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More Broad magic keeps England in the second test against India

| 31.07.2011

England are still in with a chance of winning the second test of the series with world number one nation India despite their nightmarish start after Stuart Broad built on his batting heroics with a bowling masterclass.

Having dragged the hosts to 221 all out in the first innings on Friday by contributing 64 runs despite being ninth in the batting order after his more illustrious team-mates had misfired, he performed even better on Saturday.

The Nottingham star excelled at his home ground Trent Bridge by claiming six wickets for just 46 runs, the highlight being a hat-trick at a point where India were threatening to run away with the victory at 267-4.

His feat of three wickets from three balls proved a complete momentum changer as India ended up going for 288, leaving England a far from disastrous 67 runs behind, though their second innings then got off to an unconvincing start.

England signed off day two on 24/1, Alastair Cook being an early victim, which is why India remain 8/11 favourites, however if the tail-enders like Broad and Graeme Swann are resolute when called upon again, the win is achievable.

The hosts must triumph by a margin of at least two in the four-test series to overtake their opponents as the top-ranked test team, meaning that they can afford no more than one defeat over the duration.



John Klee