Day 2 : Eng vs Ind,2nd Test Match,Trent Bridge – Video Highlights
Rahul Dravid was left stranded at the other end as England ran through the lower order, and then fell upper-cutting, looking for quick runs. He scored 117, his third century in the last five Tests, all scored at an age of over 38, and in testing conditions. Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma added 15 for the final wicket, but Ian Bell ended it with a special catch at short leg, catching a mistimed hook.
Rahul Dravid waited and waited for an unbeaten 83, VVS Laxman charmed his way to 54, and Yuvraj Singh timed his unconquered 43 well as India made their way towards a first-innings lead at Trent Bridge. The sun was out, the conditions eased off a bit, but they were still challenging enough to take the best out of the trio to deny England, who persisted with attacking fields almost throughout the first two sessions.
Laxman played some gorgeous drives and mere pushes for fours through the off side, and Dravid kept exposing 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.
Batting was by no means easy. Both James Anderson and Stuart Broad swung the ball either way. However, the India batsmen, unlike yesterday, were not going to let them bowl where they wanted. The fifth ball that Laxman faced today was short and wide, and he crisply cut it for four. The next one was a touch too full, and he drove it through cover. Dravid administered the same treatment to the next two balls, bowled by Broad; a flick through midwicket when Broad was a bit too straight, and a drive through cover when he was too full. That made it 16 runs in four balls, after 24 came off the first 100 legal deliveries of the innings.
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