England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day July 30, 2011

Pietersen's spill, Broad's burst

Plays of the day from the second day of the Trent Bridge Test between England and India

What spot of the day
England couldn't secure the breakthrough they dearly wanted (and felt they deserved the night before) in the early overs of the second morning, but thought they'd ended the second-wicket stand when they appealed for a caught-behind off VVS Laxman. James Anderson was convinced and Andrew Strauss called for the DRS only for Hot Spot to not show a mark. The third umpire heard a noise, but decided it wasn't conclusive enough to warrant a reversal and in the 23rd over of the innings England had used up their referrals.

Catch of the day
Stuart Broad's heart would have been in his mouth as Sachin Tendulkar's edge flew towards Strauss at slip shortly after lunch. Strauss hasn't been catching many of late and had spilled Tendulkar at Lord's. This time, however, there was no need to worry as Strauss watched it all the way into his hands and Broad had bagged Tendulkar for the second time in the series. Strauss continued to look alert when he provided back-up to Matt Prior by showing fantastic hang-time to prevent four byes from a Tim Bresnan bouncer.

Flinch of the day
Although Suresh Raina played superbly at Lord's there remains enough evidence that he doesn't like the short ball. England targeted him straightaway and third ball he got into a horrid tangle against Broad which resulted in him gloving over the slips. A short while later he lobbed another rising delivery over short leg and Broad's persistence soon paid off for Anderson. Raina, caught in the crease, drove away from his body and gave a simple catch to backward point.

Drop of the day
With India four down England had a real sniff. Then came one of those moments that can define a Test. Remember Graham Thorpe dropping Matthew Elliott at Headingley in 1997? While not quite of the same magnitude, Kevin Pietersen's spill at gully off Yuvraj Singh when the batsman had 4 was a momentum-changing slip up. It was a simple catch as gully chances go but it went straight to ground. Yuvraj continued to look uncomfortable against the pace but survived and tucked in against spin. Some of that spin came from Pietersen just to make his day better.

Punishment of the day
Graeme Swann had a painful hand when the day started and he had painful figures when it ended. In fact, he has never had a worse innings for England. No wickets and being taken for more than six an over. The injury may have been a factor, but surely not a huge one as it was to his non-bowling hand. Instead, credit should go to Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj who never let him settle - much as Michael Hussey attempted to do during the Ashes. Yuvraj swept him hard and Dravid picked off any error in length to leave Swann kicking the stumps in frustration. The match referee promptly reprimanded him.

Momentum change of the day
Pitch it up, Stuart. It was a simple cry and one Broad followed at Lord's with a serious impact and now he has reaped further rewards with a Test hat-trick. England had to strike with the second new ball and Broad took it upon himself with a spine-tingling burst. MS Dhoni edged to second slip, Harbhajan Singh was given lbw when he smashed it into his pad and Praveen Kumar got nowhere near a full delivery which shattered the stumps. Broad had been the third victim in the last Test hat-trick, taken by Peter Siddle in Brisbane, and now got to savour the moment himself.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Martin on July 31, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    @Meety; Aw, here we are having a lovely time and then a follower of the 5th or is it 6th ranked Test nation shows up. When it comes to England versus Australia - there is no such thing as luck, but when anyone else does well against England it is only ever soley attributable to luck. I should have thought that was obvious. Even so - even Australian bowlers might have been able to take wickets in those conditions on Friday morning - only 1 or 2 though :-) Keep watching @Meety - you might learn something...

  • Martin on July 31, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    @mathewjohn2176; jumping the gun a bit aren't we? And as for the sour grapes; "This is how England won against srilanka in the cloudy condition,I mean England lucky to win." You know as well as anyone that rain saved Sri Lanka from a much worse beating. Even so; "this England lustrous batting unit".... I LIKE the sound of that! - you'll get the chance to enjoy watching it again today. Thank you for supporting and following the team playing against india. Hi @Trickstar! I would have liked to have met you at Lords. Next time eh?

  • Andrew on July 31, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    @5wombats - LOL! During the Ashes you said I quote "I don't buy in to any talk about luck" Ha ha, now Dhoni is lucky? BTW, the Indians have shown previously that their tail can dig them out of trouble. -- -- -- India are on top in this match - but beforeany Indianfans think they have the series won, England also have a reputation of bouncing back from defeat, let alone being behind in a test. -- -- -- As far as UDRS is concerned, Indian fans please don't whinge on this site, vent your spleen at the BCCI for failing to embrace technology. I hope ALL line-ball decisions go against India UNTIL, the BCCI embrace the full use of available technolgy. This goes for any other nation that doesn't back the technology.

  • Ed on July 31, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    I bet $20 that Dhoni will be on a go slow with the over rate - and he'll get banned for the third test - that would be justice....

  • paul on July 31, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    Nivantha Tennakoon Got the lottery numbers for next week as well, seen as your obviously psychic. One things for sure if England can put on 300 or more, I wouldn't be wanting to bat last on that pitch. A lot will depend it Trott can bat today. Facts are, that twice now India have had, far the best bowling and batting conditions and failed to make it pay, if they don't win this test,imo I can't see the winning any.

  • mathew on July 31, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    @5wombat, you give good excuses already .This is what happens all the time England win tosses and put touring teams under cloudy condition and the England fans say ,Anderson n co are very good bowlers.You know as much as any other touring team this England lustrous batting unit don't know how to bat in swinging condition,oh forgot to mention that too in their home condition.This is how England won against srilanka in the cloudy condition,I mean England lucky to win .

  • chandana on July 31, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    MSD should swap with SRT batting spot just to see if their fates change. Both are having horrible series so far. In fact change in attitude may do them both good, because just like Sanga and Mahela they seem to be burdened by weight of expectation and the team's performance. One issue has been the early loss of wicket,; India badly need shewag but he has not played recently and may not fire .

  • K on July 31, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    Though I want India to win, this test could still go both ways. India chasing anything over 200 in the 4th innings is going to be difficult. Dhoni, Harbhajan and PK just don't want to bat. The way Dhoni got out today showed no respect for Dravid at the other end. Dhoni does not deserve to be in the test team. He pushed Dravid out of the one day team because he thought Dravid was too slow. India will suffer if they continue to keep Dhoni in the test team.

  • Ranil on July 30, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    India lost a golden chance to grab a win here by allowing Broad/Swan partnership yesterday.Had they got England under150,the game was theirs.Sachin is all at sea and look in a worse slump than Mahela though he has enough time to recover from IPL unlike Mahela. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Alexander on July 30, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    The best outcome for this test of course would be an Indian victory by bowling England out below 250 tomorrow and chasing the 180 or so runs required. The other outcome I am hoping for is a slow over rate so that Dhoni gets the suspension and sits out for a game! Dhoni has been a liability for Team India in this series so far and is very low in his confidence at the moment and sitting out a game would do him good. Saha I bet under Gambhir will fare better than Dhoni both in the batting and wicketkeeping departments in the third test.

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