England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day

Dravid, Broad leave gripping Test in balance

The Report by Sidharth Monga

July 30, 2011

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England 221 and 24 for 1 trail India 288 (Dravid 117, Yuvraj 62, Laxman 54, Broad 6-46) by 43 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out

Rahul Dravid was solid during the morning session, England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day, July 30, 2011
Rahul Dravid scored his third century in five Tests, all in tough conditions, all after his 38th birthday © AFP

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  • Stuart Broad's hat-trick is the first by a bowler at Trent Bridge and the fifth by an England bowler since 1990. It is also the first Test hat-trick against India.
  • Rahul Dravid's 117 is his second century of the series and his 34th in Tests. His century tally brings him joint-fourth on the list of batsmen with most Test centuries.
  • Broad's 6 for 46 is his best bowling performance in Tests and his fourth five-wicket haul.
  • Broad became only the fifth England player to score over fifty and pick up a five-wicket haul in the same match against India. Ian Botham has achieved the feat on two occasions.
  • The 21 runs added by India for the last five wickets is the fourth-lowest aggregate runs for the last five wickets in Tests against England.
  • The 128-run stand between Dravid and Yuvraj Singh is the third-highest for the fifth wicket for India in Tests in England.
  • VVS Laxman averages 96.55 in the second Tests of series since January 2009 with two centuries and seven fifties.
  • The 93-run stand between Laxman and Dravid was their eighth fifty stand in the last 21 times they have batted together. Their last century stand came in the Sydney Test in January 2008.
  • Yuvraj's 62 is only his second fifty outside the subcontinent. Outside Asia, he has now scored 345 runs at an average of 20.29.

Deep into this series, if these two teams are level and if the injury list gets too long, we could have just Stuart Broad go against Rahul Dravid, and it would be a contest just as engrossing. On the second day of the Test, Dravid showed impeccable discipline, courage and skill in scoring his third century in the last five Tests before Broad brought England sensationally back, with a hat-trick and a spell that read 5.1-2-5-5 to keep India's lead to just 67. Dravid's support cast was stronger on the day, though: VVS Laxman charmed 54, Yuvraj Singh timed 62, and Ishant Sharma removed Alastair Cook before stumps to leave India ahead. For how long, though, is difficult to say in this Test with massive swings of fortune.

While there was much for both sides to be pleased about, there were major concerns too. England had trouble with injuries: Graeme Swann, who took a blow on the left hand while batting, remained ineffective after he came on to bowl in the 56th over, and Jonathan Trott might not be available to bat after he hurt his shoulder while fielding. India, on the other hand, lost wickets in two clusters: the first three for 46, the last six for 21.

All that with sun out, which made the conditions a touch easier, but it was hardly what batsmen would queue up to get a chance at. Two batsmen, though, the grand old men of Indian cricket, love exactly such challenges. And if injuries have put them in unusual batting positions, it becomes twice the fun. Dravid and Laxman came together when Abhinav Mukund fell first ball of the innings yesterday, survived the torturous last hour, and then played some blissful cricket in the morning, adding 69 in the first hour and a half, 56 of those in boundaries.

Their partnership was much more crucial and beautiful than the 93 runs might suggest. India's batting order was in disarray, they were coming off a disaster at Lord's, and the conditions were demanding. The two responded with positive yet tight cricket. Laxman played some gorgeous drives and mere pushes for fours through the off side, and Dravid exploited the vacant third man region. Laxman kept on pulling; it mattered little that the same shot resulted in his crucial dismissal in the second innings at Lord's. Dravid kept on leaving outswingers even marginally outside off, making sure he didn't repeat his crucial Lord's dismissal.

Both James Anderson and Broad swung the ball either way. However, the India batsmen, unlike yesterday, were not going to let them bowl where they wanted. The two hit four consecutive boundaries in the second and third over of the day; those 16 runs in four balls followed 24 off the first 100 legal deliveries of the innings.

The next hour was a masterclass, from Laxman in timing and placement, and from Dravid in holding one end up. Singles weren't bothered about. The first time they changed ends was in the 12th over of the day, when Laxman flicked one straight to fine leg. Only Anderson came close to getting a wicket, but the Hot Spot didn't register an edge off an outswinger.

The scoring-rate and the mesmerising stroke-play might have created an impression that the bowlers were not in the game had the England quicks not kept asking questions with the occasional inswinger or the extra bounce. The bat kept coming down in time for the inswingers, and although one of the short ones hit Dravid on the wrist, the two negotiated the bounce well. They had built a solid base for India before Tim Bresnan bowled the perfect outswinger to send Laxman back for 54.

Dravid, having popped a painkiller after the blow to the wrist, kept up the vigil. England showed they would keep fighting as they took out Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina to turn 93 for 1 into 139 for 4. Dravid, despite all the funny bounce, movement and momentary physical discomfort, stood resolute at 51 then. It was a clever effort. Out of those 51, 40 came in boundaries, fully utilising the attacking fields.

Stuart Broad is delighted to see the back of Yuvraj Singh, England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day, July 30, 2011
If it's the third session, it's got to be Stuart Broad © Associated Press

In a crucial spell for the match and for Yuvraj's career, Kevin Pietersen dropped Yuvraj on four. Unlike at Lord's India made England pay for that drop with a 128-run partnership, the biggest of the match. Apart from that drop, Yuvraj was authoritative and opportunistic against every loose delivery, especially against spin - 41 of his 62 came against Swann and Pietersen. For Dravid, the fields finally fell back, and he started working the singles. As the new ball approached, Dravid reached his third century past the age of 38, and India attained the lead.

Already in arrears, with six wickets to take, England needed some magic. A first-ever hat-trick against India would surely qualify as magic? Who else to turn to, then, if not Broad? He began with Yuvraj's wicket in the sixth over with the new ball. The ball both seamed away and kicked at him. In his next over, he drew one loose shot from MS Dhoni. Harbhajan Singh hit the leather off the next ball, but was given lbw, which reiterated what a stupid deal his board had brokered in the ICC meeting. Of course Harbhajan wasn't allowed a review.

On the hat-trick, Broad bowled the perfect delivery for Praveen Kumar, who doesn't like getting behind the line of the ball. Through the bat-pad gap it rattled the off and middle stumps, kicking off Broad's much-deserved gun-slinging celebrations straight from a Western. Dravid, helpless at the other end, now looked for quick runs and upper-cut straight to third man.

Fifteen entertaining runs later, Ian Bell ended the Indian innings with a special short-leg catch. India took a quick wicket to pull some of the momentum back. Over all, India, who pride themselves on making comebacks, were up against a side matching them on that count. Promising days lay ahead.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by shinas on (July 31, 2011, 13:05 GMT)


Posted by Master01 on (July 31, 2011, 11:03 GMT)

England are just about managing to compete this test against an India side without Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer. Three of the best players in the world. When India has our full team back, we will beat you

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 9:38 GMT)

the number 1 team please stand up

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 9:34 GMT)

I want the England team to do special batting performance to put enormous pressure over India. I want the home team to add at least 400 runs to it's yesterday's overnight total of 24-1 as it has got great depth in it's batting to utilize fully and nicely. All the best to u England.

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (July 31, 2011, 9:30 GMT)

Dhoni, bhaji what are they doing in test team. They are wasting the team 11 spot, there are lot of talented youngster to expecting and waiting for a chance.Through him out and bring back Pujara give a chance to mishra instead of baji and captaincy will give to sewhag.

Posted by chuckmuchingo on (July 31, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

@Shrikar_11 your comments about Broad are ridiculous. A hatrick is as rare as a triple century. Why can't you actually just congratulate him? Using your skewed and spoilt-sport type of attitude should we also say that Dravids 100 was no big deal because Laxman, Trott or Cook could have played that type of innings? Absolutely not! Dravid and Broad were both magnificent. Let me remind you that Broad has now had 5 dolly catches dropped and one plumb LBW not given, so he should have 16 wickets. He has been incredible!!

Posted by Arvi02 on (July 31, 2011, 9:21 GMT)

Rahul has set an example for the batsmen in either side, that how to score on such pitches. especially Dhoni should take a lesson from the master.

Still india is in good position to win the match. 2 early wickets especially KP's wicket and Trott already out due to injury.

And if Bhajji cant perform in 2nd inn, india should go with Mishra.

