Broad hat-trick keeps England alive

Sat, 30 Jul 18:30:00 2011

Stuart Broad reignited England's prospects in the second Test against India at Trent Bridge with an inspired hat-trick in front of his home crowd after Rahul Dravid had scored a fine century.

- Broad takes hat-trick

India were finally bowled out for 288 to post a 67-run first-innings lead after Dravid compiled a masterful 117, but the tourists had looked set to build a big advantage at 273 for five before Broad changed the game.

England were 24 for one at stumps in their second innings after Alastair Cook was dismissed by Ishant Sharma, while a shoulder injury suffered by Jonathan Trott saw Ian Bell stand in at number three.

Broad, who finished with figures of six for 46, began his remarkable spell of five wickets for no runs in 16 balls with the scalp of Yuvraj Singh, who fell for 62, caught-behind via some extra bounce to end a stand of 128 with Dravid.

But it was not until his next over that England's destroyer - who came into this series with his place in the side under serious scrutiny - really got started.

First, he saw off India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni - edging a drive which was well caught by James Anderson at second slip.

Then Harbhajan Singh was given out lbw by Marais Erasmus, even though he appeared to have got bat on ball, and Praveen Kumar was the third man to go in successive balls - bowled, as Broad became the 12th Englishman to take a Test hat-trick.

When Dravid finally fell soon afterwards, caught at deep third-man off Tim Bresnan, the match had been turned on its head - and Broad completed career-best figures when Ishant Sharma was last out, gloving a catch to short-leg.

Broad's Botham-esque performance, to add to his counter-attacking 64 from number nine on Friday, put Dravid's hugely admirable six-hour tour de force in the shade.

England had a tricky spell to negotiate at the start of their second innings, and Cook fell in just the fourth over as Sharma lured the opener into a false stroke and Yuvraj took a simple catch.

Trott was confined to the England balcony with his arm in a sling for the latter part of the day after he went down clutching his shoulder fielding the ball in the outfield at cover and, though it was later revealed he has not suffered a break, it is not clear what further part he will be able to play in the Test.

In Trott's absence, Ian Bell strode out to join Strauss in the middle and the Warwickshire man ended the day with nine runs from 21 balls while his skipper was faced 34 balls for his six in testing circumstances.

After two captivating days of Test cricket, day three will see England attempt to erode their 43-run deficit from the first innings and build a total to put the tourists back under the cosh.

But in a match in which the momentum continues to swing violently from one side to the other, neither camp was willing to speculate over what will follow in the final three days.

While the excellent Dravid received deserved praise for his 34th Test century, it was Broad who stole the show by stumps.

Dan Quarrell - on Twitter: @danquarrell / Eurosport

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