, Sreesanth shortened his length to counter Pietersen's forward stride. Pietersen poked before trying to pull the bat away from the seaming ball and Raina, standing close at third slip, took the catch. Sreesanth's spell after lunch was 7-1-14-2.

While all the wickets so far had fallen to testing deliveries, Strauss went to one he should have left from Praveen. He drove away from his body and was caught at third slip for 32. Strauss's departure exposed England's weakest link, Eoin Morgan, who failed once again by falling lbw to Praveen for a duck. And when Matt Prior, India's tormentor at Lord's, edged the perfect outswinger to be caught at slip for 1, England were 88 for 6.

Ian Bell and Tim Bresnan, who replaced the injured Chris Tremlett, put on 29 for the seventh wicket. Dravid dropped Bell on 22 but he eventually went for 31, under-edging a cut off Ishant to Dhoni, after Bresnan had fallen for 11.

Resuming on 124 for 8 after tea, India's bowlers inexplicably abandoned the plans they used to dismiss England's top order. Instead of pitching full and seaming it away, they bowled a shorter length with wider lines, giving Broad and Swann space to play shots. Broad swung hard and connected cleanly. Some shots fell tantalisingly over fielders' heads. Others landed short. Swann too used a fearless approach to ambush India.

Abhinav had the opportunity to catch Swann at mid-off but he was slow in moving forward, perhaps because he was wearing shin pads in the outfield. The Indians scattered, leaving vast expanses unmanned, allowing runs if the ball touched bat or body. Suddenly, the old men were exposed. There was a single taken just wide of slip because Laxman was moving like a snail. It was an astounding turnaround.

The 50 partnership came in seven overs and the resistance had reached 73 in the 12th over when Praveen got a length ball to kick sharply at Swann, who gloved it to gully and was later taken for an x-ray. There was only angry relief in the Indian camp. Their outstanding work in two sessions had unraveled spectacularly in an hour.

Broad steered England past 200 and reached his half-century off 56 balls. He was eventually caught on the deep midwicket boundary but his 64 had given England a fighting total in difficult batting conditions.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Will Gambhir be available for third test?

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    @harshavardan reddy - why do u want ishant out he is bowling so well either praveen or sreeshant would have to make way for zak and ya if india win this then a full strenght india team at edbatson with return from injury players getiinh a game at northampton viru gauti dravid sachin laxman yuvi dhoni h singh /a mishra (prefer bhajji but he is not performing) zak praveen /sreeshant ishant then lets see wat eng does but hope viru is back

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    I think Haribhajan singh needs to be rested for the next two forthcoming tests

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Credit where credit is due, Dravid and Laxman have batted very well this morning, but cannot help thinking if Eng get a breakthru there might be a collapse..the ball is still talking, ni¡ot like yesterday but enough to cause problems if they get it in the right areas.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    What has happened two times in the series already ? The " already anointed as top test team " -- England, lost top order and middle order without putting 65-70 runs on the board...Way to Go England !! You are such a bad example for a top test team ! :D

  • POSTED BY prasanna1118 on | July 30, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Guys i was thinking even without zak india got eng for just 221, Think of eng score if zak has played .. Eng wud ve all out for 120- 140 .. even less ... We know atlast england former and current players say they were done in by the conditions and like that stuffs of excuses but they never accept india bowled well and again they wont accept England played poor ... What was England doing man ?? They play day in day out in these conditions but fallen apart to injury hit indian attack .. ?? India never bat poor on square turners and we proved that against this Eng team in chennai in 2008 .. Anyways if India doesnt deserve No1 ranking ,then for sure Eng are far off from no-1 !!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 30, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    @kevinpp24 & A_Vacant_Slip By the end of the day my friends, you will see who destroys who. Get ready to blame the sunshine for India batting so well. I am sure most Poms here on cricinfo will quote that as an excuse when India end the day with a strong grip on the match!

  • POSTED BY Jay_N on | July 30, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    I am sick tired of reading so many "imagines" and "would have's" in these comments. Just imagine how realistic the comments would have been, if people could understand that would have's have no place in reality.

  • POSTED BY nnvv on | July 30, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I think the ind-eng cricketing relations have seen the worst verbal outbursts among its fans in recent days. I blame Ian Botham for starting this nonsense. He had too many things to say even before the series started. Right from calling the ranking system flawed to making biased statements against the world-cup winning team. Bottom-line is that India has been #1 in tests for 2 years and they have successfully defended their title against the SA in SA. They need no certificate for any commentator, least from Ian. If england clinch the title from India in this series, so be it. Even SA clinched the title from aus but it proved to be short-lived. Indian commentators, however biased, refrains from making derogatory statements about the opposition. I haven't heard shashtri or gavaskar make comments about pietersen being overhyped...

  • POSTED BY CricHacker on | July 30, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Now WHO IS TRYING TO BLAME IT ON TOSS! lol....

    Posted by kevinpp24 on (July 30 2011, 07:53 AM GMT) Dhoni must be lucky to win the "TOSS". When nothing goes well Indians blame on everything including TOSS. I was just wondering what would have happened had England won the toss, would have destroyed Indians.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    Will Gambhir be available for third test?

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    @harshavardan reddy - why do u want ishant out he is bowling so well either praveen or sreeshant would have to make way for zak and ya if india win this then a full strenght india team at edbatson with return from injury players getiinh a game at northampton viru gauti dravid sachin laxman yuvi dhoni h singh /a mishra (prefer bhajji but he is not performing) zak praveen /sreeshant ishant then lets see wat eng does but hope viru is back

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    I think Haribhajan singh needs to be rested for the next two forthcoming tests

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Credit where credit is due, Dravid and Laxman have batted very well this morning, but cannot help thinking if Eng get a breakthru there might be a collapse..the ball is still talking, ni¡ot like yesterday but enough to cause problems if they get it in the right areas.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    What has happened two times in the series already ? The " already anointed as top test team " -- England, lost top order and middle order without putting 65-70 runs on the board...Way to Go England !! You are such a bad example for a top test team ! :D

  • POSTED BY prasanna1118 on | July 30, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Guys i was thinking even without zak india got eng for just 221, Think of eng score if zak has played .. Eng wud ve all out for 120- 140 .. even less ... We know atlast england former and current players say they were done in by the conditions and like that stuffs of excuses but they never accept india bowled well and again they wont accept England played poor ... What was England doing man ?? They play day in day out in these conditions but fallen apart to injury hit indian attack .. ?? India never bat poor on square turners and we proved that against this Eng team in chennai in 2008 .. Anyways if India doesnt deserve No1 ranking ,then for sure Eng are far off from no-1 !!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 30, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    @kevinpp24 & A_Vacant_Slip By the end of the day my friends, you will see who destroys who. Get ready to blame the sunshine for India batting so well. I am sure most Poms here on cricinfo will quote that as an excuse when India end the day with a strong grip on the match!

  • POSTED BY Jay_N on | July 30, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    I am sick tired of reading so many "imagines" and "would have's" in these comments. Just imagine how realistic the comments would have been, if people could understand that would have's have no place in reality.

  • POSTED BY nnvv on | July 30, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    I think the ind-eng cricketing relations have seen the worst verbal outbursts among its fans in recent days. I blame Ian Botham for starting this nonsense. He had too many things to say even before the series started. Right from calling the ranking system flawed to making biased statements against the world-cup winning team. Bottom-line is that India has been #1 in tests for 2 years and they have successfully defended their title against the SA in SA. They need no certificate for any commentator, least from Ian. If england clinch the title from India in this series, so be it. Even SA clinched the title from aus but it proved to be short-lived. Indian commentators, however biased, refrains from making derogatory statements about the opposition. I haven't heard shashtri or gavaskar make comments about pietersen being overhyped...

  • POSTED BY CricHacker on | July 30, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Now WHO IS TRYING TO BLAME IT ON TOSS! lol....

    Posted by kevinpp24 on (July 30 2011, 07:53 AM GMT) Dhoni must be lucky to win the "TOSS". When nothing goes well Indians blame on everything including TOSS. I was just wondering what would have happened had England won the toss, would have destroyed Indians.

  • POSTED BY prasanna1118 on | July 30, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Guys i was thinking even without zak india got eng for just 221, Think of eng score if zak has played .. Eng wud ve all out for 120- 140 .. even less ... We know atlast england former and current players say they were done in by the conditions and like that stuffs of excuses but they never accept india bowled well and again they wont accept England played poor ... What was England doing man ?? They play day in day out in these conditions but fallen apart to injury hit indian attack .. ?? India never bat poor on square turners and we proved that against this Eng team in chennai in 2008 .. Anyways if India doesnt deserve No1 ranking ,then for sure Eng are far off from no-1 !!

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | July 30, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    '''England's 221 is their third-lowest total in the first innings at Trent Bridge since 1990. Of the 11 times they have batted first, they have scored less than 300 only thrice.''''...this is clearly written in this article but still some hawks r undermining indian bowling and mocking the attack as toothless and calling english total of 221 s very good..hypocracy at his best

  • POSTED BY rahulcricindia on | July 30, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    i heard and read too that many english commentators were saying that they play praveen types of bowlers day in day out ...well yesterday they were having absolutely no answers to his inswingers and outswingers ...he has taken 9 wickets in three innings so far..goes to show how worse the english batsman are against the good old swing bowling with gentle pace... and how they have underestimated a very good accurate bowler....yesterday their batsman were struggling big time in their home conditions...