Posted by Amit.Rocks on (July 31, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

what the dravid has done for india in the same way broad has done for england. england has the edge but if india do something special an thing is possible. In all it's a fighting test match.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 9:07 GMT)

Omario, talking about the Indian fan club? what about the England fan club of Nasser Hussain, Artheton, Tony, Boycott etc? they are no less biased in the commentary and assessments than what you blame Harsha and co to be. the series will go from england on top to tantalising to India on top. there is no way england are going to win the 3rd and 4th test with sehwag and zaheer back. india just threw it away in the 3rd sessions of both days. cant see it happening again as the no 1 side gets into their groove in the series. enlgand needed an underccoked side and an injured zaheer to win the first one... they are by no stretch of imagination the best test side there is.. however, given the scorecard, the match is tightly poised. we ll see what happens

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 9:02 GMT)

note my words, india will loose this match too.

Posted by chad_reid on (July 31, 2011, 8:47 GMT)


Posted by amit_chandna on (July 31, 2011, 8:40 GMT)

dhoni will make a hundred n then india will bear him for another 10 tests.DRAVID LAXMAN india have only two betsman of test standerd.i think india should only play t20 cricket coz it needs no skill whatsoever.flat pitches tame bowling n then comes the helicopter shot.ahhhhhhhhhh shame dhony

Posted by Aussies_No.1_4Eva on (July 31, 2011, 8:39 GMT)

Rahul Dravid is a legend but I wouldn't pay a single cent to watch him garden the pitch for days. If Sachin doesn't play in the second innings, he might as well pack his bags and return back to mumbai...wat a joke he is...he struggles against top quality pace all the time. Cook, well he is a typical pommy..plays like a child. He is overrated and a nuisance to watch like his fellow South African team mates friends, Trott, Strauss and KP.

Posted by nikhilranjan94 on (July 31, 2011, 8:31 GMT)

All the criticsl can say all what they want but England's only chance to attain No.1 is at Trent Bridge. From the 3rd Test onwards, India are gonna field their best side with the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer returning to the squad. England won't even be anywhere near to the strength of the Indian team.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

Dhoni has to move up his batting order to get his form back.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 31, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

@tim3237; mentioning Brearley & Dhoni in the same sentence!!!!... Mmmm...!

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (July 31, 2011, 7:58 GMT)

Another enthralling match after lords, with India in a slight ascendancy especially if they can take a couple of early English wickets. England need to build a partnership of the Dravid/Yuvraj mold to build a 300+ run lead. It was another Great innings by Dravid, its a pity he doesnt get the same level of 'worship' that SRT gets. Broad was on fire with the new ball, especially when India were looking to take the game away from England.

Posted by tim3237 on (July 31, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

At present Mahendra Singh Dhoni to India is what Mike Brearley was to England!!! Innovative style of captaincy but poor performances with the bat.........need to see how long MS stays in the Indian team just coz of his captaincy skills!!!!!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 7:51 GMT)

dont put hell on MSD please open your other eyes and look at the Strauss performance this year

Posted by SunnyBoy_1001 on (July 31, 2011, 7:49 GMT)

It is not right to criticise Tendulkar because Dravid scored a century and Sachin failed. Both Tendulkar and Dravid are masters of cricket. People have to remember before the arrival of Dravid and co, it was Tendulkar who carried the burden of Indian cricket. Tendulkar and Dravid have different style of playing andboth are mastets in their style. Criticising either one is like criticising suger because it is not salty or critising salt because it is not sweet. We should be happy that when one fails the other stands up, like in SA when Dravid failed Tendulkar suceeded and when Tendulkar failed here Dravid is suceeding. What we should hope for is that both players to sudeed in the same match. Then that will be a treat to watch. If that really happens then the opposing can kiss that match good bye.

Posted by Jay_N on (July 31, 2011, 7:47 GMT)

@omario Have you heard sky commentary they are same everywhere. Gone are those days when commentary used to be neutral. This is a commercial era so we better get use to it.

Posted by Shrikar_11 on (July 31, 2011, 7:37 GMT)

I don't know what all the fuss about broad is about, he had a new ball on a seaming pitch against the tail and he got a hat trick, big deal, any of anderson, sreesanth, praveen, tremlett or zaheer could've done the same, but its broad that the media loves at the moment. Also, I find the english suspiciously quiet after all the statements they were giving about how they were number one before this match began, i look forward to the silence growing as they are made to eat their words as the series goes on.

Posted by omario on (July 31, 2011, 7:21 GMT)

The tantalizing test series would be slightly more appealing if most of the commentators did not act like the members of India fan club, Gavaskar topping the list. Shastri is a little more circumspective and Harsha is palatable. Wasim is a terrible commentator with a keen sense of the obvious and like a newly convert bends over backward to high praise Indian players to please Indian supporters and co-commentators. Alan Wilkins is more Catholic than the Pope and shamelessly panders to Indian colleagues, fans and hardcore supporters.

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 31, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

england still batting at 6.00m tonight.goodnght india. lead of 280 cannot see india getting them. pity tremlett was not playing he would have loved this wicket, dpk

Posted by Sashank_sharma on (July 31, 2011, 7:19 GMT)

@ Sachin: no doubt sachin is a legend...But u ll have to accept one thing that sachin often fails to perform in pressure....Often has taken over him and especially the numbers 90 and 100s disturb him a lot... I wish he takes least pressure and plays other wise i am afraid he is not going to score a century in the entire series both tests and one days....

Posted by perl57 on (July 31, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Sachin did not perform. But this is not crucial match. If you can say, everytime, after Sachin gets out, that it is a crucial match, then I can say, it is not. Only those matches which Sachin scored are the crucial. Shameless frats are you!! Dravid scored and let us stay there. No need to hurt others for it. What did Dravid do in WC Final? Nothing. Thats what counts...how does that look? Stupid...right? If not Same, similar is the case here. Show some respect to the world class entertainers. Any other team, they would have been rolled over. Because it is India, England is still into third innings. Had bhajji been not out (Thanks to DRS support whole world is utilizing and keeping India in negative check.) we could have atleast went beyond 100 lead. So all you picks out there, please shut up.

Posted by desoler on (July 31, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

when dravid performs he becomes better dan sachin n laxman, when sachin performs people say dravid and laxman should now retire, when laxman performs almost many indians are not watching the game bcoz he performs when evry1 thinks it's all over. they all are performing quite consistently wid their own touch...they all are great but at the same time people like dravid, laxman, ganguly are not praised as much as they deserve bcoz sachin has taken over,,,,but personally i like all 6 batsmen same and i dnt over criticize or over praise these people bcoz ultimately a team wins

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 7:01 GMT)

all hail dravid.. n hard luch sachin.. prove wot u r in 2nd innings

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

Excellent: 'Please leave Sachin alone' is the Indian version of 'Please leave Britney alone'. Love it!

Posted by shakeal on (July 31, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

Going by the performances of the ongoing test series and also the windies series , we should have kept parthiv patel in the side, he is not only a capable batsman but also an opener ,Indian would been benefited on both counts, Dhoni's dream test run may not continue for long coz the the skipper should have a place for himself in the side first, with this form he is just a tail ender,bringing saha in place of Parthiv doesn't sound good to me,Lets keep our fingers cross, two days of good and consistent cricket and we are back on track 1-1 in the series will make it good and eventful series ahead , being at the top of ICC ranking means only through consistent performances from all , including sachin , its high time that he too starts kicking.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

Hey all,

Why does u all bring up Sachin when Dravid has succeeded something? Its either from Dravid Fans to praise him more than Master of Cricket or from Sachin fans to push down the Legendary Wall Dravid's contribution and pride he deserved. I believe the later only starts this issue mostly. Both are great players (Legends) - that too serving for INDIA. So we should be proud of it. Don't ever stand against or insult ur own legends please. We need both of them for Best Indian Team.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 31, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

what happened to people here..why r they fighting for Sachin, Dravid? people from different countries fight for their countries...people from same country fight for their favorite players.

Posted by Full-Blooded-Wallop on (July 31, 2011, 6:22 GMT)

@Kanth markala-- seriously man! remaining not-out is a batsman's fault :P can just laugh at the logic which you just provided! surprises me to see that some people don't have an iota of respect for a captain who has done the best for India.shame on guys!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Predictability in this Test is taking a beating time and again. It is tough to venture what might happen today. (I had looked forward to a comfortable India lead-at least 150+).

Posted by AjitNarayan on (July 31, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

I don't see the need to bash Sachin Tendulkar here. He is just going through a phase after his good form in the last 2-3 years. It seems as if people have already forgotten what he did (and Dravid did) in SA and should get off his back.

