Broad counter attack rescues England
NOTTINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Stuart Broad launched a late counter-attack with a blazing 64 to help England fight back against India on the first day of the second test on Friday.
India were 24 for one at the close after England had been bowled out for 221 after tea with rookie opener Abhinav Mukund out to the first ball of the innings, caught in the gully by Kevin Pietersen off James Anderson.
Although India finished with the upper hand, England would feel they had clawed their way back into the game after they were reduced to 124 for eight at tea. Broad's innings came from only 66 balls and he added a crucial 73 with Graeme Swann (28) for the ninth wicket.
"We had a chat at tea and thought we needed to grab some of the momentum back," Broad told reporters. "If there was any width I was going to throw my hands at the ball. I knew we had to put the Indian bowlers off their line and lengths."
The Indian pace bowlers shared the wickets evenly as Praveen Kumar claimed three for 45, Ishant Sharma three for 66 and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth three for 77. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh chipped in with the final wicket when Broad was caught on the mid-wicket boundary.