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 30, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    It all depends on the fact that if English bowlers will be able to display similar performance as thier indian counterparts did yesterday. While on one hand indian bowlers had a lot to prove before the start of this match, english might get complacent on the back of last test demolishing of india that comprises of several veterans who have brought india to whatever is this number one spot. It is again on these old war horses to display some trot yet again. Nothing to take away from the younger lot in the indian camp as they can all chip in. We might also see today very very slow laxman and rahul draw-vid(for his match saving skills). Sachin missed it at Lords so he will give another shot to that 100th hundred but it should not be the only objective in this seriies. If he fails again then I will name him some runs tendulkar(SRT) please. Difference in the bowling lineups still comes from Lords while this second test pitch is good for any seamer who is playing test cricket.

  • POSTED BY tjsimonsen on | July 30, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    @rama563@ Why are you hammering Harbhajan after the first day of a Nottingham test? I mean, look at you question "what has he done in this match?" Perhaps you should ask that question AFTER the match, and not after ONE day. Do you seriously expect a spinner to take a 5-for on a first day pitch at Trent Bridge in overcast conditions? You might as well demand that Tendulkar was dropped for not scoring a run-a-ball 250 at lords. It may well be that Harbhajan isn't good enough at the moment, but complaining like that after 1 day in seamer's heaven is redicoulus. @Land47: I don't think that it is honors even. If England had taken one more wicket, or if the weather forecast for today was less sunny, then yes. But at the moment it's marginal advandage India. India are definitly in a position to win this game, but not necessarily easy. First they have to survive. And even if India post a good 1st innngs score, England showed what they can do with their backs to the wall last year in Brisbane.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    I think the battle between india and england is more than the ashes interms of pride.They both were evenly matched and the contest is more interesting.They both having good batsmen in fine form and bowlers in great discipline. Having said that the test match is all about testing the patience and character of a cricketer.So as the series goes on we will notice why they should be called as best test sides inthe world cricket today.hope it'll be a treat to watch.

  • POSTED BY SRT_thebest on | July 30, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    @A_Vacant_Slip Defenitly indian bowling is not as good as their english counterparts but you forgot a small thing that even though the indian batting flopped in first match it is as you put it,They are "Significantly" better than English Batsmen Or rather One should say south african, with so many of them in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    you english guys still think u are the best.... ok wait u do all the talking... let us see at the end of the match.......

  • POSTED BY jagsrah on | July 30, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    The problem is that everybody is expecting the same air of supremacy which was displayed by the West Indies and Austraian team when they were at the top. Let's face it that it will be very difficult for any team to attain it in near future. As far as the views of commentators is concerned they are justified in their opinion. Just looking at the performance of our Indian batting line up in the 2nd innings especially the greats like Sachin will create doubt on our superioritty as the No 1 team. And lets not forget the teams logic for not chasing the target in West Indies in the last test.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 8:09 GMT

    I think india have to be aggressive while batting.It is evident when broad and swann are batting freely with no respect to the lethal swing of indian bowlers. Suddenly the whole scenario changed and the bowlers length and control of the game shattered.This is what indian batsmen have to do against englishmen.You have to dictate the terms by attacking and there by disturbing their line and length.Go India.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Great Advertisement foe Test Cricket.... this series will definately revive the fortunes of Test Cricket and as a true cricket fan I am enjoying each and every moment of this series.... ICC should look into the fact that whenever two good teams will battle on Test ground you will see stands full and not when Zimbabwe or Bangladesh playing against Australia, England or India.... Format of Test cricket should be taken seriously

  • POSTED BY kevinpp24 on | July 30, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Playing spin and swing is different. You can see the hand and find-out if its offie or doosra or leggie or googly. But its hard to see whether its in-swing or out-swing by watching wrist. Thats the reason teams come to England and take advantage of the conditions whereas in India, SL only home teams take advantage. Anyway winning in alien conditions gives teams more satisfaction. I hope England dont allow India the advantage.

  • POSTED BY gaurav_adi on | July 30, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    It has been an exciting series so far. The talk of No. 1 rankings has surely added to the hype and excitement but too much importance should not be given to it. I think the bottom line is that no one can sit pretty on their No. 1 rankings. A Eng first innings score of 150-180 would have made chances of an Indian win very high, but 221 is a score which can prove to be just sufficient for Eng. I am an Indian fan and want India to win. But they will have to play good, consistent cricket throughout the test match to emerge victorious against this spirited Eng side. They did it pretty well in the first two sessions but then let Eng off the hook in the third session. In a way it just shows that both the sides are extremely competitive and will not yield an inch and will keep on looking for oppurtunities/breakthoughs. This makes for some exciting cricket viewing. For the sake of keeping this fantastic series alive also, I wish India to win this test. It won't be a draw for sure - 2-0 or 1-1.

  • POSTED BY kevinpp24 on | July 30, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    Dhoni must be lucky to win the "TOSS". When nothing goes well Indians blame on everything including TOSS. I was just wondering what would have happened had England won the toss, would have destroyed Indians.

  • POSTED BY A_Vacant_Slip on | July 30, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    A lot of indians may think they have England where they want them. But this is not the case. If the conditions are the same this morning as they were yesterday - India are dead and buried. India could not pass 300 in either Innings at Lords on a flat track in perfect sunshine. I don't know why they would expect to do any better on this interesting Trent Bridge pitch in overcast swinging conditions. Indian bowlers are no better than Sri Lankan bowlers. England bowlers are significantly better than indian/Sri Lankan. Nevertheless - disappointing batting from England just means that their eventually margin of victory in this Test will be less than it otherwise would be.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | July 30, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    The Problem with a lower score is The bowlers will also be under pressure to bowl out India cheaply and If a good partnership develops Strauss will also be under pressure to save runs .Which was not the case in Lords.But good match till now and I feel lots of swinging of momentum between sessions

  • POSTED BY Andy_Cricket on | July 30, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Is it just me or everyone noticed that people are just not ready to accept that India can be the Test # 1 for long time? Listen to the commentators,especially British i.e. Nasser Hussain, Boycott and of course Tony G on Twitter.They are hell bend on telling everyone that India does not deserve this position even though we beat them in their home last time. Aren't commentators supposed to be unbiased? Agreed that Gavaskar and Shastri probably don't fit the bill but they do criticize Indian side equally when the time comes. On the other hand, the Brit fellows just don't see any thing wrong with their own players and think that every success that Indian players are getting is only a fluke. Tony G says that he could foresee a collapse in India's batting today..what happen to Brit players in 1st innings. Another matter, PK was penalized for confronting umpire but Broad was let go when he did the same to Billy. It seems that Indian players are always at receiving end. Is that true?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    I have a feeling that entry to tests should be from One days. First class performance is not just good enough. A lot of Players not doing well at first class have performed well at International level. The prime example is M.S. Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY amitava1976 on | July 30, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    I know Harbhajan is a key bowler in this side, he can bat, giving a certain balance to the team.. But way this english lower orders r batting.. it can be a good idea to give Bhajji a break and Amit Mishra a chance.. English never feels comfortable against the leg spin.. Particularly, Prior, Broad, Swann, or even Bell can find Mishra bit tricky..He has done well against the Caribbeans, so...

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | July 30, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Harsha Bhogle calling Broady 'Just a slogger' shows how biased the indians are. thankfuly Ganguly did correct him immediately. Broad should have been man of the match at Lords and has played a potentially match winning innings here. and Broad would not have gifted turbanator his wicket like that had he been sent ahead of Bresnan and had a bit of more time.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Why can't you guys who insist on arguing stop this childness and see the tradition that lies beyond? You have to realise that this is test cricket at it's finest, a great start, a fighting comeback, a determined and gritty performance by 2 and 3 after an early wicket, this is what test cricket is! Just remember, (and as a NZer i am unbiased towards a team in this series) India are obviously number 1 for a reason, luck and depleted opposition will only take you so far up the test rankings. Also, India can't hide behind their no.1 tag and excuses about injuries and such, because they don't need to! Look at the way they ran through a top-class batting side today. Not taking anything away from Broad, it was an incredible innings and possibly a match saving one, but India can't get complacent. England have Anderson, Swann, Broad, and Bresnan, all (except maybe Bresnan) in red-hot form. I think that this first day has setup another exciting and enthralling test match.

  • POSTED BY Sameer_cricfan on | July 30, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    Eng top order struggling to make any substantial runs against the "undercooked" attack.... And SIR IAN BOTHAM called them the "team without a weak link" and "kings of the cricket"..... Needless to say I am eagerly waiting his next blog....

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | July 30, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Great day for both sides, but advantage India. If the conditions today are anything like yesterday, India are in for a long day. Even Dravid and Laxman BARELY managed to get through the last session and after them is only tendulkar, raina, yuvraj, and dhoni... biggest disappointment of the day had to be praveen kumar in terms of behavior. LBW Decision turned down (which could of went both ways -> only clipping top of off stump) and he started arguing. Arguing is not even the word: he looked like he was gonna throw a punch out at the umpire. And when Erasmus put an arm around Kumar's shoulder to lessen the tension, Kumar turned around and started off with his mouth and had to be PULLED away by Harbhajan and Raina, the whole time still yelling at the umpire Should be considered lucky to get away with only 20% of match fee

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    I feel that sreesanth could have more scalps under his belt if he was in the team when dada was the skipper.It is observed that dhoni was skeptical about the temperament and ability of sreesanth at times. I definitely say that sreesanth is the best outswing bowler in the test arena at present.I believe that if he plays more test matches he will produce good results for india on fast tracks provided his temperament is being under control. As for as anderson's swing is concerned indias hopes of scoring 400+ runs are tested.Now the onus is on the shoulders of our BIG 3(dravid,laxaman and sachin) .If they negotiate the seam n swing of jimmy and broad especially it could be easier for others to play their natural game. All the best india.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 6:53 GMT

    @ Hasan Cheema......No wonder you'r finding refuge in supporting England, when you come from a country full of cricketing jokers!!