Posted by rahulcricindia on (July 31, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

guys cricket is a team game ....as shown in the yesterday's day out despite heavenly performance from dravid ...the match is somewhat in balance due to rest of lower order guys doing badly..and surely not all the batsman can play well at all time...in recent 2-3 years rahul was not performing well and sachin was quit consistent...so this kind of things happens in cricket..the criticizers will do their job by criticizing either rahul or sachin whoever not in form...but it is the team that really matters...look at the guys complementing each other well in the team ..when other is not doing well ...the another one will stood up....its the team that matters only true cricket fan can only realize that.........

Posted by sameer111111 on (July 31, 2011, 5:51 GMT)

@Chinni gadu: Wasnt talking about ODIs mate. Only test cricket. Btw, when did Sachin score against Australia in Old Trafford???? And you are telling to look at the statistics. I would advise you to look beyond the statistics. A double century against Bangladesh in Bangladesh would certainly increase your overseas average, but it dosent compare to a fighting 80 when the team is 100/6 on a lively pitch against Australia. Thats where the likes of Lara, Laxman, Dravid are miles ahead of Mr Bharatratna.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

@chinni gadu... YEs indeed sachin is a great batsmen of ol tym but dude he is selfish. I still wonder y he can't open in tests if india need it. I can't wonder y laxman is coming ahead of him if india need a no.3 player to cope with dravid's absence.. But still i believe sachin is one of the bests of ol time. Personally he was my favourate player untill dravid took that place during his 2002 performances.. And yes believe me dravid and laxman are far more better player than him in tough situations and that is for sure.His average was around 59 till his 101 test matches far ahead from any player during that time. But class of sachin is excellent. The shots he plays are mindboggling but conventional shots of dravid are sublime. I m a dravid fan and yes i like his batting . I will say that there is no point in comparing sachin and dravid and yes dravid is overshadowed by sachin's presence in indian cricket. Last thing i wanted to say is i want indian tean to perform as a tem n india 2 win

Posted by SachinLara1 on (July 31, 2011, 5:28 GMT)

when sachin scores century and india loses people blame him.also when sachin doesn't score century people blaming him..so how does a player know which match will be the winning one????plz leave him alone..

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 5:27 GMT)


Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

I have no voice for sledging,

I cannot make a speech,

I have no gift of power,

I know I cannot teach.

I am no good at leading,

I cannot 'organize,'

And anything I did would never win a prize.

But at overseas tests and difficult conditions,

I always answer 'here.'

When others are performing,

I lend a helping hand.

After the match is over,

I praise its every part,

My words are not to flatter;

I mean it from the heart.

It seems my only talent is neither big nor rare,

Just to play and tap the ball all day long with all the flare

But all the gifted people could not so brightly shine,

Were it not for those who use a talent such as mine

- A tribute to the great Wall of India - Rahul Sharat Dravid

Edited one of my favourite poems in his trubute

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 4:39 GMT)


Posted by Joby_George on (July 31, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

I cant believe this...really i cant believe this..the way MS batted in this series so far. His tactics has been so poor and as a captain team needs more from you. Also media over rated and even made articles read to celebrate sachin's 100th ton & he might also be dreaming so badly about it and the result is that , as we all knows, he can never perform under pressure, we have seen him struggling after reaching 90' to complete 100. Dravid, you are the man, truely you, VVS and Zaheer deserves the full credit to India's No.1 ranking. All the best, lets hope Dravid, VVS will do it for us in the second test.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (July 31, 2011, 4:28 GMT)

rahulcricket007 - I hope the rumors you heard abour Dravid retiring are wrong - India needs Dravid lot more than Tendulkar

Posted by Kashi0127 on (July 31, 2011, 4:26 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy - you are right India has several great (non performing selfish) players like Sachin

Posted by Kashi0127 on (July 31, 2011, 4:25 GMT)

What's hilarious is how much Sachin hype is there! You watch the Indian side of Cricket channels - every time Sachin fails or someone else shines during breaks (like lunch time) they show some unconnected 5 year old match where Sachin hit a hundred however incosequental that hundred might be. Newspapers are no better!

Posted by SunilRaj on (July 31, 2011, 4:24 GMT)

The Indian tail has been a big liability for a long time now on seaming conditions.Even Dhoni is just as good as a no. 11 when the ball is seaming and swinging. I would count it as a bonus if he can survive even 10 overs on these conditions.

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 31, 2011, 4:18 GMT)

@ Harmony111 yea right too complex for commoners to understand and needs the patience of a saint to be able to succeed especially test batting.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 4:12 GMT)

@sameer11111 wow u made some excellent points which are baseless.. 1. Sachin century against 2011 vs safrica----Draw 2. Sachi century in sharjah-won 3.sachin 117 against australia cb seies-win 4.Sachin century against australia 1990 oldtrafford -draw match

if u still want i can state 17 more match winning or match saving innings....all his briliant innings are in vain bcz of poor bwling attack or lack of support from other batsman... recently we hav seen this in worldcup matches against safrica and england wickets were fallen like cycle stand.........so dt ever try to comment Sachin without valid reasons ...............SACHIN IS LEGEND ........AND FOR THE CRITICS AGAINST SACHIN LOOK AT STATS HE IS THE PROLIFIC RUN SCORER AGAINST AUSTRALIA ENG SAF IN THEIR HOME TURF.. SO PLZ LOOK AT STATS B4 COMMENTING.....SACHIN ROCKS

Posted by chapathishot on (July 31, 2011, 4:10 GMT)

@ Herath UK :When did Srilanka got a first innings lead in the test series .Can you confrim that .When they looked like they were competing in the match .Lucky that most of the matches were cut short by rain otherwise 3-0 to England

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 4:04 GMT)

I remember the hatrick by Harbhajan in 2001 against Aus. They were No.1 during that time. It require huge performances to derail No.1 side, and Broad is doing that. We need to wait and see if India can do a come-back.

Posted by Sheela on (July 31, 2011, 4:02 GMT)

Dhoni is merely gloved/glorified long stop (as Jack Fingletone used to say about modern wicket keepers). His defence is not upto the mark and this has resulted in his failures in Tests. In T20 and 50 over games, one can get away because the intention of the opposing bowlers is primarily not to concede runs and taking wickets secondary though wicket taking would reduce the run rate. It is high time that batsmen with suspect defences are not included for Test matches as also who play reckless shots irrespective of the situation.

Posted by gaurav_adi on (July 31, 2011, 3:54 GMT)

Broad's hattrick shows that this pitch has still a lot in it for the bowlers. Indian bowlers should not think about how much they would like to chase on this pitch and just bowl in the right areas with attacking fields. Had they continued doing the same on 1st day post tea, they could have bowled out England for around 160. Broad might have taken the hattrick , but for me the man of the test so far is Dravid. I don't think England has any batsmen of his caliber, so if our bowlers bowl well with an attacking intent, then they should be able to dismiss England within 200-220. If any of England batsmen bats extremely well inspite of that, then England have a better chance of winning this test. I think India will find difficult to chase anything beyond 220-240 in the last innings.

Posted by JustIPL on (July 31, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

Simply it is Broad India have no plans against. His all round performance is the key in this match. He now has two fifties like dravids two hundreds. India are having a rough ride whether it be gayleless windies or straussful somerset or this broadful english team. The sayiing is 'first accept then improve' if india accept broad as a threatening allrounder only then they can improve against him otherwise just keep reeling. My prediction is he will take 10 in this match no matter whatever dravid does. Broad will be the man of the match.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 3:41 GMT)

These Indian fans are very funny... if Sachin score a 100 they say him a god.. if he gets out early in couple of matches they show no respect to the bugger and asked him to leave.. .. same with Dhoni.... I think hes the best captain India had ever had... Come on guys just watch the matches and give them a break... Matches sometimes lose some time win...

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 3:33 GMT)

Hi 360review. Can you please go 10 years back when Bhajji got his hat-trick. If you see that dismissals as a neutral point of view, dont you Bhajji was bit lucky then to get that. So, Bhajji should not or will not complain as he or anybody with common sense understands that some luck is required in these kind of scenarios Hi 360review. Can you please go 10 years back when Bhajji got his hat-trick. If you see that dismissals as a neutral point of view, dont you Bhajji was bit lucky then to get that. So, Bhajji should not or will not complain as he or anybody with common sense understands that some luck is required in these kind of scenarios

Posted by strategic_blunder on (July 31, 2011, 3:21 GMT)

Im a big fan of Dhoni but he has looked very scratchy this tour so far (and also in the WI tour). Captaincy is still good but as a player he seems to be struggling, keeping is looking less assured and batting much worse. Not sure if it is due to his limited ( yet effective) technique or pressure (of an unstable side, of a hectic workload, of slow over-rates etc). Captain and wicketkeeper rotation policy, someone?

