Trott injury piles on agony for England
Tea: Second Test, day two, Trent Bridge
Match score: India 215-4 (Dravid 83*, Yuvraj Singh 43*, Laxman 54); England 221 (Broad 64) Full scorecard
Session score: India 98-2 India win session
An afternoon of pain and missed opportunity for England has resulted in India, led by the resolute Rahul Dravid, taking full control of the second Test. As the sun beat down on a picture-perfect Trent Bridge, only the near-availability of the second new ball – and the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar for just 16 – kept England believing.
Jonathan Trott’s shoulder injury, caused when he dived in the field to make a stop, is a real worry for England. Trott lay writhing in pain before being treated on the field, and was then led off with his left arm across his chest to keep the shoulder joint immobilised. He is due to have a scan but it does not look good and he will not field again today.
Yet even more painful for England, in the context of a match that is now rapidly moving away from them, was the moment at 144 for four when Kevin Pietersen put down a regulation catch at gully when Yuvraj Singh steered a shortish ball from Stuart Broad straight to him.
Yuvraj, then on 4, had moved to 43 not out by tea, and had taken his fifth wicket partnership with Dravid to 76. India, with Dravid on 83, were just six runs behind England on 215 for 4 from 73 overs.
England bowled well in the first hour after lunch, knowing as they did that they needed India wickets urgently if they were to stay in the game. And the session began perfectly for Andrew Strauss’s team when Tendulkar, having added just two runs to his lunchtime score, flashed a cut at a rising ball from Broad and edged straight to Strauss at first slip. 119 for 3.
Then, after a fraught half-hour at the crease in which he looked most uncomfortable against the short ball, Suresh Raina brought an end to an ugly innings of 12 by poking an outswinger from Anderson to Eoin Morgan in a deep gully position.
At 139 for 4 the Test was in the balance, but Pietersen’s clanger handed the initiative right back to India. Graeme Swann was able to join the attack at 2.38pm, for the 57th over, but Yuvraj dealt far better with his off breaks than he did the pace of Broad, Anderson and Bresnan.
Dravid was simply magnificent. There were ten fours in his half-century, yet it took him 131 balls and three and a half hours. He is plainly determined to play the innings to define this match, and a lofted on drive for four off Swann underlined his confidence. It has been a masterclass from ‘The Wall’.