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | July 30, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    As much as any other touring team struggle in england condition ,England team itself can't play swinging balls that too in their home conditions.It's quite funny when they make fun of other teams like srilanka and India,but they themselves struggle in this pitches.

  • POSTED BY ubl2729 on | July 30, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    what time to take rivenge

  • POSTED BY furkhanhaq on | July 30, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    The best way to bat on this swinging wicket is to play your natural game and not be over defensive. the first hour is crucial and dravid and laxman must see it thru. the others like Sachin/Yuvraj/Dohni/ raina must pitch in with good knocks and India must look for a lead of atleast 100 runs to be in control of this match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    The Indians selectors have such a hard job, they see batsman average 50-60 in first class cricket and then rightly select them for test matches, but then they fail miserably, pujara, badri, mukund, jaffer, vijay. Then Raina who scores less heavily in domestic circuit is picked and scores more runs then those above mentioned players. If one cannot select a batsman based on 1st class run scoring then how can u make the best selection? I rate Srikkanth very highly and the indians selectors are very good, the best team nearly always walks on the park. There is always going to be 1 or 2 bad selections occasionally, but the thing is they have the top 5 set in stone ghambir, sehwag, dravid, tendulkar and laxman but they cant find a great number 6, this is the selection issue, who is the 6th best test batsman in india?? or is 6 a spot for an allrounder?? India cud use a batting allrounder at 6, abhishek nayar is someone who could fill that role well.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    The last hour of play where laxman & Dravid were battling for survival with ball doing all sorts of things, and English bowlers trying to push the indian batsman at the backfoot,believe me it was test cricket at its best!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • POSTED BY MAAMBA on | July 30, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    noo need for har bhajan inthis team..better play munaf in his place..he was hiding behind Kumble for long time..When Kumble left , the true harbhajan exposed...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    suppose india won this..........(suppose)......series 1-1.........next match sehwag,gambhir,zaheer,mishra.........will enter for mukund,bajji,ishant,yuv/raina...........then wt about eng...........????? they ill lose..............

  • POSTED BY aroop77 on | July 30, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    @ ricardowill...well then the same criteria should apply to all the teams....E.G..if england claim that they are no 1, then they must beat india in india, s.l in s.l, s.a in s.a..same applies for s.a and india....to b frank, i dont think any team can now dominate as australia and west indies did in their prime. if eng wins this series and becomes no 1, and the next time when thew tour india or s.l or s.a and lose there, questions will b raise of they being the true no 1....i think that ind, eng and s.a will exchange the no 1 position frequently in the next 3 to 4 years and this is actually goiod for cricket

  • POSTED BY pratit on | July 30, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    it is not just a question of survival but of scoring runs.indian batsmen should put away anything loose.swann and broad has shown that the only way to bat on these pitches is by being positive.so it is important that india does not get into a defensive shell.in a low scoring match even a partnership of 40 runs can put pressure on the opposition captain.

  • POSTED BY Jay_N on | July 30, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    @Steve Spragg Declare at 180 huh! at the same venue in 2007 eng was bowled out fow 198 & ind almost scored 500 probably ur straussy is a bit more well actually a lot more practical and sensible than u.

  • POSTED BY Joby_George on | July 30, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Dravid , Laxman & how long their partnership will last; that will be india's chances in this test. Don't expect anything from others. I was wondering by the way Dhoni batted in the first test. His Technic's looks like a tail ender . Stop over defensive when you are naturally aggressive. Matt prior and stuart Board -bith of them scored when they player aggressively. Dravid is India's back bone..we will see that can he do for us. All the best Team india

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    I think match is pretty much balance now, both team did great. England did great job to put total score of 221 after initial shock. India did good too after loosing early first wicket. we will know more tomorrow, expecting great match!! and Always expecting great from Indian batting line up...lets see how it goes!

  • POSTED BY InderGuraya on | July 30, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    I think India miss a trick here either Indian batsman did not play a strokes or sometimes they play too many strokes..If India wants to win the matches in England they have to play positive cricket. like dhoni does not have a technique to stay long on the wicket on English conditions it does not make a sense if dhoni played 70 balls and make 20 runs its batter for him if he take a calculated risks and try to make 40 runs out of those 70 balls

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    I think selection of mukund in place of sehwag is unfortunate. . .no one can replace sehwag. . .mukund did'nt played a single test against engaland in england. . .we have lot of options like dinesh karthik,jaffer etc. . .i don't know how the selection commite select inexperienced players against the big test playing countries. . .anyway we have to keep wickets in 2nd day 400+ is a good total for india. . .then we'll give pressure for england by taking early wickets. . .

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    DSL (Dravid, Sachin & Laxman) are the key...the other batsmen of india also played.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Santhakumaran sreee shant did well and I.sharma,P.kumar also did well in their bowling performance..

  • POSTED BY NageshBhargavaLucknowi on | July 30, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    no problems india is going to win this test centuries by Dravid,laxman.tendulkar ,yuvraj on the cards

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | July 30, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    i was really disappointed by the way mukund gets out . in the england innings every one saw that the ball is swinging so much in the air .the conditions were very very tough for batting . even a classical player like trott was caught when he drives the ball . what was the need for mukund to play shot on the first ball of the innings . was he trying to open the innings in a sehwag style ? really young indian players have no patience .

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | July 30, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    @min2000. sehwag is 32 years old now . he can play atleast 3 or 4 years ( or i can say upto 2015 wc ).

  • POSTED BY rama563 on | July 30, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    What harbhajan did in this match!!! he is professional spinner,need to take wickets or atleast contain runs on any type of wicket.When the pitch is turning anyone can take wickets!!!! yuvi and sehwag are better than bhajji on turning tracks!!!! Bhajji where is the doosra!!! That wat brought you here!!!Be careful of Ashwin already half of ur fans moved towards him!! Because he give more flight than u he has more varieties than u he wants to take ur place in team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY rama563 on | July 30, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    why the indian bowlers are changing lines & dhoni going defensive!!!!!!!!!!! ball is doing enough when it z pitching up! so attack them by pitching it up!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    @ephemeral5035 ................well said......

  • POSTED BY gitapat on | July 30, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Well done Indian seamers.The truth is that our pace bowling has in the recent past done better than expected on overseas tours.Even in the fist Test at Lords Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma bowled their guts out.And Dhoni definitely erred in not bowling Ishant in the England second-innings after lunch-a 5 over spell could have made all the difference.Sreeshanth has always been a good Test bowler.If there has been reluctance to include him in the final XI it has been Dhoni's inability to control him. It was nice to see Tendulkar doing this from mid-on.And it is now up to Dhoni and Harbhajan to justify their inclusion by batting well in the Indian first innings at Trent Bridge.

  • POSTED BY vertical on | July 30, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    i've got sick of these no.1 comments.Just stop it both indian and non-indian fans.Just enjoy the match and series.There is so much fuss about the number one ranking which clearly shows all top teams are good enough.India did not win the series in SA .It can also be put this way that SA drew at home so clearly they also do not deserve to be number 1.Similarly SA beat england away in 2008 and then england drew in SA in 09.Somehow people have got this idea that the number 1 team should beat all teams away and home that is not how the point systems work.You also have to realise that the australian team of the preceding decade was one of the best teams of all time.That said it does not mean every team that claims the number 1 ranking has to be like australia otherwise it does not deserve the ranking.Points are updated after very series and who ever is performing well for a year or two claims the ranking.Before India South africa were number 1 for 4 months and then lost it.

  • POSTED BY Min2000 on | July 30, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sehwag and Tendulkar must be fairly close to retirement.Whats going to happen when they hang up their boots? Can you rely on players like Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj and Raina to win tests with their batting?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Indian played well and have the advantage, but great tail end inning from Broad he's becoming a real allrounder, will be really interesting to see what score India get. England need to bowl really well to restrict them to a small lead. Game on!

  • POSTED BY deegowd on | July 30, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    ... and the last piece:

    10. Praveen vs. Tremlett Comparison: Tremlett has better speed and can extract more bounce than any other bowler from either side, while Praveen's swing and accuracy are not as harmless as seen on TV. Verdict: Advantage England/ Even 11. Broad vs. Ishant Comparison: Prodigal seamers who had lost their way and back in the reckoning. Broad's batting ability alone gets him more points, while even their bowling is almost even. Verdict: Advantage England.

    Captaincy: Strauss' shrewdness vs. Dhoni's street-smartness. Strauss has a slight advantage here, because of his understanding of the pitches and the steadiness in his team, with almost no fitness worries.

  • POSTED BY deegowd on | July 30, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    ... contd:

    6. Raina vs. Morgan Comparison: Both very talented youngsters, who are trying to cement their places in the test side while being an integral part of limited-overs sides. For experience, form and bowling ability, Raina gets more points. Verdict: Advantage India/ Even 7. Dhoni vs. Prior Comparison: Both good wicket-keeper batsmen. Dhoni has been a little out of form with his keeping and his batting. But trust Dhoni to do the most unexpected, like he did in the WC final. Verdict: Advantage England/ Even

    8. Bhajji vs. Swann Comparison: Undoubtedly the top two offspinners currently in world cricket. Both can swing the bat a bit too. But Swann has been in great form, while Bhajji has been awfully out of form. Verdict: Advantage England.