Posted by myers74 on (July 31, 2011, 3:19 GMT)

As an Aussie I am loving this battle between two of the top three teams. India have Cook's number, however the English are really fighting hard. I am loving the fact that England at no stage has given up and that has shown since that first test where good ol Panasar (may he rest in cricket heaven) batted to save a match and turn a series. India doesn't yet have me convinced that it is a great side - I feel that England and South Africa could beat them any given day. It is continuity that they are lacking. I do believe that if India win this series then they can rightfully call themselves the number 1 team. What a fantastic time for cricket!

Posted by Kashi0127 on (July 31, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Yet again a Tendulkar failure in crucial match, critcal conditions. So he performs as alwys when there is very little relevance!

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (July 31, 2011, 2:49 GMT)

Dhoni has once again proved that he is a non playing captain especially in test matches. We cannot count him as a batsman except in IPL, you will see him more in advertisement than at the crease. In recent memories, he has not played a decent innings in Test matches.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 2:48 GMT)

India looks to have the edge. But India must bowl well. Indians assume that wickets will fall in such pitches just by running in and bowling fast. The way the Broad and Swann tore the Indian attack shows how very fragile this attack is. Even on such wickets there is no guarantee unless you put in that little bit extra. Ishant is doing that but Praveen and Sreesanth seem to be holding back in the second innings. Sachin will get his 100th 100 at the Oval where it will be more friendly for the batsman vis-a-vis swing bowling.

Posted by Rajag4ever on (July 31, 2011, 2:06 GMT)

India will quickly loose top position in tests as soon as Dravid and Laxman retire. It is hard to imagine India in top 3 rankings in tests without Dravid and Laxman.

Sehawag, Dhoni, Raina and others are playing in subcontinent dead pitches. Who has guts to play in difficult swing and/or bouncy pitches in England, SA, Australia other than these two greats Dravid and Laxman ? Sachin sometime play on tough pitches but he never delivers whenever there is a pressure cooker situation.

It is going to happen same to India as what happened to Australia after their top players retired.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (July 31, 2011, 1:53 GMT)

i have heard rumuors in news that dravid will retire after the australian tour later this year . i hope it remain rumour . dravid we need you for at least 2 years .

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 1:44 GMT)

A really good game! Indian are still ahead as England are effectively two down with Trott unlikely to bat. England still need to be batting at the end of today to have a good chance of winning. On this pitch it might be just possible to win with a lead of 250+ but England have to be aiming for 300 or more. Not sure if they'll get it, fingers crossed!

Posted by Marcio on (July 31, 2011, 1:38 GMT)

Like most non-Indians, I suspect Flower was just overjoyed that finally a bad LBW call finally went against India, @Ashish Bathini. Umpires have clearly been intimidated by constant Indian bullying on the field and at administration level, and are scared to give Indians out LBW. That is the only conclusion I can draw from two years of ongoing reluctance to give Indian batsmen out LBW.

Posted by Yusuff on (July 31, 2011, 1:26 GMT)

Although the tour's highlight was supposed to be Sachin's 100th century only Dravid and laxman have been performing well. Sachin, Dhoni & Raina are yet to find their touch. It's these Batsmen who can make a difference and help India's outside record and Retaining the No.1 spot. Common India u can do it. If broad can score 64 runs why can't the Indian Batsmen do it. Its all in the mind. Just concentrate and deliever. Sachin just focus and deliever. Dont bother abt the Magic figure. Nobody can equal u. We all know that. All we need is a good fighting at the same time Dominating innings from u. All the best Team India. Make this test count.

Posted by RaamSaran on (July 31, 2011, 1:22 GMT)

India missed a great opportunity of batting England out of the game. If two more batsmen (apart from Dravid, Laxman, Yuvraj) had batted with a little more patience and a little less flair, India would be on solid footing to level the series. Due to some irresponsible batting and an excellent spell from Broad, the match hangs in balance. After the hard work had been done before lunch on day two, Indian batsmen lost their way. The review system (being absent for lbw) hurt India today as well. Harsha Bhogle and Nasser Hussain beautifully stated that review system for this series is applicable for the Outside edge of the bat and not the Inside edge. Kudos to them for putting it so aptly. Is one side of the bat any different from the other side? Is BCCI listening?

Posted by Crazy_Cricket_Fan on (July 31, 2011, 1:15 GMT)

@indian1980@ couldn't agree more.

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 0:53 GMT)

Why is Harbhajan so disappointed about the decision against him. India is always against DRS and now they complain when decisions don't go their way. Hilarious!!!

Posted by EdRNZ on (July 31, 2011, 0:51 GMT)

I am beginning to think that Sachin may get stuck on 99 international hundreds, which admittedly would make for some nice symmetry with Bradman being short of his 100 average...

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 31, 2011, 0:34 GMT)

@5wombats, I agree with you regarding Broad he was/is performing very well in this series. You are right India batting lower order failed because they should have scored another 80 runs but when you said "India batting shambles without RD" you have proved that you are a biased ENG supporter. I was surprised when you are supporting ENG batting who utterly failed. India has many players who performed well in this test at crucial times but ENG has only 2 players one is Broad who really saved ENG in every inning (both bowling and batting) and next is Pieterson in first innings first test though he was very lucky for that crucial catch (wrong umpiring).

Posted by vijaykanth59 on (July 31, 2011, 0:23 GMT)

I was wondering how did the author confirmed that laxman had edged it even when hotspot showed nothing and sniko showed sound only after the ball paased the stumps..would like to know the equipment he is using.. may be we can add that to DRS as a mandatory thing...

Posted by cricfan800 on (July 31, 2011, 0:20 GMT)

What a wonderful test match one side there is ton and one side there is a hat-trick!Superb test match!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 0:17 GMT)

Divine justice.. Yuvraj hit broad for 6 sixes ..broad now gets him out to get a hattrick!

Posted by   on (July 31, 2011, 0:13 GMT)

Well Played Dravid &

Very Very Special Laxman

Posted by Angad11 on (July 31, 2011, 0:07 GMT)

What a game of cricket this is turning out to be. Great spell from Stuart. I agree with most people about Dhoni N Bhajji. I like Dhoni, but I think he is not technically sound for English conditions n his keeping is not helping as well. Either he must learn quickly how to bat here or give way. I doubt none of them will happen.

Posted by spinkingKK on (July 30, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

You can always say that the fortunes are swinging in any match. However, I don't think the fotune has ever swung in this match so far. It has always been India from the beginning. Even when England were 120 odd runs for 8 wickets, there is no assurity that England are going to fold soon. Because, England bat too deep down. So, 221 was a good achievement. Then, India always looked like they were going to make a lead. However, with the long tail + MS.Dhoni, India always going to find it difficult after the loss of 5th wicket. So, they folded. But, they have an healthy lead. India has been always ahead in this match so far. However, England always had the chance of fighting back. With, effectly, only having 8 wickets in hand, England are definitely behind still. Hopefully, the Indian captain doesn't bring his personal prejudices to the ground.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 23:49 GMT)

1. Harbhajan being given out when he had a clearly visible deflection from the bat was a blatant ERROR. So much so that a Village green Umpire would not have given that out. 2. For more than 1900 test matches Umpires did not use any technology. 3. Whatever India's reasons for not using technology assisted referals for LBW, it is no justification for their batsman or England's batsman being at the end of such bad decisions. 4. Mr. Mongia has falled in to that trap of blaming the error on the Indian board's decision not to use LBW referals. 5. If such a decision had been made by an Indian Umpire in a home test in India- before neutral umpires were used, the English Media would have been full of Insults for India 6. Please do not ins0ult us by using the fact that India did not agree to LBW referals as JUSTIFICATION for blatant Umpiring ERRORS. 5. If I was Broad I would not be entirely happy at being credited with a Hat Trick when the second wicked was so blatantly NOT OUT

Posted by ricardowill on (July 30, 2011, 23:47 GMT)

For a number 1 team ranking India surely is struggling to get 300 runs in a test match.

Posted by phoenixsteve on (July 30, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

@Everybodylovesachin.... you say Tendulkar is "the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen" Hardly! I think Don Bradman, Brian Lara, Gary Sobers, Viv Richards, Jack Hobbs and even Jacques Kallis would be equally or even better qualified for this title? All the Indian fans seem obsessed with his 100th hundred but he doesn't look like making a fifty at present. He's been a very good player and maybe the best Indian to play the game but let's not get carried away? So far he's looking very ordinary and having difficulty coping with English bowling...... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 23:29 GMT)

MSD needs to do some serious work on his batting,maybe instead of ipl he should go for some county cricket..

