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England records 221 all out in 2nd test with India

India reached 24-1 at stumps on day one of the second test against England at Trent Bridge on Friday after a superb counterattacking 64 from Stuart Broad helped the home side recover from 124-8 at tea to 221 all out.
India trailed by 197 runs at the close, with VVS Laxman unbeaten on 13 and Rahul Dravid on 7 not out after Abhinav Mukund had been caught by Kevin Pietersen off the first ball of the innings from James Anderson (1-10). Broad, whose innings took 66 balls and included nine fours, put on 73 for the ninth wicket with Graeme Swann.

“At tea it was 100 per cent India’s day so we’re delighted to have wrestled our way back into the game,” Broad said. “You can’t blame too many of our batsmen for throwing away their wickets, I thought there were some good deliveries in there. We had a little chat at tea and thought we needed to get the momentum back and we did that by playing our natural game.”

Sreesanth, who took three wickets on his return to the side, said Broad’s innings hadn’t deflated India. “That’s how test cricket goes,” he said. “There was always going to be one partnership and all credit to them for taking their chances.” Swann made 28 from 35 balls with three fours, after England had collapsed from 69-2 at lunch, losing six wickets in a frantic afternoon session.

Praveen Kumar was India’s best bowler with 3-45, while Ishant Sharma claimed 3-66 and Sreesanth 3-77. Sreesanth was booed by a section of the fans after claiming a catch that had clearly bounced, but he said that merely encouraged him. “It’s a typical English wicket and honestly I had fun,” he said. “Most of the time it happens and it’s better than being left alone. I ended up giving my very best so thanks to them for cheering me up!”

Sreesanth also enlivened the news conference by giving an engimatic quote reminscent of former French footballer Eric Cantona. When asked why he didn’t say much on his twitter feed, he replied: “Silence is the speech of a spiritual seagull.” The tourists won the toss and chose to bowl, with the ball expected to swing in the overcast conditions.

The controversy over India’s refusal to allow the Decision Review System to be used for lbw calls in this series was also reignited. In the fifth over Praveen Kumar was denied the wicket of Alastair Cook when he hit him on the pad, but an over later Cook was given lbw to Sharma for 2. Replays suggested that both decisions were marginally incorrect, although there was no argument over Trott’s departure, in Sreesanth’s first over.

Trott made just four runs before he edged Sreesanth to Laxman at third slip. Batting looked difficult, until Kevin Pietersen swatted fours from successive Sreesanth balls. Pietersen then survived an appeal for lbw from Kumar, to a ball that would have clipped the bails, a decision that so angered Kumar he had to be ushered away from umpire Marais Erasmus by his teammates.

Strauss and Pietersen completed their 50 partnership with the fourth ball of the afternoon session, but Pietersen was out to the next delivery, edging Sreesanth to Suresh Raina at slip. Kumar then struck twice in the 37th over, getting Strauss caught at slip by Raina for 32 and Eoin Morgan lbw for 0. Matt Prior lasted just four balls before he was caught by Rahul Dravid off Sreesanth for 1.

It could have been worse for England when Bell, on 22, was dropped by Dravid off Kumar, though Dravid partially redeemed himself by catching Tim Bresnan (11) off Sharma. Bell’s reprieve was cut short in the session’s final over as he wafted at a Sharma delivery and was caught behind off a bottom edge. Yet although India was on top at tea, Broad and Swann revived the hosts, scoring rapidly at the start of the evening session.

They batted for 49 minutes before Swann gloved a lifting delivery from Kumar to Abinhav Mukund in the slips. Swann was subsequently taken to hospital for an x-ray on his hand which confirmed he had suffered a hairline fracture, but one that will not prevent him from bowling. Anderson further irritated India by hanging around for long enough to first allow Broad to steer England past 200 and then bring up his 50, from 56 balls, by smashing Kumar straight back over his head for four.

The last-wicket pair added 22 runs before Broad holed out to Harbhajan and was caught on the midwicket boundary by Sachin Tendulkar. India’s reply got off to the worst possible start when Anderson had Mukund caught at gully by Pietersen with the first ball of the innings. England wasted a review when the DRS upheld Asad Rauf’s decision not to give Dravid caught behind to Anderson in the ninth over.

India will be happy to have batted through to stumps without further loss, after both Dravid and Laxman came close to playing on towards the end of the session and Dravid gloved a Broad delivery just short of Prior. Broad said England’s bowlers are “chomping at the bit” to get started again on Saturday. “We’re all excited about what can happen in the morning session,” he said. “We were certainly going to have a bowl if we’d won the toss. We’re hoping for a shade of cloud cover and hopefully we’ll get some nicks.”

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