    9. Zaheer vs. Anderson Comparision: Two of the three best seamers in test cricket at the moment. But form and fitness suggest Anderson has a slight advantage over Zaheer. Verdict: Advantage England/ Even (only if Zak maintains his fitness level

  • POSTED BY deegowd on | July 30, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    How the 2 teams stack up from 3rd test:

    1. Strauss vs. Sehwag Comparison: On his day, Strauss can be as good as any batsman, but on his day, Sehwag has no match Verdict: Advantage India 2. Gambhir vs. Cook Comparison: Cook has shown great technique and talent for his age, but Gambhir is not far behind. Verdict: Advantage England/ Even 3. Dravid vs. Trott Comparison: Very similar players, but Dravid showing signs of good form and Trott's surprisingly bare patch give India the advantage. Verdict: Advantage India/ Even 4. Sachin vs. KP Comparison: KP is still Sachin's understudy to becoming a great batsman. While KP's understanding of the pitches would help him, Sachin has more test experience than any player to draw from. Verdict: Advantage India/ Even 5. Bell vs. VVS Comparison: Again similar players. But for grit, style and ability to shepherd the lower order Bell could learn a few things from VVS. Verdict: Advantage India/ Even

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    > rename the-article-title "Broad narrowed India's advantage"

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | July 30, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    Broad's Innings has ensured that the match is evenly balanced. I believe that whenever the tail is to be done with, its usually the spinners who do the job; tail enders have a tough time facing spinners ( Sorry state to see India produce no quality spinner after Kumble ). Still England i feel can win only in conditions where the ball swings. There is no team currently who possess bowlers to take wickets on any day and on any conditions. SA and India and to some extent Australia , have bowling attacks that can take wickets in all conditions. I will say again, India atleast has beaten england in england in the past decase, i doubt the reverse will ever happen.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2011, 0:57 GMT

    >rename the-article-title "Broad narrows India's advantage"

  • POSTED BY flavamonkey on | July 30, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    I think India should have dried up the runs, for example, by bowling well outside the off stump once they realised they were not going to get rid of Broad and Swann quickly. This could have led to their downfall. Even if it didn't, it might have prolonged the England innings without making much difference to the total, thereby allowing India to start batting in better conditions on Day 2.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | July 30, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    @Trioboy: Who really cares about how tough was Australia? It is history and Australia's fall was more precipitous than any other #1 team will have. Since T20 World cup in 2007 and introduction of technology everything has changed. There is less cheating in cricket than what it was prior to 2006. Also, as good as Australia was, India was pretty tough challenger and mighty Australia was not all that mighty against India. Many of Aus-Ind. matches were controversial that Australia could have very well lost. This series is about India and England. Both are pretty strong contenders for #1 slot. Aussies do not have a prayer for this slot for another 3 years. It will be most likely Eng, Ind, SA at the top position. Aus. will be lucky to save their behind against SL and retain 5th rank.

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | July 30, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Mukund is turning out to be an anigma for India. Understood that he does not have experience and is young, but you don't make same mistake three times in a row.

  • POSTED BY devalyagnik2003 on | July 30, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    I know India is not as attacking side as they should be as a no 1 team, but I don't understand why people keep saying that India should win series in Aus, Eng, SA to prove they are no 1!! First thing India won last series in England. Second if this is the criteria that should be the same for all the teams! if England is No1 they should win in India as well! And everyone knows their recent record playing in India! Same thing can be said to SA, if they are no 1 they should win in India, Srilanka as well! India still beat Eng, WI, Srilanka and Pak in their own county, draw series in SA twice in last decade, played way better in Aus then they were playing before last decade.. So at this moment respect that fact that they are no1, anyways in next 6-8 months England or SA might take the place and then one should respect the fact that they are leading the point table!

  • POSTED BY Triniboss501 on | July 30, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    I thought India did very well even with Broad's barrage at the end. Sreesanth and Kumar was class. This was a massive imporement from the last test and it shows the difference between a team that is number 1 and a team that thinks it is number 1. Mukund really got on my nerves between fielding with legguards and the poor shot selection. India do not need to dominate like Austrailia, India just have to win and win consistently. If the Indian batsmen keep their concentration tomorrow they will win this game.

  • POSTED BY crickeyt on | July 29, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    That England managed to get to a handy 221 is solely Dhoni's responsibility. He has the tendency to place fielders wherever a boundary is hit, which means all that the batsmen have to do is hit 3-4 boundaries and there is not a single fielder left saving the one. And then even the No. 9 and 10 can merrily pluck the ones and twos. It was ridiculous captaincy. Instead of reminding his bowlers to pitch the ball up, he just kept pushing the field back. Tactically, he is a horrible captain and given his atrocious batting in Tests, he is just a wasted spot in this Indian Test team.

  • POSTED BY deepu1469 on | July 29, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    india miss sehwag a lot in these kinda pitch.. sreesanth is d hero of d day .. took priror peterson and trott top three run scorers of first test...sree is deadly to right bats.. broad survived bcoz zaheer wasnt ther who could pick left bats easily

  • POSTED BY DocBindra on | July 29, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    Why is everyone so intent on pointing out how bad a #1 India is? Only 10 teams, correction 9 teams in the world play at the test level. What a joke, get over it and enjoy an engrossing series. England did well while India was immensely shorthanded and drove home the advantage, its India's turn to pay back, hopefully with interest.

  • POSTED BY suprabadh on | July 29, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    It is an awesome performance from Indians on the first day of the Trent bridge test. Hopefully Dhoni handled the available resources adequately to get the Englishmen out for a modest total leaving alone the fact of partnership between Broad and Swann. The weakness of Indian pace bowlers is revealed only when one is used for a long session. It clearly shows that Indian bowlers temperament and physical fitness did not allow them to bowl long strides and equip themselves for any kind of situation. I also feel the move to induct Yuvraj for Munaf is wiser one considering the fact that the former is an all rounder. NOW THE BALL IS INDIA'S COURT. With batsmen who can reasonably perform on the second day India should go all out to gather a lead of at least 150 runs which shall prove handy at the closing stages of the game. I still feel that our close -in fielding deficiency can be corrected by good reflex action. The past records pointing-out that Indians can do better. KUDOS TO INDIA.

  • POSTED BY ricardowill on | July 29, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    India is probably the most non-dominating number 1 ranking team in the world. The question now is can India cross the 300 run mark? I'm starting to believe that India can only manage totals in the 200 realm. Time will tell soon.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 29, 2011, 23:06 GMT

    Honours even on a rollercoaster day. England will have been happy to lose only 2 wickets (one to a bad decision) in the morning, India will have been overjoyed at how well they bowled and fielded in the afternoon and then Broad and Swann brought England back into the match after tea. Dravid and Laxman needed all their skill and some luck to survive the last hour. Tomorrow will be a real test for all concerned. Great cricket to watch!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    india will do jsut fine tomorrow 2 class players out there then sachin next, raina in form.. yuvraj he always clicks against england and was in decent form only problem dhoni but with yuvraj raina to come before him india have good chance of 100 plus lead

  • POSTED BY givenUP on | July 29, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    @wolf777 did u even watch the match ? only five overs were bowled apart from three pacers..... the first two overs by Bhaji and Yuvi went for 1 and 4 runs were bowled in first session...... and one over in the middle of second...... and the other 2.something was bowled by bhaji when he got Broad's wicket........ India didn't lose advantage because of the pacers getting tired.........bcz India was counter attacked mainly in the third session when all the three bowlers came fresh after tea........ I think India lost advantage because of Dhoni's defensive tactics...... he removed closing fielders and got all men at the boundaries ....... thats exactly what one should not do against no.9,10and 11.....

  • POSTED BY Trioboy on | July 29, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    @rohan8579, sorry to break it to you buddy but, India is not that dominant like the Aussies did in past ten years. Other teams used to fear Aussies. Once India win three consecutive world cups and win Test series in Australia, England and South Africa, then we might consider agreeing.

  • POSTED BY BigDataIsAHoax on | July 29, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    seeeee told u english batting is lot more vulnerable to testing conditions than indian. compare how dravid and laxman handled those 15 testing overs to all the english batsmen who had no idea how to leave the ball outside the offstump!! hahaha. fun fun!!

  • POSTED BY indian_rockers_2015_champs on | July 29, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    from here on struggle begins for england team................england becoming no1 is big joke ............it will be an innings victory for india in this test match ........ ..strauss,cook,trott,petierson,are just mediocre players once this series ends england will be at 4th place......

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 22:15 GMT

    Is Erasmus another Hair, Sub continental teams get nothing from this guy. I still think won the match for England at lords with the Pietersen decesion

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | July 29, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    I was afraid of this. England got overconfident and Indian fast bowling was underestimated. Good performance by the tail enders! No team has a clear advantage as of yet except that there is certainty that match will yield a result. A lot depends on how "maturely" India bats tomorrow. Otherwise, this game might be over in 4 days with English win.

  • POSTED BY Trioboy on | July 29, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    English will bounce back in to the game. Absence of Tremlett is bit of a worry though. Hopefully Bresnan should be able to fill in his shoes. Morning spell will be the key.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    @agam99 how was that a comeback? 221 is a very decent score for the first innings on a pitch like this. And there are still 4 days left of play. This is not 20-20 where the match can be decided by one offensive blitz.