Posted by ashes61 on (July 30, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

Celebrate cricket at its best - which means Test cricket. A wonderful day's cricket at Trent Bridge by two national sides trying their hardest to get on top. The game is in the balance. England have players who haven't yet contributed greatly to the series, but India have more. Which is not to say they won't tomorrow, or later in this match. May the bettter team win.

Hopefully, all those who have been weaned on the shallow, moronic, one-dimensional instant gratification (to match their limited attention span) provided by T20 will realise how much they've missed, and how much more satisfying the real thing is. Not only that, but now they'll recognise how much T20 has damaged India's performances at the top of the game (i.e Test cricket). When those 3 or 4 stars soon retire, who will replace them in India's Test team? A generation of hopeful sloggers? Nothing wrong with T20 as a bit of light-hearted fun for kids, but when confused with the real thing, any player's game will suffer.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

Dhoni's batting became pathetic. If a captain performs well he encourages or demands everyone to perform like him. If captain himself his not able to perform he is going to hide is face from everyone, he cannot encourage or demand his players.

Posted by Trioboy on (July 30, 2011, 23:22 GMT)

Sachin is useless, Dravid is the true saviour of India. Cooks form is a worry. If England scores 450+ the should be able to wrap up the game.

Posted by rocket123 on (July 30, 2011, 23:13 GMT)

For few years since 2007, there have been people calling for Dravid to retire or otherwise selectors make the call on him. Remember, form is temp and class is permanent. In S.Africa, Dravid got good starts but lacked his usual focus and concentration and gave away his wickets but still his 30s and 40s were crucial at No.3 there. Now he is again showing his class against a team which is better than S.Africa. It is Dravid holding the fort for a decade now for the batting and all other batsman play around him because he is so solid at No.3. Above all, he does not shy away from opening whether he fails or succeeds unlike many stars in Indian team. That must go a long way for the legend in cementing his stature. Team India is today whut Dravid has made it since he took over the role of No.3. Without him, Indian could have not been able to stall bowling attacks comprising-2 Ws/Shoaib, Mcgraw/Lee/Gellispie. I would not like to hear anymore for calls for head until he decides himself.

Posted by suprabadh on (July 30, 2011, 23:01 GMT)

India has spoiled the opportunity to score runs during the second day of the second test against England and their batsmen cracked like nine-pins. Dhoni and Raina never showed inclination to stay and increase the lead. Dravid, The Wall, alone stood the BUM-BOOZER. Broad was wise in using the weakness of the tail-enders and he deserved the Hat-rick. The third-day is going to be very interesting with (whether) the DASHING BAT going to over-power the DISHING BALL. Well said, A proverb, MAKE HAY WHILE SUN-SHINES.

Posted by AnotherCricketFan on (July 30, 2011, 22:59 GMT)

Why do every one is predicting this as a Test that India is losing? English batsmen failed. Broad with some 20/20, ODI type hitting (aerial) got the runs. Yuvraj showed the same skills (wish Raina did that too) of ODI to put a nice score. I do not like Yuvraj and consider him to be a failure in Test but he did pull it through today.

India is well set to win this on VVS and Raina's shoulders. Mukund will knock up another 40+, VVS 40+, Dravid 40+ that is 120-150. The over hyped Sachin will get his usual 20 and Yuvraj (now that he scored a 50+) will fail in second innings and Raina will pull his special. Dhoni too will play for his place and guess there is a 50 coming up (and may be the match winning innings from him and guess who Harbhajan).

The whole India will go crazy praising that this is the best team ever assembled in history.

We, Indians, are crazy (say that in the same expression as in Asterix comics "The Roman's are crazy).

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 22:50 GMT)

How is it that i dont see flower coming up and saying we need drs since broad got away with a huge inside edge ?

double standards .. when tendulkar got away with one he made a huge issue about it .. now since broad got a hat-trick he is silent ..Grow up flower

Posted by 5wombats on (July 30, 2011, 22:49 GMT)

Nicely put @Harmony111 - and this one is turning into another cracker!

Posted by binojpeter on (July 30, 2011, 22:48 GMT)

Finally England has found a replacement for Flintoff in Broad.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 30, 2011, 22:35 GMT)

Trickstar, that's a very good point. When Graeme Swann has a poor innings it is news: he doesn't have very many. When Harbajhan Singh has a good innings itt's also news because it doesn't happen very often these days. He was totally outbowled in the 1st Test and is looking more and more like John Emburey at the end of his career, but without the weight of runs to compensate for a lack of wickets.

Posted by Finn92 on (July 30, 2011, 22:34 GMT)

What a great couple of Tests we've had so far, who said Test cricket is dead?

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

Broad was looking dangerous in all his spells. The other bowlers were not as threatening. With Broad looking for a hat-trick, it was unlikely that he would bowl a short ball and PK shouldn't have hung back on his crease....Both Harbhajan and PK seems to be just expecting the short ball always. In contrast, like the England tail-enders, Sreesanth was coming down the wicket and playing attacking strokes ...The match now depends on the Indian bowlers and close-in fielders .....

Posted by phoenixsteve on (July 30, 2011, 22:31 GMT)

What a great test match and advertisement for cricket and for justice! Justice was done becuse UDRS might have saved the Indian collapse? The same India that refuses to ratify what all other cricket nations are happy to accept! The batting of Dravid is something to marvel at and he is the cement holding a fragile Indian batting lineup together. VVS and Singh have aso shown great application and ability. Tendulkar looks like a rabbit caught in the headlights of English bowling - but this of course could change! Day 3 will proabaly decide the winner of this test match and currently India are slightly ahead. Much will depend on the England batting and Strauss, Bell and Morgan are due for a show.... It's been fascinating cricket and hats off to India they have shown some talent and belief. It's all great stuff and a wonderful advertisement for this great game! Congratulations to Stuart Broad for an exceptional spell of bowling. Sunday should be a gripping day? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 22:28 GMT)

Dhoni's average in one day matches is 36.43 from 6049 runs in 166 innings. Just because of 42 not outs his average is 48.78 which looks like world-class which is not realistic. In test matches 3066 from 89 innings = 34.44 and because of 9 not outs it is becoming 38.32 I wonder what is the point of using these NOT OUTS IN AVERAGE CALCULATIONS. In one day matches dhoni is just 36+ Average. Recently he is not playing at all, only way that he is going to play is just take away his money. Just give the money back once he gets older and don't tell him in advance………..:)

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (July 30, 2011, 22:24 GMT)

Hat-trick is because of BAD UMPIRING..I know this Umpire Eramus not good ICC should reiveiw his umpiring...He is BAD I can tell you that..

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (July 30, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

I have been posting comments about Dhoni so many times.. he is not a batsman for test One day Twenty he is good..He was Lucky because others were playing good now he has to chip in for good performance..Captain in the series need to show one captain's innings..let us see how he does it..I hope he is reading my comment.

Posted by hm007 on (July 30, 2011, 22:21 GMT)

While England will be upset with KP for the drop India will be upset with Dhoni for his irresponsible shot. I am not sure what the latter was thinking. While India cannot thank Dravid enough same is the feeling for Broad in the England camp. Even after the hatrick I though India still had some chance to make some runs but somehow Dravid lacks confidence in Ishant, I am not very sure why. Ishant has shown a lot many times that he always puts a price on his wicket, he always plays and moves like a proper batsman, may be a little late because he is a tail-Enders and lack of experience. If only Dravid had some faith in Ishant and trying to be around for little while longer lead could have been stretched near to 100. If we want to get better contributions from our tail we need to move Ishant ahead of others who because he is not in 20-20 mode like others I think at 22 years of age he has in him to be the Dravid of the lower order.

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin on (July 30, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

I think most people will forgive Sachin after having fever in the first test, and we know how he is gretest batsman world has seen , so it's forgivable unless your just looking to criticize for the sake of it.

