Nottingham: On the Second Day of the 2nd Test, India’s Rahul Dravid and England’s Struat Broad were the ultimate stars of the day. Their performances with the bat and the ball added color to the match and to their respective teams.
India’s Test specialist Rahul Dravid’s brilliant 117 gave India the much needed push. His strong and firm partnership with his favorite Laxman and Yuvraj Singh added more runs on the scoreboard. Stuart Broad, the towering English player, cast a spell with his lethal bowling and restricted India to 288 for all out.
Bright Day at Trent Bridge:
Compared to a chill and a gloomy weather on the First Day, Trent Bridge’s weather conditions on the second day appeared to be a welcome change for the touring team. The stadium was bright and shone better, which added to the spirits of the players.
Laxman, the Master:
Time and again, VVS Laxman proves his expertise with the bat, when it comes to Test Cricket. His innings of 54 runs, consisted of some bright and bold strokes. Anderson, who tried to deceive the batsman, was fooled, because of the Master’s brilliancy on the field. He scored many fours till he was caught by Prior, and bowled out by Bresnan.
Rahul Dravid scored his 34th century, after a marvelous show at the Lord. The England tour seems to have revealed some of his best Test performances to the world. Right from the word go, the man batted with all heart and might. He sent balls to the boundaries, with his measured footwork, and length. He proves that he is India’s asset, when it comes to Test Cricket. One finds it difficult to imagine a Test Team without him. He adds not only runs to the scoreboard, but adds value to the very game. His magic continued, till the very same Bresnan broke the Dravid-Laxman partnership and sent him back, caught by Cook.
Luck, meanwhile has deserted our Master Blaster, as the much waited century eludes him, courtesy the mighty English bowlers. He scored a mere 16 runs and was bowled out (on a ball, where he might have missed the timing) by Broad, who was determined to weed him out soon. He was caught by the England skipper, who was thrilled with the wicket.
Suresh Raina, meanwhile couldn’t play his best and his strategies against the short and medium length balls didn’t work out well to his advantage. Anderson got him easily and restricted him to 12 runs.
Yuvraj Singh, who played well in the Second day, scored 62 runs. He played graceful shots, which included two well deserved boundaries. His innings should have been much longer, given his talent and strengths. But he could not adjust to the length of the balls, just like Raina, and got out, thanks to bowler Broad.
India’s Skipper, who is not “in form”, couldn’t find the right strategies to deliver and was sent back for 5 runs. Dhoni’s wicket, Harbhajan’s and Praveen’s gave Broad that delightful hat trick. Man, he celebrates wildly.
Harbhajan and Praveen were sent back to the pavilion for no-runs. Ishant and Sreesanth joined them soon. India, at the end of the Second Day was 288 for all out.
Ishant delighted the Indians by capturing the major wicket of opener Cook, who was out for a mere 5 runs, the same as our Indian Skipper. The Indian Bowlers need to find the right length and pace and must strike when the iron is hot. Good Luck Team India!