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | July 29, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    Again, India were out of bowlers. Once the three pace bowlers got tired, England were let off the hook. Dhoni should have gone in with Munaf Patel in place of Yuvraj Singh. If India does not take more than 200 runs plus first inning lead then the selection of the sixth batsman is clearly a mistake. The extra bowler may have helped to keep England around 125 runs and the sixth batsman must give 200 runs plus advantage to equalize

  • POSTED BY love_the_game on | July 29, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    It is surprising to see English batsmen struggle against swing bowling... I'm not sure how with this batting line up ..who has grown over the years in these conditions cant handle decent swing bowling from Indians..... Bothams, Arthertons and Boycotts are praising them for winning against a depleted Indian attack ... I think this is a realty check for them... If you want to be No.1 side.. you have bat & bowl well.... Best of luck to England on their quest to world No.1.

  • POSTED BY dineshdinuus on | July 29, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    well i am not optimistic about indian batting tomorrow..except this man Dravid.If he clicks then India can think of healthy lead.GOd knows who will bail out India when he will retire .The opener issue will exist till Sehwag joins back....then Mukund just need to play second fiddle and hang in there.No one is expecting him to hit a century....but to just hang on and take the shine off cherry.Mukund might have made it to team because of his talent and TN facotr but with this kinda display..he will soon be replaced.

  • POSTED BY cricfan06 on | July 29, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    I just cannot understand why this article is so negative towards India's performance... If you'd given India the option of having England all out for 221 at the end of the first day's play, they would have taken it without thinking twice.. period!

    All credit to the fact that Broad put in a fantastic tail end performance, but the fact remains that Strauss, Cook, Trot, Pietersen, Bell, Morgan and Prior were all a flop and credit has to be given to India's bowlers for that. End of story. Give credit where credit is due guys.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | July 29, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    @cricfan800: RD and VVS were trying to bat out the day and not score runs. Don't forget India lost Mukund to the very first ball of the innings. They did not want to lose any more wickets. This is what test cricket is all about. It will be extremely difficult to score on this track when the ball is doing so much. It's not just Indian batsmen who cnnot handle swing, even the English batsmen failed. You need players like Dravid to grind it out like only he can do. If you think scoring rate is slow, then you should not be watching test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    A lot depends on how Lax and Dravid bat tomorrow. If they put up a big one then India is certainly in with a chance of squaring the series. I don't know what contribution Sachin would make but i hope he makes a big one tomorrow if these two guys get out early, but to me that remains a distant dream as time and again he wilts under pressure.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 29, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    @Hasan Cheema, I know you are not supporting ENG but you want to just criticize India. These flat track bullies performed well (in bowling and batting) in many bouncy pitches overseas and so they are #1. I know you love to criticize India but at the same time try to appreciate good work my dear brother.

  • POSTED BY pravek666 on | July 29, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    Sehwag was dropped when he was not doing well.... he came back and became only the third batsman ever to have scored two triple tons followed by a 295 against Lanka... Bhajji should be given the same dose... he may also get cured!!!

  • POSTED BY TaylorSwift on | July 29, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    Another vital toss won by Dhoni. Indian bowlers did well in seamer-friendly conditions. I didn't expect Ishant, Sree and PK to perform like they did. Nevertheless, I feel England will be content with the total of 221. Kudos to Broady for another valiant effort with the bat. More consistency with the bat and ball will make him a true all-rounder, reminiscent of a certain Freddie perhaps. Morgan's performance with the bat has been disappointing thus far. I hope he rebounds in the next innings and comes through with a gutsy knock. The English bowling quartet will restrict India to about 200 runs or so tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY cricfan800 on | July 29, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    97 runs in last two wickets! WOW!

  • POSTED BY agam99 on | July 29, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I guess some real & fake Eng supporters got the answer with a typical Indian comeback.

  • POSTED BY rohan8579 on | July 29, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    I feel sorry for people who still has doubt that 221 all out is a score from where Indians can win easily with kind of batting Indians have. RD, VVS, SRT, Yuvi, Rain and DHONI.... Common guys just accept the fact that Broad was smart enough to understand that attack is best defence! Period. And for those who says Aussies were Ruthlessly dominated 2000's, GIVE ME A BREAK guys, it was process to get their from Mark Taylor to Steve Wagh to Ricky Ponting with legend Bowlers like Mcgrath & Warney supported by Great bunch of others like Bret Lee, Johnson, Gilispie etc... So Indians just have started to dominate world cricket from last 3 yrs started by Kumble to Dhoni, in next 3-4 yrs you all would agree its INDIANS like Aussies in 2000's & WI of 70's/80's

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | July 29, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    THE MORNING HOURS IN ENGLAND IS ALWAY DIFFICULT TO PLAY THROUGH. REGARDLESS WHO IS BATTING. THIS IS THE REASON WHY DHONI WON THE TASS AND SEND ENGLAND IN ON BOTH OCCASIONS. HE KNOWS. THE INDIAN BATSMEN HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THE DAMP ATMOSPHERE AND THE SEAM BOWLERS AIMING ON THE OFF-STUPM. IT IS A CRUCIAL SITUATION FOR INDIA TOMORROW , IF THEY CAN PLAY OUT THE FIRST HOUR WITHOUT ANY LOSS THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO POST A GOOD SCORE. REMEMBER TEDULKAR HAS AN AVERAGE OF 76 ON THAT GROUND. IT DEPENDS ON LAXMAN,DRAV AND TENDULKAR TOMORROW. INDIA AGAIN DID NOT HAVE A GOOD FIELD IN THE LATER PART OF THE GAME. ALSO THEY ALLOW CATCHES TO GO WITH NO ONE AROUND. LOOKING FOWARD FOR A GOOD GAME. S. N. SINGH

  • POSTED BY cricdick on | July 29, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    We know England is a strong team ,last tour they beat our Pakistani team comprehesively. In fact abt.3 teams below 75. They beat India in the first test. But then nothing can be ruled out. If India uses its batter power with discipline, they will definitely beat England, period.

  • POSTED BY cricfan800 on | July 29, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Highest Averages in batting. (Current Players) Above 49

    Name Ave Team HS 1.IJL Trott 59.48 ENG 226 2.JH Kallis 57.43 SA 201* 3.SR Tendulkar 56.68 IND 248* 4.KC Sangakkara 56.18 SL 287 5.TT Samaraweera 54.08 SL 231 6.RT Ponting 53.51 AUS 257 7.V Sehwag 53.43 IND 319 8.R Dravid 52.79 IND 270 9.M Jayawardene 52.62 SL 374 10.M Yousuf 52.29 PK 223 11.MK Hussey 51.09 AUS 195 12.G Gambhir 50.32 IND 206 13.GC Smith 49.71 SA 277 14.KP Pietersen 49.26 ENG 227 15.S Chanderpaul 49.04 WI 203*

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Guys whatever happened, happened. Now its time for Dravid & Laxman to show the entire england they are one of the all time greats. C'mmon Team india go for the kill. A score around 450-500 & abt a lead of 220+ will be more than enough to win the best. Give the knockout punch guyz....Go india Go......

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 19:53 GMT

    @CSK Kings club

    If he's India's best spinner by a mile, then India's best spinner by a mile is unfortunately not sufficient. We need a better option. First off, if he gets every opportunity there is, how can one prove that a Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra, Ashwin is better than him?

    Harbhajan was once the best bowler India had. He's today just a shadow of his old self. I am not saying we should get rid of him for good - but drop him for a series - he might come back with a vengeance and come back a better bowler. Who wouldn't like that?

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    well, woodhaven 24, who was playing a depleted team at Lords???? You last a day in Kanpur. And let Sanny take even close to ten wickets on turning Indian pitches!!

  • POSTED BY ChampionVohra on | July 29, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Right they were 124/8 and indian should have finish the tail off,But for god sake stop moaning , Remember,England are the side who has beaten us so badly in last test match?So also got good players,and It happenes in cricket,Secondly Its a slap on the face of those peoples who were writing indians off,because Zaheer is off,Zaheer is a star bowler,but Champion teams always finds way without there star players,so did indians today,Well done I still cant believe the media in UK and peoples here,They are portraying it as if,Bangladesh is playing Australia,Mind you England are playing against the No 1 test team in the world. Now the Result,I would be really surprised if india didnt win this match,Tommorow is very crucial,Any lead of 150+ is a teast winning lead,And chasing any thing bAnd india has to bat very carefully tommorw,Dont worry about runrate,or boundries,just focus on careful plans,and I am 100% confident Our batters will prove tommorow that there are not champions for no reason

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | July 29, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Don't you just love it! The one-eyed prophets are out there, predicting an Indian victory in their usual vacuous and triumphalist manner (and hasn't anyone told khiladisher that shouting is rude?) It may have escaped their notice that the conditoins were all in favour of swing and seam bowling today and 222 actually is about par. Boycott says that you can't tell what a total is worth until both teams have batted - which seems to me to be a sage opinion. There is no reason to think that England will not give Indian batting a severe examination tomorrow. I'm not predicting anything, but I know that test cricket in England is so much more interesting than tests elsewhere when 600 plays 650 - and batsmen's averages get hugely inflated. I'm enjoying it because I use two eyes to watch and appreciate the skills shown by players on both sides, even though I'd like England to win.

  • POSTED BY High_on_Cricket on | July 29, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    The Indian tail-enders should take a cue from Broad & Co and play positive attacking shots rather then rolling over meekly. Worse comes to worse, they will get out cheaply .. which is what will happen anyways if they try to defend against the Andersons. Bhajji, PK ... are u listening??

