Broad comes to England's rescue on Day 1

Published: Saturday, July 30, 2011, 8:33 [IST]
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Broad comes to England's rescue on Day 1

Trent Bridge, July 30: In an enthralling last session of play on Day 1 of the second Test, England recovered from a dire 124/8 to 221 all out in 68.4 overs. The riposte was led by Stuart Broad who made a 66-ball 64 with support from Graeme Swann who put up 24. In reply, India lost opener Abhinav Mukund with 0 on the board, before Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman played out the last few overs of the day and took India to 24/1 (scorecard).

After Tea on Day 1, Broad and Swann countered the Indian onslaught admirably. In the second over of the session (53rd of England's innings), Swann smacked Ishant Sharma for two boundaries before Broad followed suit to subject Sreesanth to similar treatment in the next over. The score moved past 150/8 in the process as the batting pair continued to press on.

The Indian attack didn't have any immediate answers to the tenacity of the duo at the crease. In the space of six more overs, Broad and Swann had taken the total to 197. But that's when Indian pacer Praveen Kumar retaliated with the wicket of Swann for 24. The bowler had managed to get the ball to hit the handle of the bat as it popped up to present an easy catch at gully.

Then last batsman James Anderson bided his time while Broad continued to farm the strike, smashing Praveen for a four in the 66th over and notching up his half-century in the process. Finally, three overs later, India's under-performing off-break Harbhajan Singh had Broad caught by Sachin Tendulkar at deep midwicket for 66. England were all out for 221. The trio of Indian speedsters had taken 3 wickets apiece.

When India came out to bat, English pace-bowler James Anderson shocked the visitors when he had opener Abhinav Mukund caught at gully first ball. India were 0/1 and it looked like another top-order collapse was likely. But surviving opener Rahul Dravid and one-down bat VVS Laxman played out the next 15 overs to Stumps cautiously, taking India to 24/1 in 15 overs. India now trail by 197 runs wit 9 wickets in hand.

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