Trent Bridge: On the First day of the 2nd Test between England and India, the Indian bowlers delivered the much needed performance that helped India to raise its spirits.
The Trent Bridge favored the Indian Trio – Praveen, Ishant and Sreesanth, who covered up for the absence of Zaheer quite well. Except for Broad, Swann, Pietersen and Bell, none of the other batsmen could survive the Indian attack. England scored 221 in the 1st innings.
England’s Anderson, on the other hand, struck quite well, on the 1ist ball of the Indian innings, thereby India losing opener Abhinav Mukund. Rahul Dravid (batting) and Laxman (batting) tried to put some decent scores on the scoreboard as India was 24-1 in the First Day of the Second Test.
The weather in the Trent Bridge was chill and cold, which might have been somewhat difficult for the fielders. The Indian bowlers couldn’t break through the English batsmen for the first two overs. Then, Ishant Sharma took Alastair Cook’s wicket with a LBW, thus reducing him to mere 2 runs.
Calm and composed:
Santhakumaran Sreesanth, showed more maturity and was quite calm and composed during his play as he had Jonathan Trott on four, caught by Laxman. Matt Prior, who scored an unbeaten century during the first Test, fell to Sreesanth, as Dravid caught up with him.
Kumar was desperate enough to get rid of Pietersen, as he protested to umpire Marais Erasmus, for his LBW decision. Later Pietersen, who scored 29 runs, was bowled over by Sreesanth, as he attempted a forward movement to the shorter length ball and fell to Sreesanth, caught by Suresh Raina.
Praveen, who was irritated with Pietersen, then had Eoin Morgan for a LBW, and this time, the Umpire was quite satisfied with the wicket as it complied with all LBW rules. Ian Bell, who scored a solid 31 runs, fell to Sharma, as our very own Captain caught him from behind. Sreesanth, who was as good as ever, had Matt Prior with an elegant swinger.
Then came the England’s batting attack, as Nottinghamshire pair Broad and Swann made 64 and 28 runs respectively, must to the delight of their audience. Their 73 run partnership was disrupted by Praveen, as he sent Swann back to the pavilion with an off the length delivery. Can India survive the English bowling attack? It needs to be seen.