  • POSTED BY annonimus on | July 29, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Stuart Board stole the match from India by turning the score 120-8 to 221-10. It's a matter of time for another Indian defeat

  • POSTED BY cricfan800 on | July 29, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Dravid and Laxman shared unbeaten 24 run partnership from 89 balls so slow they need to play fast if they want to win!!Really i like Dravid so much!!Classical player like M.Yousuf,S.Tendulkar!!!There are good player than them but not classical Really!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    @ Woodhaven24 : But here you are not considering that India are injury hit side now. and you are getting to the result with one win of England over in your words depleted Indian side. Still India seems to be in good position in the second match so far.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | July 29, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Dhoni tried Harbajan at different batsmen including the Eng batsman # 10 & 11. Harbajan is probably the only bowler who cant get no 11 batsman out. Ultimately Broad donated his wkt and he got one wkt. How nice it would be if there is another batsman or at least a good fielder selected in place of Harbajan.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    India must bat well for the full day tom ,ideally a lead of 150 or more will be good enough to win this match. India should keep in their mind that they have to bat only once in this match.they should win this match actually.

  • POSTED BY CSK-KingsClub on | July 29, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Say what? Harbajan failed again?! He bowled 4 overs and got a wicket! He can get 3 wickets in 4 overs! Dhoni just preffered his medium pacers in seaming conditions. He is India's best spinner by a mile.

  • POSTED BY gestapo on | July 29, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    no team can be as imposing as the aussies of 2000s,,,they were a great lot and nothing could stop them,,they just steamrolled everybody that came their way irrespective of place and conditions...India is definitely not the #1 team,,they are a great unit and the tag would only be shared between teams like india,SA,eng,aus in the next few years...even if england hammer india in this series,,am sure they would be given a thumping if played in India and SL.,,and now dont call the pitches in the subcontinent substandard. England historically has never played nicely on spinning tracks and playing spin is as gutsy as playing pace.

  • POSTED BY citizenkc on | July 29, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    Tomorrow will be a real test for India's batsmen. It may well be the crucial day for the series. If India fold quickly, that's it for the series. If they can bat all day and get to about 300 with a few wickets standing, they may be able to pull off a win in this match. A lot, as always, depends of the big 3. Yuvraj has a zero in the tour game and has had no match practice; he hasn't played test cricket in months, and Dhoni's batting has gone downhill. None of our tailenders have produced a decent score. The Indian bowlers did a terrific job, but it was terribly disappointing to see the usual inability to finish it off. Those 70-80 runs may end up being crucial in a low-scoring match. If Zaheer is fit for the 3rd test, India might consider playing a 4-man pace attack. Harbhajan can play at the Oval where the ball tends to turn a bit more. The troubling aspect of this Indian team is the lackadaisical fielding. Catches are frequently being dropped and there are too many runs being gifted.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    "Instead of pitching full and seaming it away, they bowled a shorter length with wider lines, giving Broad and Swann space to play shots."- Its not the first time that India suffered from tail-enders . Just 20 minutes' break and all the plans were vanished. The well earned advantage almost all gone. Isn't it captain's job to remind his bowlers what are the things to be done rather than just setting a defensive field? Now just hope the Sun comes out tomorrow right from the early morning.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    INDIA will win this test by an innings and about 80-100 runs..

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | July 29, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    from 128/8 England reached 221, India couldn't fnish off the tail again, if India could have got England bowled out for 130, they would have easily won the match, but they forfeited the advantage again, jus tlike they did after getting England to 60/5 in 2nd innings in Lords test.

  • POSTED BY Zulu1981 on | July 29, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Test Cricket at its BEST!! Again Harbajan failed to produce Wickets... Dhoni should have taken either Ashwin or Mishra instead Harbajan..This is a crucial test for India.

    Atleast Harbajan should try to "MAKE IT LARGE" with his BAT ;-)

    Cheers to this series.......

  • POSTED BY saivich on | July 29, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    @kumarcoolbuddy; regarding bowling to tail-enders, your idea of yoga will certainly help. Indian bowlers should not always bowl short at tail-enders. Remember in the WI tour last test match Fidel Edwards who was struck by a Ishant bouncer, quickly learned how to fend it off. Ishant kept trying the same trick over and over!!!

  • POSTED BY annonimus on | July 29, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Indian will be all out below 200 and eventually lose the match.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 29, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    I am giving credit to only Broad. ENG batting definitely failed today. Indian bowling thrashed top and order but the problem is still there. Indian bowlers are unable to remove tail-enders easily. Broad runs were important to ENG since they escaped utter failure.

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | July 29, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    india is an over rated team. they won against depleted side and injury listed side. now they are facing injury less and strong english attack. we can see their real strength now.

  • POSTED BY rajatgupta_indianfan on | July 29, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    the series could go either way..but I think one thing is quite clear...there is no point in having a debate on who is 'real' number 1 in the world...No team is curently gonna dominate the way Aussies of the 2000's and windies of the 80's did. looking the series so far, the only difference between India and England has been Stuart Broad...and he btw is not the best cricketer of his era...so essentially in english conditions, England are edging ahead due to just one player who is having a form of his life with both bat and ball...I dont quite think even if England defeat India here like this, it can be considered a win as comprehensive as a 'real' number 1 shd achieve

  • POSTED BY Shivam90 on | July 29, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Check this out!!!A fluke from Broad saved the day for England otherwise what reputation the next no.1 would have gained by such a display and that also at their home.It was pain to watch the England batting,any true cricket fan will agree with this especially the way Ian Bell got out.

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | July 29, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    I admire the fighting spirit of the Indian team. Despite the absence of no 1 strike bowler Z.Khan, Indian team never complained and acted professionally. Their seam attack destroyed a powerful England batting line up. 221 is a total below par for a formidable England team. Full credit to Indian team, but maybe they could have got England out a lot earlier. The bowling does lack the killer instinct to finish off a job. Broad's heroics put England passed 200, but no means satisfied with the total as their batting was absolutely abysmal and lacking the spark in the previous test. Indian bowlers did their homework. Now India have an opportunity to take control of the game, provided their world class batting line up play well with careful shot selection and patience. England quality seam attack will pose problems. It will be an interesting match.

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | July 29, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Read a lot of comments here (presumably by Indian fans) that seem to think India are on top? We'll see how many the Indians manage on this track and if the ball swings I'm expecting an England lead! Talk of Dhoni having guts is an interesting spin on things.... I think it's more a case of he didn't want to face England's bowling under the Friday AM conditions? As they say in cricket there's no substitute for runs on the board and whilst 221 might be modest it remains to be seen how many India post? Fascinating..... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY RS_Cric_11 on | July 29, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    124/8 in 2 session, you got to accept, bowling team has done really well (or batted poorly).But, you look at the balls and say couple of those were unplayable. Towards the end, Board was trying to hit the ball hard, N momentum is transferred to ENG's favour a bit. But guys you got to give credit to all the indian bowlers as they bowled really well to a batting line up most of them average 40+. This test match 'll certainly tell you which team has better batsman. If IND can bat for 120 overs you 'll be assured who are better and of course in that case IND, most likely in the winning side. so the key is to bat for 120 ovrs, No matter who bats, its the total of the team on the board that is going to win the game. Regarding, self coined #1, I believe till now no one is dominating the game, you can say only IND ,to some extent, over the last couple of years they are a better side in away from home, N i truly believe, certainly you can't put ENG in #1, their subcontinent record are too poor

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    india bowled really well, and zaheer khan would have been really something on this pitch. Tommorow is the most important day of the series. If england bowl poorly, india will race to over 300 apply alot of pressure, and win the match. There will be a result for a sure. England can win if they bowl india out really cheaply like below 200.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Just spend watching the indian boys at the ground I think they bowled well great day of cricket credit to Stuart Broad for Fight back but India has advantage if they bat whole day tomorrow .

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | July 29, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Great bowling display for India who made the best of winning yet another toss! Now I know what they mean when they say that "Dhoni is a lucky tosser... "There was a time in the England innings when I was hoping for 150 - so 221 is quite a recovery. I expect that England will bowl India out for less than 200 and things will be pretty even going into the 2 nd innings. Hopefully Swann's injury won't effect his bowling which might be crucial - although this expected to be a seamers track throughout? It should be fascinatinng tomorrow and I expect a lot of wickets to go down? My guess will be India 172 all out and England 33-1 at the close. Now where did I put that crystal ball......... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | July 29, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    So bhajji selected again for batting may be. There are no other batsman better than bhaji in the 17 man line up available. I would have picked munaf instead of bhaji. I hope it won't hurt india. Ball will be swinging throughout the game. So it all depends on how long dravid and VVS hold on. without tremlett in line up sachin can make his century if dravid bat until lunch. i still think it is anybody's game. By restricting england 200+ , draw is almost out of the question.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Broad has put a brave face today, It will be interesting to see Yuvraj and Broad.. espicialy if Yuvraj takes on Broad early on, which he should if he gets chance tomorrow...

  • POSTED BY tjsimonsen on | July 29, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Well, well, well. What a day of test cricket! First an amazing comeback/performance from India; then an equally spectacular get-out-of-jail by Broad (again) and Swann; and finally a hard fougth finish. At the moment it's advantage India - just. The first session tomorrow could well be crucial. But first and foremost, a great response from the Indian bowlers after Lords and the loss of Khan. Helpful conditions, yes. But you still need to make use of them.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    India Bowled really well.Sreeshanth was superb.But it is far from over.This wicket is so unpredictable.Lot relies on Dravid and Sachin.If not they could get blown away too.Sachin better not block everything like last match and play his normal game

  • POSTED BY cricchic on | July 29, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    This game isn't over yet, good come back by India bowlers, exploiting the conditions the way they did,Good job by Broad, it seems India do not have the Knack for cleaning up the tail... but tomorrow will be quite interesting, after tomorrow then we can comment on how we favour this match...

