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

Pietersen's spill, Broad's burst

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

Andrew McGlashan at Trent Bridge

July 30, 2011

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Suresh Raina doesn't know much about this Stuart Broad bouncer, England v India, 2nd npower Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day, July 30, 2011
The short ball came back to haunt Suresh Raina © AFP
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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.

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Posted by 5wombats 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...

Posted by 5wombats 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?

Posted by Meety 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.

Posted by Patchmaster 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....

Posted by Trickstar 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.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 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 .

Posted by chandau 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 .

Posted by ahweak 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.

Posted by Herath-UK 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

Posted by Dr.AlexKuruvila 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.

Posted by Emancipator007 on (July 30, 2011, 21:30 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 looking classy after long.

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

Sachin will be back very strong..say whatever you want for now..its your time..also say whatever you want for India..India will win this game..England is overhyped team...India will win atleast two test in this series..starting with this game..england done well in Australia and against Srilanka time for them to go down..

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

England going to lose this Test Match for sure....

Posted by sameer111111 on (July 30, 2011, 20:50 GMT)

Horrendous shot played by Sachin. Dont know why but whenever the chips are down, he is at his worst. Was so different in the 90s when he single handedly used to pull the team. Nowadays he is more of a fair weather batsman, unlike Laxman and Dravid

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 20:37 GMT)

no batting side has looked the part, england have in fact collapsed in much extreme fashion, i mean srsly 88 for 6 and before 60 for 5? and everyone is saying indians batting is frail, when there has been no collapse except for today with broad's hatrick, india have gradually started to lose wickets. India cant hold their advantages, and they don't deserve to win, when they should have been on their way to win. A india with killer instinct would have england bowled for 150, and had a lead of 200. That small difference has england in the game, and india with difficult chances batting last.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

@Abhijit: or maybe we deserve to win for the superb innings by Dravid?

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (July 30, 2011, 20:13 GMT)

Pitch it up as Mr.McGlashan writes has worked brilliantly for Broad. Broad was a Mr.Jekyl in the Sri Lanka series but has transformed himself into a furious Mr.Hyde for the Indians. As for Swann he's sure to get it together again. The great Muralitharan predicted in the Guradian (or was it the Times? sorry cant remember...) that Swann would end up as Englands highest wicket taker in tests and he should know!

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 30, 2011, 20:07 GMT)

I hate to say this but Sachin is indeed a legendary choker or plays inconsequential innings that make his kitty that much heavier.

Posted by 5wombats on (July 30, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

@maady20; All of these England players can bat a bit - only Anderson has not got a Test match 50 to his name. All England team can bat a bit - india by contrast, can not. india make a habit of falling apart once Dhoni comes in at 5 down. With the sun set to shine tomorrow for Englands batsmen - I'd keep quiet about indias chances - especially if England score over 350 in their second Innings. The reality is; india were lucky to win the toss - it gave their otherwise ordinary bowlers a chance in those fine bowling conditions. But when the sun is shining it will be a different story.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:35 GMT)

The way india collapsed today, they deserve to lose. Won't be surprised if india have another collapse on day 4 and falling short of the target by 30-40 runs.

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

Dear Indian fans. This is fun ! Much better than the first test, hats off to Dravid - great innings.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 19:13 GMT)

Well done England !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (July 30, 2011, 18:40 GMT)

Tendulkar should attack after facing say 2 overs; his pushing off drives are vulnerable; he should whack the ball hard; he should attack until he reaches his hundred.

Posted by subbass on (July 30, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

What a superb days cricket, England looking dead and buried and then clawing their way back into the game, once again perfect demonstration of the ebbs and flows of the finest form of cricket, Tests ! Overall credit to India for the way they have played in this Test, showing why they are numero uno in Tests, I hold my hands up to that one having written them off for the series, still this game is far from a certain win for them, of course much will depend on whether Trott can bat and if not or if so on how big a total we can set them, cos anything over 200 will be hard to get on this wicket, well done on both teams though as I said for a great days play !

Posted by shrastogi on (July 30, 2011, 18:38 GMT)

I commented before the test that England shouldnt be too happy with their win at Lords as they seem to forget that Indian pace attack was depleated. The Indian bowlers showed the chinks in English batting in this test.I dont buy even stevens assesment. India has its nose ahead in the test and that is courtesy its bowlers. The batsmen flattered to deceive after second new ball. The common sense says that Dhoni needs to be shielded with new ball. Raina is inexperienced for tests but Tendulkar played a totally forgetful shot which is why India couldnt get 100+ lead. Now its upto him to show his class in second innings. Trot or without Trot Engand is under some pressure and it is for Indian bowlers to exploit. India would be chasing on 3/4 day so pitch isnt worry all they need is a bout of self belief. Dravid is playing magnificiently the others need to raise their game.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 18:36 GMT)

what a day of test cricket. One of the of the most high quality days of cricket I've ever seen, first Dravid and Laxman's class coupled with Yuvraj's determination and topped off with Broad's incredible spell. EPIC

Posted by VAS4 on (July 30, 2011, 18:35 GMT)

Congratulattions to broad. Harbhajans lbw was unfortunate. He is under pressure now. No wickets, no runs! Poor Mukund! his time is almost running out. Hopefully harbhajan will have a good day tomorrow. I am shocked to see dhoni's horrid performance with the glove and also with the bat. After watching all the hardwork by Dravid, he should have shown some responsibility to carry on through the evening. I think dhoni is responsible for the final collapse. Looks like this could be dhoni's first series loss. Well done Dravid. Good luck team India tomorrow.

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (July 30, 2011, 18:23 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 _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (July 30, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

Test cricket at its very best. 2 evenly matched sides and something tells me it will come down to pure luck.

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

Swann is equally ineffective as Haribhajan. Can't pick a better out of those. England look a less dangerous side in this series. After all the hype by former England players around cook and trott being better batsmen with grand technique, have failed and the players under pressure like Pietersen and Broad made the most of their chances.

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

The Match is evenly poised now. If Trott is fit to play tommorrow then we are in for a cracking day potentially match deciding day ....

Posted by   on (July 30, 2011, 18:11 GMT)

Since ipl 2010, MS DHONI has scored 643 runs @ 27/dismissal. I wonder how many contemporary wicketkeepers averaged 27 or less with the bat last year. May be none. In fact india has got biggest. 6 batsmen, 5 tailenders.

Posted by maddy20 on (July 30, 2011, 17:59 GMT)

With Trott ruledout of batting in the second test anymore, Bell and Strauss looking edgy, India should shut them out by lunch tomorrow, at most by tea. England will know what it is like to be hit by injuries in a crucial game and all the Poms who made fun of India will eat their words for lunch on the fourth day of this match!

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