Trent Bridge, Aug 1: Driven by a quick 90 from Tim Bresnan, England set India a humongous target of 479 to win, on Day 4 of the Trent Bridge Test. Stuart Broad provided Bresnan with adequate support, notching up a brisk 44 as the Indian pace attack was torn apart. A total of 15 fours and 2 sixes came off the morning session as England progressed from 441/6 to 544/7 in just under 20 overs. Praveen Kumar was India's most successful bowler, taking 4/124.
With the overnight lead at 374, England resumed their innings in right earnest. In the first over of the day, Tim Bresnan got Sreesanth away for two fours (bringing up his half-century in the process), before Prior did the same to Praveen Kumar. But then the seamer hit back in the next ball to have Prior caught behind for 73 off 60 balls and England were 458/7.
A few overs later, Bresnan went after Sreesanth again, dispatching him to fence to take the lead over 400 and followed it up with two more fours in the 108th over off the same bowler. The hapless Kerala speedster became regular run-fodder for Bresnan. Then Stuart Broad got into the act, smashing Praveen for two back-to-back boundaries in the 109th over. By the 111th over, the batting duo had taken England to over 500, with Bresnan closing in on his maiden century.
No sooner had Yuvraj been brought back into the attack, than Broad clobbered him as well for two consecutive fours as the lead crossed 450. Then the batsman lofted Suresh Raina for two successive sixes in the 114th over as the score moved to 534/7. Finally some redemption came India's way when in the 116th over, Broad was run out for 44 and Bresnan was caught off Preveen at gully, for 90. Eventually, in the 121st over, Ishant Sharma wrapped up the English second innings for 544 when he had Graeme Swann caught by mid-off for 2.
India's chase began on a poor note. Abhinav Mukund was given a life when he was dropped in the slips in the innings' first ball, off James Anderson. But a few overs later, Rahul Dravid perished to Stuart Broad for 6 when he edged one to the keeper and India were 8/1 in 4 overs. The visitors went into lunch one over later, with VVS Laxman, not out on 0 and Mukund, batting on 2.