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    india will definitely struggletomorrow against the likes of anderson and broad.Iama hardcore indian fan but believe me,yuvi,raina,dhoni and even sachin normally do not play good swing bowling better.We should be prepared for a 150 minus score..

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Dont understand the commentary team's logic behind saying " 221 a solid score" by England, on their HOMEGROUND !! Come on Nasser Hussain, accept the fact that Indian bowlers were too good for your batsmen even in home conditions. Ive never heard such a biased commentary .. Lol!!

  • POSTED BY annonimus on | July 29, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    Too many Indians are shouting here.I do not blame them, becuase it's their nature and culture.Indian supporter should get ready for another defeat.

  • POSTED BY kalyankk1985 on | July 29, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    @hasan cheema : England cannot be a no.1 anytime in cricket buddy - not a single batsman to name as a great - if indians are flat track bullies, wht r ur bowlers who r not upto scratch in world cup and the batsmen not good enough to beat ireland :) @awg3599,Truemans_Ghost : those are not excuses - those are facts - try to accept the facts if u can understand cricket.. @steve19191 : awesome buddy - do u think eng will be no.1 by the end of year? do u think england is good enough to beat atleast Ireland to be no.1 of the world? ;)

  • POSTED BY mayu_001 on | July 29, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    i don't understand why in the series of Ind & Eng these Bangladeshi fans want to take pot shots at Indian team.. and at least they should comment on test cricket where they are still not eligible o play though they got test status at mercy of India..

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | July 29, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    The young guns have setup the match for India. But I suspect the retirement lobby will squander the gains.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    If England cant contain India in their first innings at TB, stick a fork into England for the series, as Birmingham and Oval are mostly batting/docile tracks. Whichever way goes day two, decides the series.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | July 29, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    First of all Good batting by Broad. He is really stamping the 'All Rounder tag' to his name. But for his batting and that partnership wioth Swan, Eng would have been bowled out for < 150. India have done good so far but for that first ball wicket of Mukund. I hope we show some fighting spirit and get a good first innings lead. This match can no way end in a DRAW. Ut;s always great to watch test matches in England Looking at some peoples comments about how Indians are flat track bullies, this so called toothless Indian attack made a mockery of top order ENG batting. Eng being atr home, should have been experts in handling the moving ball, but guess what even they cannot do that against this ordinary bowling attack (according to many). Here is the best part, when teams from AUS, ENG, SA visit India, they cannot even bat on so called flat pitches at home in India. Ovearll these teams cannot handle swing bowling and also cannot bat on flat wkts as they succumb to the spinners. Hmm

  • POSTED BY High_on_Cricket on | July 29, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Its really nice to see the Indian fast bowlers attacking as a disciplined unit and running through a good batting side in 70 overs. They have been doing this more often than not of late. Its not surprising that some of the memorable victories recently have come in seaming pitches. Time for the batters to step up and live up to their top billing. Come on Dravid & co, its time to show the english-men who they up against ...

  • POSTED BY Musketeers on | July 29, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    awsome INDIA.... !!! You are the best.... You again proved it!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    India just have to bat sensibly n we have a long batting line up to follow..if we take sum positives frm d way broad batted,i don't thnk der is any difficulty in scoring runs wen d ball gets older..best of luck india..!!India just have to bat sensibly n we have a long batting line up to follow..if we take sum positives frm d way broad batted,i don't thnk der is any difficulty in scoring runs wen d ball gets older..best of luck india..!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    I Do not know y all english fans are mocking indians and indan players like this.India haven't beaten a team outside subcontinent but they haven't lost a series also.Also Has england wona test series in Srilanka or in India or have they wona match in PAK.The answer is NO.All are telling India wins at home so is england. And they r a force in test but do not make fun of indians.If indians struggle aganist Swing bowling so does england fear aganist spin bowling in spinner friendly tracks among the european countries England have the most worst record in sub continent what about that

  • POSTED BY Deepfreezed on | July 29, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    fast bowlers can get wickets bowling under arm on this pitch.

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | July 29, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    India has played well. Give them some credit for their performance while missing some of their major players.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    No matter how bad the pitch India has enough quality batsmen (Dravid, Laxhman, Dhoni, Tendulkar with Raina and Yuvraj capable of stepping into 20 gear once a foundation is built and take the game away from England) and all they need to do is play with kind of discipline that Dravid and Laxhman have displayed thus far. Time is not a consideration so they don't have to worry about batting too slow. Make good shot selections, do not gift wickets and bat all day tomorrow and into the third day. A score of 400 plus will put India in a winning position and enable them to square the series.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    @ Steve Spragg: Declare at 180??? No wonder u r not playing for the English team.. Pity u mate... Improve ur cricketing skills before u comment..

  • POSTED BY nag888 on | July 29, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    India rocks, Yv will hit again 666666....broad

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | July 29, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @bdcricketfan This is not Bangladesh thats playing here amigo. Wait for them to get bowled out for the score in a couple of weeks. As for the game, the pitch seems to have a lot in it for the seamers. If India can bat out the next 10-15 overs carefully, the ball will lose its shine and it will be a lot easier to negotiate their bowlers. Add a little sunshine into the mix and walla! England will be hunting leather all day tomorrow or may be not. I do not remember when was the last time test cricket had been so nerve-wracking. This series is really living up to the pre-series hype \m/

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    I dont understand the comments coming in here. England has batted poorely. Saying 221 is solid is a joke. There is no excuse for getting all out for 221 even with conditions like this. They bat deep so understandably they could get to 221. If one had asked Dhoni at the toss that england would be bowled out for 221, had he accepted it? Ask yourself. Of course. India should be happy with the total England has. Sreesanth really made up for the loss of Zaheer. Its going to be hardwork but at the moment its advantage India.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 29, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    @bdcricketfan:

    You better not jump to any conclusions then. India might be 375/3 at stumps tomorrow. ;-p

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    English batting line-up is so long! Full marks to Broad for applying himself. Indians tried too hard.

    I look forward to English fans whining about losing Swann to injury after they lose this test.

    Frankly, neither of the two teams has the #1 aura, though the English team looks more talented and balanced on paper.

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | July 29, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    @Steve Spragg..the so called toothless indian bowlers blew away ur so called best batting line up that too at ur home conditions,such a shame that a bowler(broad) has to rescue ur batting,now llok out for ur toothless english bowlers when india take atleast 150run lead

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    221 is just under par for this ground, so not too bad. Hope England bowl well tomorrow and India should fall for under that. If they bowl poorly, India will storm away with it. No pressure, Anderson.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Yet again the toothless club attack of India fail miserably, I would have been happy if struassy had declared at 180 it is more than enough

  • POSTED BY dulabhai on | July 29, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Don't start jumping up and down yet. India might be all out for 125.

  • POSTED BY cricfan800 on | July 29, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Yeah i knew it bowlers or all-rounders always do that when team is in pressure!!They play fastly or play so slowly!Superb Knock from Broad. Hats off!

    And Superb Bowling from Seamers too!broad pushed england from 124-8 to 221-10 SUPERB!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    I wonder why india haven't used the service of a left arm pacer in 2nd test at Trent bridge as england have 5 left handed batsmen.In the absence of zaheer it is evident that there is a need for a left arm swing bowler to trouble the english batsmen. When broad was batting i found that if india have included rp singh england wouldn't have gone beyond 150.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 29, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    By the way what happened to Gambhir? Was that a big injury?

  • POSTED BY Master01 on | July 29, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    If only we had Sehwag Gambhir and Zaheer. Look at the quality that is missing. Imagane Engfland without Pietersen COok and Anderson and then imagaine

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 29, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Though Indian bowlers took removed and middle order superbly I hate them when bowling to tail-enders. This is not first Indian bowlers struggling for tail-enders. Looks like They need some yoga.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | July 29, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    people talk abt india, how cn england be no.1 without winning a series against sa in sa, they even lost to sa at home, they havnt won a series in india, lost in pak , lost in lanka , i cnt remember when they last won a test in srilanka, even lost the last series in westindies , all they did won a few series in home and a series against strugling ausralia

  • POSTED BY lokesh.agarwal on | July 29, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    broad is kicking some serious butt.... makes the game very interesting.... not necessarily fun for a hardcore fan of india.. but for a hardcore cricket fan .. yes....

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 29, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    I am unable to resist myself in appreciating Broad. H deserves accolades.

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | July 29, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    The ball of the day was Prior's wicket! A fast bowlers dream ball . End of day 2 we'll know who's 'ahead' in this test.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Oh dear! Would be no1 team is in trouble.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    fairly ironic comments now...its funny how your number 9 and 10 seem to be batting without trouble and apparently at tea 128-8 was a good target and the commentators couldn't wait until england bowl. game on boys....england don't deserve the number one ranking. a LOT OF TALK and hardly any players that are even born in England

  • POSTED BY Aussies_No.1_4Eva on | July 29, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    This two test matches so far already prove that both England and India are still not worthy of being "No.1". At this very point in time, any team in the top 5 of world cricket can beat any team on their day. India's bowlers have bowled well for the first time in many decades while England's batting have proved that they are not invincible. Cook's struggles is showing that he is after all English.. Trott will continue to make people dislike and move away from test match cricket with his boring batting technique, and Strauss is okay, not great. Test cricket is at a stage of equal competence and I think there will not be a dominant force in world cricket for a long time. I doubt any of these teams can the match the greatness of the West Indies of 80s and Australia of 90s/2000s. Btw, sachin and ponting must retire immediately, they both are finished and utterly depleted.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 29, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    @steve19191:

    At least India have gained the #1 Rank. Sadly, it looks like England's stay at the top has ended before it could even begin. Where is Boycott? Where is Donald?

