England v India, 2nd npower Test,1st day - Video Highlights.
England 221 (Broad 64, Praveen 3-45, Ishant 3-66, Sreesanth 3-77) v India
The end for England came much later than India wanted it to. Resuming on 124 for 8 after tea, India's bowlers inexplicably abandoned the plans that had worked to dismiss England's top order. Instead of pitching it up and seaming it away, aiming for the edge or the top of off stump, they resorted to bowling a shorter length with wider lines, giving Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann space to play shots. And play shots they did.
Broad swung hard - pulling, driving, cutting and lofting balls into gaps - and struck cleanly. Some shots fell tantalisingly over fielders' heads. Others landed short. Swann, too, used a fearless approach to ambush India. Abhinav Mukund had the opportunity to catch Swann at mid-off but he was slow in moving forward, perhaps because he was wearing shin pads in the outfield. The Indians scattered, leaving vast expanses unmanned, allowing singles if the ball merely touched bat or body. Suddenly, India's old men were exposed. There was a single taken just wide of slip because VVS Laxman was moving like a snail. England galloped along at over seven an over. It was an astounding turnaround.
The 50 partnership came in seven overs and the resistance had reached 73 in the 12th over when Praveen got a length ball to kick sharply at Swann, who gloved it to gully. There were no celebrations in the Indian camp, only angry relief. Their outstanding work in two sessions had unraveled spectacularly in an hour. Broad steered England past 200 and reached his half-century off 56 balls. He continued lofting towards the straight boundary. In the last over before the drinks break, MS Dhoni didn't even try to prevent Broad from taking a single by bringing the field in.
Broad was eventually caught on the deep midwicket boundary - swinging Harbhajan Singh to Sachin Tendulkar - but his 64 had given England a fighting total in difficult batting conditions.
Tea England 124 for 8 (Broad 6*, Swann 0*, Sreesanth 3-49, Ishant 3-38) v IndiaIndia did not suffer from the absence of the hamstrung Zaheer Khan at Trent Bridge as much as many thought they would. Zaheer's replacement, Sreesanth, bowled spells of perfectly pitched outswing to wreck England's middle order, and he forged a formidable alliance with Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma, both of whom exploited the swing and seam on offer on an overcast day in Nottingham. The upshot was that the home side was reduced from 69 for 2 at lunch to 124 for 8 at tea.
England were satisfactorily placed at lunch after MS Dhoni had put them in. They had lost their marathon men - Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott - early but Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen, batting together in a Test for the first time since Perth in December, survived a testing second hour.
Cook had fallen lbw while pushing forward to Ishant, an over after he survived a close shout against Praveen. Replays of the not-out decision indicated the ball would have hit the stumps, though a fraction of it pitched outside leg, while those of the out decision indicated it would have bounced over the bails.
There was more lbw drama in the first session. Praveen hit Pietersen below the knee roll and appealed vociferously. It looked close and, despite Pietersen's giant stride from his stance outside the crease, replays indicated the bails would have fallen. Praveen, visibly upset, argued with umpire Marais Erasmus and had to be ushered away by Harbhajan Singh, who did not have a more significant role to play in two sessions.
It was between Cook's dismissal and the appeal against Pietersen that Sreesanth made his entrance. He began with a full ball on leg-stump that Strauss glanced for four. Sreesanth doesn't enjoy bowling to left-handers as much as he does to right-handers, and as soon as he had Jonathan Trott on strike, he found the edge to slip with an outswinger that drew the batsmen into the drive. England were 23 for 2 and Strauss and Pietersen performed a steadying act until lunch.