Posted by Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on (July 30, 2011, 22:18 GMT)

Dravid is a team man. when asked to open he opens. BTW, why cant sachin open? he has opened before and is an opener in odi's so why cant he sacrifice and think about the team just once? why is he so selfish? Dravid has kept wickets, taken wickets, opened the batting, scored in difficult conditions while sachin is only after runs. Dravid is the true champion.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (July 30, 2011, 22:16 GMT)

Younger fans might not remember this but Parthiv P as a 17 year old was a gutsy batsman against Bond and Akthar. He displayed much effective technique away than Dhoni against quality teams. Dhoni's technique looks absolute street-level in non-sub continental conditions. The thing to decide is if MSD's wicketkeeping and captaincy is VERY good, then he stays in the team with some bonus runs as and when he gets them. But with other WKs Prior, Prasanna J,Musfiqur , Boucher all scoring runs does then MSD get the same latitude as a batsman in the team? I have predicted that Dhoni won't make it to Australia for World Cup 2015. Anyways, Indian selectors don't allow shelf life of more than 5 years by which he would have captained India for 8 (from 2007 till 2015 in ODIs).Parthiv will only be 29 in 2015.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (July 30, 2011, 22:14 GMT)

I was a stern critic of Dravid for his away series failures in past 4 years (SA twice, Eng once, SL twice and Aus once).Quite surprised at his sudden run of quality innings; that too 3 100s against good attacks (Fidel and Bishoo were good in WI).Perhaps he is lucky that selectors gave him a VERY long rope and did not force him to retire as they did Ganguly and Kumble in 2008. Showing that mind over matter can get you runs even if skills decline to a certain extent with age (as RD could not cope with Steyn and co. in SA immediately after showing form against weaker NZ ).Sehwag is badly being missed as his scoring rate puts matches out of reach for opposing teams. He could have scored fast in 1st innings in both Tests and that would have nullified Eng 1st innings and gained momentum for India. India is not scoring beyond 300 regularly for past 5 tests cos of Viru.Dravid has shown his class and pedigree after long abroad.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

@360 Review. Broad's hatrick is 'real' because of the idiotic playing conditions that are being used because of the BCCI. #youmadeyourownbednowlieinit I just hope that Tendulkar or Dravid get given out lbw to a ball that pitches a foot outside of leg stump and that the ICC grow the balls to tell the BCCI that they will play matches under the same rules as everyone else. #hardluckbhajinotyourfault

Posted by OliverWebber on (July 30, 2011, 22:01 GMT)

In the last 2 days we've seen outstanding bowling from India, a stunning fightback from the English tail, brilliant dominating batting from Laxman, Dravid and Yuvraj, each with their own unique style, and astonishing demolition bowling from Broad, just when it looked as though India were taking the game away. This is what test cricket is about! Thank you to both teams for a wonderful series so far - long may it continue.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (July 30, 2011, 21:58 GMT)

Very sure Sachin can't handle pressure; still he is nervous in his 90's; that also means he plays for records; but still he could be the 4th greatest batsman in the history of the game; it is because the way he played his best knocks in the 90's; the sweet sound we heard when he hit boundaries against the best bowlers; the personality; the first real world champion from India.

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 30, 2011, 21:57 GMT)

Indian collapse reminds the Sri Lankan collapse at Cardiff.Dhoni has not hit his strap yet which is very concerning as he has to lead from the front.If not for superb Dravid ,India would have got a good hiding. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 21:53 GMT)

The WALL Great batting maestros when fail to exhibit their stalls, there is THE WALL that never falls ; The red cherry may be in disguise for all, but its normal cricket ball for THE WALL; Fast furious yorkers may dismantle the defence of all, but proves harmless against THE WALL, for it stands TALL...

Posted by Trickstar on (July 30, 2011, 21:42 GMT)

@agam99 I think most people will forgive Swann after being sat in the hospital for a few hours last night and is bowling with a damaged hand, the pitch isn't turning at all but it's the worst he's bowled in over two years, so it's forgivable unless your just looking to criticize for the sake of it.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 21:40 GMT)

Dhoni's lack of form that has really hurt India in this series. No. 7 is a pivotal position for us, especially because we don't have Ganguly and Kumble anymore to provide that extra depth. Harbhajan is a handy batsman but you can't expect him to go out there and score everytime.

Posted by Daniel_Smith on (July 30, 2011, 21:38 GMT)

You know something? Let's count ourselves blessed that we're being treated such a great contest from two very good sides. The last series between India and England on English soil was close fought and gripping. This is shaping up to be exactly the same.

Whichever side wins, there's been some great cricket already and the fans are the winners.

Posted by loyalIndianfan on (July 30, 2011, 21:33 GMT)

Just to address people's criticism of Sachin when he fails...his last century in S.Africa enabled them to draw the 3rd test and if someone could have stayed with him they would have drawn the 1st test! Otherwise his centuries against Australia and Sri Lanka helped India to WIN! Lift up our sportstars they play under IMMENSE pressure day in & day out. We fail in our day to day lives with just meeting our own deadlines!

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

anyhow i think india has put themselves in an uncomfortable position because they got the best day to bat on a pitch drying up in sunshine. its clear as ive seen that this pitch is going to dry up and misbehave if the sun continues to shine. although india is accustomed to these dry pitches. i think the swing which is always there in england even when the sun shines is gonna give extra pressure as well with variable bounce off the pitch when india chases. if harbhajan struggles to make an impact on this dry pitch this time around, he should be dropped for the rest of this series. he cant even bat in these conditions either, because he doesnt have a great defensive technique to counter the moving ball. so i dont see the reason for him playing in this series.

Posted by tjsimonsen on (July 30, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

@360review: I am as much a DRS supporter as anyone here, and in my opinion Broad's hattick was genuine, authentic and it counts. Reason? It was taken according to the rules the game is played under. I could wish the rules had been different, but they aren't. End of story.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (July 30, 2011, 21:17 GMT)

I don't think anyone could have expected India's batting to be so fragile in this series. Three innings in and they are yet to get close to 300. One big facto favous England in this Test. Recent history shows that 200 is a big ask in the 4th innings at Tent Bridge and, while England's tail has repeatedly got runs, India are "6 out, all out". In a small chase, the fact that you can't rely on the last 5 to get the 30 runs to pull you over the line is a huge handicap. Tomorow's firrst session may decide this Test: if England can get to lunch losing only one wicket they will know that they can win the game.

Posted by Siddharth_zenox on (July 30, 2011, 21:14 GMT)

This is turning out to be a great test match. hmmm i thought till shewag, gambhir and zaheer comes in the Indians would struggle in these conditions.... but they are holding their own... a champion team is not determined by their talents alone... its about their attitude and guts to win with what they have... If at all India can come out of this series with holding the No 1 spot in test cricket..... they have the rite to call them champs!!!

Posted by g.jeevan05 on (July 30, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

MR.MSD has scored most of his runs in Sub-continental wickets,as his top 5 scores indicate.He can hit Sixes in India,but when playing in SA,AUS,ENG and even WI,he produces only one constructive innings out of 5 times.

Posted by a1234s on (July 30, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

let us wait a bit before we call Dravid a match winner in this series. His last hundred didn't win us the match. This match is still hung in balance, may be slightly in favor of India.

Posted by agam99 on (July 30, 2011, 21:10 GMT)

Wonder why no one is saying a word about Swann ? He was smacked all over by RD & Yuvi. 12 overs...76 runs...eco of 6.33 That does't look like figures of a world class bowler at all. Had same been happened about Bhajji , all would have bashed him to the core. Can't recall an innings where Bhajji was hit that bad with that eco rate and remained wicketless.

Posted by sameer111111 on (July 30, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

Another missed chance for Sachin to prove that he is a match winner. Whats mind boggling is that even after 20 years, 50+ centuries, close to 15000 runs, he really has failed to play innings of substances, innings that has really meant something to the team. Other than the Perth innings very early in his career or a sublime Cape Town innings in the late 90s (though in a losing cause again), the likes of Lara, Dravid, Laxman, Waugh, Ponting, even someone like Azharuddin have at least 7-8 innings better than his best. Most of the records he has is because of the sheer volume of cricket he has played. Even most of his double centuries has been quite forgettable, the best of the lot costing India a series win in Australia.

Posted by Iyer on (July 30, 2011, 20:57 GMT)

If england manage to set up a chase of more than 150, then India will most probably lose that game. This indian batting has a long tail starting from Dhoni.