    A team that cant play at home. A team that just cant play swing and seam. bowling. This is a team that could never play Leg Spinners. And this is a team that has never won a World Cup. A team that was 72/5 against a lame bowling attack and a team that is tottering right now. What is this team good for? A team that is not even a full English team and shamelessly imports players from other countries. This team wins one series against a demoralized Oz team and starts dreaming that it is the #1 !!!

    Suddenly every player of that team becomes #1 of his so called expertise.

    The so called best keeper batsman in the world scores 1 and gets out in 4 balls. Cook has failed in 3 innings consecutively. Morgan has 2 ducks in 3 innings. Lets see how good Anderson is.

  • POSTED BY lokesh.agarwal on | July 29, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    A very good display of pure swing bowling. Ishant looked scratchy in parts, but overall all three seamers were hitting the right areas. Its good to see such a young bunch taking up the responsibility. I wanted to see more of Cook.., he will be kicking himself for getting out to such an obvious plan. I get the feeling that England got a little complacent, and at the same time India didnt let their guard down. As dhoni put it after the first test... they heavily missed a third seamer... and we can see what happened when India had one. But I think the real contest is between the english bowling attack and the indian batting line up. Gearing up for that...... cheers...

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    @steve19191.....hahahha....the gr8 astrologer.....if eng tour asia...thn they ll at no .4 by the end of tour...

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    by winning one game don`t dream u r No. 1 team u remember last time what happened to yr team when they came to India.

  • POSTED BY piyush999 on | July 29, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    haha.. england no 1 team 124/8 ....botham says eng new kings of cricket...boycott , hussain said how can india dismiss england with this bowling line up..hussain also said that india doesnt have gud back up bowlers... 4 ur kind info mr hussain we do have sreesanth and also munaf these people wud now be forced 2 eat their words....ohhh i am loving this....

  • POSTED BY nikhilashri on | July 29, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    @steve19191, looks England needs to be shown thier place. @ awg3599 Its tea, do we still need an excuse? lol

  • POSTED BY veeranx on | July 29, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Looks like Steve19191, Trumans_Ghost, awg3599 and Hasan Cheema are ready to eat a humble pie. The new world no 1 declared so after one win( kings of cricket huh mr botham ), cutting a sorry figure in their home conditions. Now thats not something you'll ever see by indians even when they were not no. 1

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    124/8 uh the new number 1 team indeed!

  • POSTED BY d2thdr on | July 29, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    If you are listening to sky sports, you can see the bias some commentators have. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY grt971 on | July 29, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    @steve; cheema; truemans.. -- i hope u all would have got the view of the trailor of what INDIA are going to do to the english side.. this is what we call a champion team.. our bowlers have made a " MOCKERY" of your batting lineup and now the great batting will make ur side suffer to the extreme.. so please watch english side getting beaten by a champion team.. its a personal invitation from me.. please watch..!! :) :D CHEERS.

  • POSTED BY krnataraj on | July 29, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    whoever wins this test will best the number one team for the next two years!!now is the real test of both india's batting and england's bowling prowess!!

  • POSTED BY cricfan800 on | July 29, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    From 73-2 to 124-8.Really Superb bowling from seamers!Think england will try to draw not win!

  • POSTED BY SachinLara1 on | July 29, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @dont worry mate.without zak our bowlers are doing well

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    oh my fellow eng fan's , we wr sad to watch ur team's struggling against the TOOTHLESS indian bowling this time. indian is no 1 team guy's which would come back strongly after every first lose

  • POSTED BY Predator89 on | July 29, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    to all those who thought India's strength was batting here is ur answer right on your face even without the strike bowler praveen who made his debut recently,sreesanth in his comeback and isanth (young star) reckoned English batting line-up

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Dear all the destruction is done by these crop of bowlers already. Imagine if Zaheer was alos present.

  • POSTED BY cric-procrastinator on | July 29, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    @steve19191 we dont need to make excuses against a team which plays five foreigners matt prior, straus, trott, morgan,petersen (that is 50% of your team). cant you find englishmen playing for england rather than poaching players from ireland and south africa. IPL teams have more home talent than england team!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 14:06 GMT

    No 1 Team is not No just because of anybody mercy. They have earned it & England will be rightly shown their exact place............

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    no need for any excuses.. england are 88/6 ... 1st innings..this match cant be lost by india..unless they make blunders whn it comes to their turn 1st innings.. good luck team india.. and i hope england fights back too.. could be an interesting test match..

  • POSTED BY jupiterlaw on | July 29, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    England are in tatters now at 88/5. A few days ago they were insinuating that they are the best in the world, the ICC rankings, notwithstanding.

  • POSTED BY steve19191 on | July 29, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    @ Master01 Already making excuses !!!!! You confidence must be shot to pieces.

    LOL NO.1 team in the world yeah right......NO.4 by the end of the year mark my words

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | July 29, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @master01. Two 'would haves' in one post. Why do we even bothet playing the game since we know what 'would have' happened. We could have just decided from the team lists.

  • POSTED BY awg3599 on | July 29, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    @Master01 The excuses are starting already and it's only lunch on day one!

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @Master01! Just imagine Anderson on this wicked, .... can't wait to see Indian Flat track bullies on this seamy pitch... no doubt, England is true No.1

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 29, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    ALL READY 3 DECISIONS BEFORE LUNCH ALL IN ENGLANDS FAVOUR FROM UMPIRE ERASMUS-REMEMBER IN LORDS,WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD THOUGHT THAT PETERSEN WAS CAUGHT-INDIA ONCE AGAIN GETTING THE STICK FROM THE UMPIRES AS USUAL-ALL THE 3 LBWS WERE PLUMP,NO WONDER PRAVIN WAS ANGRY- THIS SERIES WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THE UMPIRING AND THE INJURIES TO THE INDIAN PLAYERS AS WELL AS LACK OF MATCH PRACTICE FOR THE INDIAN TEAM. PETERSEN WAS OUT 3 TIMES IN LORDS BEFORE HE MADE HIS DOUBLE-EVEN IN TRENT BRIDGE HE WS OUT LBW-PLUMP 2 TIMES BEFORE LUNCH.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | July 29, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    England is batting to no 10 now and even Anderson bats well as a nightwatchman. Hard too see India without Zaheer, Sehwag and Gambhir being able to win and Dhoni yet again puts England in first! At least Dhoni has guts. At least he should have taken Mishra - England has not played a quality legspinner for a long time - since Warne, Kumble and McGill retired and Kaneria lost form, there just hasn't been one to practce against.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    I think Eng has made a mistake by bringing in a all-rounder rather than a fast bowler. I hope this does not cost them dearly.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    why is haribhajan still getting a chance???

  • POSTED BY Master01 on | July 29, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Imagaine Zaheer on this wicket. He would have run through England. England have really been lucky here. And please dont compare Chris Tremlett to Zaheer Khan. A full strength India side would have dominated this match.

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  • POSTED BY Master01 on | July 29, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Imagaine Zaheer on this wicket. He would have run through England. England have really been lucky here. And please dont compare Chris Tremlett to Zaheer Khan. A full strength India side would have dominated this match.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    why is haribhajan still getting a chance???

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    I think Eng has made a mistake by bringing in a all-rounder rather than a fast bowler. I hope this does not cost them dearly.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | July 29, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    England is batting to no 10 now and even Anderson bats well as a nightwatchman. Hard too see India without Zaheer, Sehwag and Gambhir being able to win and Dhoni yet again puts England in first! At least Dhoni has guts. At least he should have taken Mishra - England has not played a quality legspinner for a long time - since Warne, Kumble and McGill retired and Kaneria lost form, there just hasn't been one to practce against.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 29, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    ALL READY 3 DECISIONS BEFORE LUNCH ALL IN ENGLANDS FAVOUR FROM UMPIRE ERASMUS-REMEMBER IN LORDS,WHEN THE WHOLE WORLD THOUGHT THAT PETERSEN WAS CAUGHT-INDIA ONCE AGAIN GETTING THE STICK FROM THE UMPIRES AS USUAL-ALL THE 3 LBWS WERE PLUMP,NO WONDER PRAVIN WAS ANGRY- THIS SERIES WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THE UMPIRING AND THE INJURIES TO THE INDIAN PLAYERS AS WELL AS LACK OF MATCH PRACTICE FOR THE INDIAN TEAM. PETERSEN WAS OUT 3 TIMES IN LORDS BEFORE HE MADE HIS DOUBLE-EVEN IN TRENT BRIDGE HE WS OUT LBW-PLUMP 2 TIMES BEFORE LUNCH.

  • POSTED BY on | July 29, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @Master01! Just imagine Anderson on this wicked, .... can't wait to see Indian Flat track bullies on this seamy pitch... no doubt, England is true No.1

  • POSTED BY awg3599 on | July 29, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    @Master01 The excuses are starting already and it's only lunch on day one!

  • POSTED BY Truemans_Ghost on | July 29, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @master01. Two 'would haves' in one post. Why do we even bothet playing the game since we know what 'would have' happened. We could have just decided from the team lists.

  • POSTED BY steve19191 on | July 29, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    @ Master01 Already making excuses !!!!! You confidence must be shot to pieces.

    LOL NO.1 team in the world yeah right......NO.4 by the end of the year mark my words

  • POSTED BY jupiterlaw on | July 29, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    England are in tatters now at 88/5. A few days ago they were insinuating that they are the best in the world, the ICC rankings, notwithstanding.