Posted by Iyer on (July 30, 2011, 20:54 GMT)

I am telling you guys that unless we drop dhoni and bhaji, we are not going to be in a dominant position throughout the match. Even if we win this match due to some stellar individual performance, we should select the team for the third test based on merit. Dhoni and bhaji should not be selected and it is my humble request. Also send sehwag and zaheer to india and seek replacement. No point in having them in this tour hoping they would play a test or two. If a member is not fit to play the entire series then he should be send home. We don't have the luxury to carry such baggages. The guys are paid too much money and there should be no mercy shown towards them if they dont perform. They should be dropped without hesitation. Do not look at their past records in dead pitches and spin tracks. Look at the currnet english condition and look at dhoni / bhaji and assess wehther they are fit to be in the playing X1.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 20:53 GMT)

@scritty Snickometer showed that there was a sound only when the ball passed away from the bat. I think you hadn't checked the side angle image in that analysis. It's really dumb to say that only one team getting advantage from DRS. You english supporters making comedy out of it. Edges, lbws, umpiring aint depend on the country or traits, they depend on the situations and are purely random processes.@scritty Snickometer showed that there was a sound only when the ball passed away from the bat. I think you hadn't checked the side angle image in that analysis. It's really dumb to say that only one team getting advantage from DRS. You english supporters making comedy out of it. Edges, lbws, umpiring aint depend on the country or traits, they depend on the situations and are purely random processes.

Posted by indian1980 on (July 30, 2011, 20:45 GMT)

If India loose this test , Three people to blame Sachin, Raina and most important person is Dhoni. Sachin shouls stop worrying about scoring the century and dhoni if you cant't lead your team please quit the job. I think Raina still have another innings to prove his worth i hope he will do it. Thank god for Rahul.

Posted by johnson49 on (July 30, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

Todays play showed the best of test cricket, a magnificent innings from rahul dravid, which showed remarkable determination and patience and then an outstanding bowling display from broad. This is why we love test cricket!

Posted by Rupert147 on (July 30, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

360 review.

On TMS radio coverage, Sunil Gavaskar suggested after the Harbhajan dismissal that DRS was unreliable and these decisions were all part of the game and the players accept this. I assume he has to stick to the BCCI whether they are right or wrong. How quickly these guys forget from the comfort of the commentary box: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrp53wKHgb0

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 30, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

Great batting by Dravid, good support by Laxman and Yuvraj. Stunning bowling by Broad. He is having a Flintoff Run at the moment. This match reminds us all that Cricket is a very beautiful game. No other game can ever come close to this game in beauty, grace, skill, unpredictability, variety. Cricket is baseball, football, golf, chess, tennis, carom all rolled into one. Cricket is so complex that even the state of the art technologies such as super slo mo, hawkeye and hot spot are not quite able to meet the demands. This game has such esoteric concepts such as Reverse Swing, Doosra, Arm Straightening, D/L System that even most of the regular fans are not quite able to understand it. This game is actually many battles inside one war. This game nearly caused a row between Eng and Aus and yet Ind and Pak play it to promote peace. Makes me think: Why is Cricket not the most popular sport in the world? Is it because it is tooooooooo complex for the noobs to understand and play?

Posted by mosad_007 on (July 30, 2011, 20:17 GMT)

Swann MUST be fined by match Refree for kicking to the stumps when his balling was blasted by Dravid & Yuvraj. It's unacceptable in game of cricket. A couple of years ago, Chris Broad did the similar after getting out cheaply.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 30, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

BTW, where's Sachin hiding when the ball is swinging and seaming? Oh, a player (VVS) who is not better than him and behind him in the batting order has to jump over him and protect him and the paper 'god' continues to hide at number 4. Shame on Statsman Ramesh Tendulkar. Will he ever play for the team? And this is the same guy who cried hoarse when Ganguly and Dravid asked him to bat in the middle-order in ODIs. On the other hand here is Dravid, who doesn't like to open, but goes and puts himself in the firing line for the sake of the team. What a team man this rare genius Dravid is! Peoples ;), please don't insult Dravid by comparing him with Statsman Ramesh Tendulkar. Yes Sir, please come as per your comfort zone and put another of those centuries in your kitty and done with. At least then, we have a hope that you'll retire.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

As usual...same old fashion....never changing attitude....enough is enough...they should pull up their socks and must come to party soon.....this is not which is expected from top test team.....

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

2day india had a huge advantage 2 make a decent lead....bt once again our tailander got threatened by broad wonderful bowling performance nd once again dravid nd laxman showed their classy performance in test....nd uv came from nowhere 2make his mark on test format.....bt still indian bowler did a better job his time then the batsmens,as sreeshant nd sharma bowled with such disiciplin....that nw its very ovious 2 say that indian team has good bowling side,as they r nt just a batting side...bowler just need 2 show sum performance in batting as well like broad nd swann......who saved the match for england 2 a certain extent.....!bt still the match is in favour of india....!

Posted by anexpat on (July 30, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

I have written before that this Indian team have has only thee or four batsmen who are contibuting . Why should Dhoni not drop himself. Probably only once or twice he might have made any worthwile contribution. Rest he is as bad as Mukund and co. And what about Sachin? Should we forgive Sachin? I think India might have let the match slip from their hands after deprlorable batting dispay. Don't forget it was chris broadwho was sent to cleaners by Yvraj's massive six sixes. if one is good spoertsman to suggest this Chris is a far cry from he earlier one because he has made a tremendous improvemrnt then Indian youngters should take a note that a sporadic good display is not enough( Raina). Bhajji might have scored a few runs recently but against a quality attack he is a sacrificial lamb. As a bowler, well ! utterly useless.

Posted by Praxis on (July 30, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

Whoa! What happened with Broad? Before this series he was struggling to keep his place, now he keeps taking wickets. Brilliant!

Posted by m_ilind on (July 30, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

India threw away a good opportunity due to the lower order's poor batting. Seems like there is no batting left after 5 down. Just goes to show how much India misses Viru, he could have made a difference in this game amidst all the debate between Dravid vs. SRT.

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 30, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

360review iv know idea what u r on about. the english coach was saying to use the whole review, he could see the problem and called it right. as to the hat trick it no different to any bad desision its all part of the game, unless the revue system is used india did not want that part of the revue. as to broad read the newspapers tomorrow its a hat trick. dpk

Posted by MartinC on (July 30, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

Answer to 360 review from an England fan. No Broad was lucky and DRS should have been in place to get the right decision. Now go talk to your Board and tell them to join the rest of us in the 21st Century.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

While the whole of India is awaiting Sachin Tendulkars 100th International Hundred, we guys have been honored to watch the class of Rahul Dravid in meanwhile... He has stood like a wall defending the English pace attack... Hope to see him scoring more hundreds at the twilight of his carrier.....

Posted by Alexk400 on (July 30, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Broad was spectacular. He does n't seem that dangerous but he has knack of bowling perfect balls. I really think he is studying each batsman in film room well. Rahuld dravid , what can you say , he is real Hero of indian team. But in a world where God is evil , evil is God , truth is a lie , illusion (lie) is a truth , people worship false idols. :). I still can't say which side going to win. Which ever team fight to the end will survive. England must play all day. Only danger for England is some of sreesanth perfect balls. My advice for england is rattle him and hit him out of the attack and he will spray. Tomorrow will show the difference between boys and men. Real men fight tomorrow. good luck to both team. Dravid is greatest Test batsman ever except against steyn.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:54 GMT)

Sachin is definitely one of the great batsman of all time but not match winner specially in test matches. He played almost 170 test matches and there are only few innings that can be counted as match winning/saving innings. In the same era, Lara, Dravid, inzee ,Ponting and even Kallis (up to some extent) are also great batsman of all time but definitely match winners/savers.

Posted by bumsonseats on (July 30, 2011, 19:54 GMT)

i hope the non use of the referal system comes back to haunt india. the use was just to make that type of decision go out of the game, it was a shocker. but broad has brought england back into the game. i think england may need 350. and that could be very hard for india to get in the last knock. but england will have to bat very well to get that lead. sunday will be very tense affair. 60% - 40% in indias favour. dpk

Posted by scritty on (July 30, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

@360 review. True, and snicko showed Laxman was out. All three should be used together. THey need to speed snicko up - it takes a little too long

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

what a day of test cricket. whoever said that indian batters are out of form, should be reminded that england top order has already failed twice in their own conditions in 3 innings. As of the match, india have a slight advantage, but batting fourth will be very diffucult on this pitch, anything more than 250 is too much. England have shown to be able to bounce back, while india lack the killing touch. This may be crucial, as india aren't able to secure advantages. Tommorow's first 2 sessions will decide who has the overall edge. More than if England manage more than 275 lead, then its there game.

Posted by citizenkc on (July 30, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

I wrote yesterday that India would win the day and possibly the test if they had a score of 300 with a few wickets standing at the end of the day. Alas, despite a heroic performance by Dravid and a heartening innings by Yuvraj that was not be! A real weak link has been exposed in this series. If Dhoni fails at number 7, which he has consistently been doing, our tailenders fold without a fight. We are now almost back to the days of the three spinners when basically six or seven down was all out. There is no allrounder in the team, whereas England have Bresnan, Broad, and Swann, who can all bat. While we argue about the relative merits of Sachin and Dravid, the reality is that we will lose this series because Prior will outbat Dhoni and their numbers 8-11 will outbat ours, even as Laxman and Dravid watch from the other end. I credit this indiscipline to the IPL where tailenders rarely have to bat and when they do, they just fling their bat at everything hoping to connect. Sad, really!

Posted by SunnyBoy_1001 on (July 30, 2011, 19:43 GMT)

Congratulations to Dravid on a great century. The match is poised very nicely. If India can get England out for below 250, then India has a very good chance to win this game and level the series.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:42 GMT)

i want a doubt cleared... sachin tendulkar in all his greatness has 51 centuries to his name but i don't seem to remember how many match saving knocks he made or how many innings he played were actually beneficial for the team... whenever u talk bout coming out of a rut or winning from impossible situations the 2 names which come up are Laxaman and Dravid.. am not a sachin hater or an anti Indian fan..just want to know sachin in all his greatness, how much of a team player is he??

Posted by 5wombats on (July 30, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

All in all - a really fine, fantastic day's cricket! India's batting once again failed to pass 300 in bright warm sunshine and Stuart Broad showed that he is completely in the zone. Excellent Innings from Dravid - I even liked the way he said "well bowled" to Bresnan as he walked off. That is top quality sportsmanship. Dear oh dear Pietersen dropping Yuvraj.... Anyway, without Dravid's batting india would be a complete shambles. Someone from England has got to dig deep and play an innings like Dravid. I fancy either Strauss or Bell to do that. Bell is the most technically gifted of the England batsmen - just as Dravid is to india. Dravid has shown the benefit of good technique and temperament. Strauss also has the temperament. Meanwhile - if india have to chase more than 300, they'll fail - just as they have in their past 3 Innings, and if the weather gets cloudy they'll have no chance. The weather is closing in on Monday and Tuesday....

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:39 GMT)

It is always been a treat to watch when dravid n laxman playing together countering pace and swing.Though the conditions were tough our batsmen applied their technique very well.I said before that if we negotiate broad especially then there were no probs with others. And now it is the turn of sree and ishant to bowl them under 200.They have to bowl fuller side rather than bowling short.I admit that this test is evenly poised now.whoever holds their nerve will win the match.dhoni has to be in attacking mode tomorrow.Be aggressive n be patient you will definitely.

Posted by rajatgupta_indianfan on (July 30, 2011, 19:38 GMT)

While the scorecard may suggest advantage India to some extent, I think India did miserably and the momentum suggests it could actually be advantage England. Essential point is that India cant be chasing over 200 on this tricky wicket in the fourth innings with pressure to level the series. This is something which they would have known while inviting England to bat on the first day. They twice had a chance to chase much less then 200 and they are themselves to be blamed to squander that chance on both occasions. england should have been out for much less then 221 after 124/8 and India should have scored a lot more then 288 after 267/4. But its these finishing touches which India has not been able to give in last three matches. Inability to get Edwards out in WI in third test, inability to control English tailenders in both Ist and 2nd tests and complete meek surrender by Indian lower middle order in both tests. If India ends on the losing side, this would be to blame instead of bowling

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:37 GMT)

what score in 2nd Innings for england will be safe score. can team india chase 250 in this track

Posted by rajatgupta_indianfan on (July 30, 2011, 19:29 GMT)

While the scorecard may suggest advantage India to some extent, I think India did miserably and the momentum suggests it could actually be advantage England. Essential point is that India cant be chasing over 200 on this tricky wicket in the fourth innings with pressure to level the series. This is something which they would have known while inviting England to bat on the first day. They twice had a chance to chase much less then 200 and they are themselves to be blamed to squander that chance on both occasions. england should have been out for much less then 221 after 124/8 and India should have scored a lot more then 288 after 267/4. But its these finishing touches which India has not been able to give in last three matches. Inability to get Edwards out in WI in third test, inability to control English tailenders in both Ist and 2nd tests and complete meek surrender by Indian lower middle order in both tests. If India ends on the losing side, this would be to blame instead of bowling

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:24 GMT)

Dravid once again proved that in Testing Conditions, he is the best one available for India. Last Three Centuries he made, all were in testing conditions ..... Hail Dravid

We should be getting his services, till he is at his best and till he himself hangs up his boots.... Age, for him is just a number, similar to the number of centuries... By the way, he equaled Mr Gavaskar today..

Posted by 360review on (July 30, 2011, 19:21 GMT)

Now will DRS supporters, England fans and Flower consider Broad's hat-trick valid? Bhajji was given out even when the ball hit the bat first. Waiting for a response, anytime now.

Posted by RS_Cric_11 on (July 30, 2011, 19:17 GMT)

Test cricket at its best. It was nearly a perfect day for INDIA, before Board hit it back by taking his career best figure 46/6. What a match he is having, rescuing ENG from 128/8 with a blistering knock, then a 6 wicket haul. Great Job... If he can keep the tempo going, he can be the next best fast bowler all-rounder in the world. From IND's point of view, Dravid, the WALL, proves the merit by scoring the 2nd 100 of the series. Sachin n Dhoni must score else IND 'll have difficult time ahead. Right at this moment, its advantage IND in this test. Yesterday, I wrote, this test'll be d test of the best batsman (and scores on the board). So, there is no doubt that INDan batsman are better than ENG. Now its time for IND bowlers to show that they are also better than ENG bowler in their own den. If 3 wickets falls before lunch tomorrow, I predict an INDIAN WIN straight way.. else it 'll be anybody's game... but with 60:40 in INDIA's favour. C'mon INDIA, show us u deserve to be #1.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

Top days cricket, cant wait until tomorrow

Posted by Ellis on (July 30, 2011, 19:14 GMT)

India will rue the decision not to use the complete DRS well before the series is over. What sense does it make to allow Hot Spot for an edge to the keeper, or close-in, but not for one involving an LBW appeal? Laxman and Dravid apart, the Indian batting is shaky even though Yuvraj played a good innings. Tendulkar is out of touch so far, Raina is not confident, Dhoni is at sixes and sevens, and number 8 onwards are abysmal. The English fast bowlers have it over the Indian batsmen and always have them under pressure. The signs are not good for India, even Sehwag's return may not do the trick.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:10 GMT)

Dravid looked so solid and confident today..Feet were moving like a dream..Looks like Dravid is going to have second wind like SRT..Dravid renaissance continues.. May it last long..Dravid is the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by JustIPL on (July 30, 2011, 19:08 GMT)

This series will be remembered for Broad and Dravid for a long time to come. Broad's innings in the first test was the difference so keeping the stats it will be the difference now. 225 will be enough in the fourth innings. When tendulkar got out it was rising of a star and dusk of the veteran hero. Dravid after equaling gavasker and lara record proved that india needs these guys and there are no proper replacements. After the retirement of these level of indian team will match with west indies.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 30, 2011, 19:03 GMT)

What a fantastic knock by Rahul Dravid! He is always ready for the team to accept the toughest and testing roles. Can we call him Rahul 'Eveready' Dravid instead of Rahul Dravid, The Wall? My respect and admiration for him have gone up several notches not for the fact that he scored a century but for the fact that he is Eveready to accept the toughest roles in the most difficult conditions. He may or may not succeed at times. But he is Eveready to throw himself into testing and difficult situations. That's what counts. What a man! What a player! Hats off to this rarest of the rare genius Rahul 'Eveready' Dravid.

Posted by raza_87 on (July 30, 2011, 19:02 GMT)

Sachin is definitely one of the great batsman of all time but not match winner specially in test matches. He played almost 170 test matches and there are only few innings that can be counted as match winning/saving innings.

In the same era, Lara, Dravid, Ponting and even Kallis (up to some extent) are also great batsman of all time but definitely match winners/savers.

Posted by bobmartin on (July 30, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

"Harbhajan Singh hit the leather off the next ball, but was given lbw, which reiterated what a stupid deal his board had brokered in the ICC meeting." According to Nasser Hussain in the post match summary, India were offered hot spot for inside edges in LBW decisions but refused it. I guess that says it all about the intransigence of the BCCI with regards to the UDRS.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 18:54 GMT)

Dravid played an outstanding innings!

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

wat a turn around in test

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

DRAVID=RESPECT wall still so strong

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