The English middle order collapsed yesterday against the inexperienced pace attack of India at Nottingham.
At one point of time, the Three Lions were on the driving seat with Gary Ballance and Sam Robson playing very well, but, as soon as Ishant Sharma got both of them dismissed with the reverse swinging old ball in the second session, the pressure was back on England and their middle couldn’t soak it up.
The likes of Ian Bell and Matt Prior who are the seasoned campaigners of the team fell cheaply on a dead deck and left the hosts in more than a spot of bother.
But, some guts shown by the tail-enders towards the end of the day’s play made sure that England didn’t get into a losing position.
Stuart Broad, in particular, was responsible for England’s late revival. He showed his top order batsmen what kind of cricket they needed to play against the Indian bowlers.
Broad, who is the local boy as well, didn’t look shy of hitting the ball in the air. The Indian captain had set attacking field against him and he kept making mockery of that field by hitting the ball over the infield.
However, Broad couldn’t complete his 50 as at the score of 47, he was adjudged leg before wicket off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
As far as the match situation is concerned, despite the respite of English tail, India is still on top in the test match.
The Visitors are ahead by more than 100 runs. They would like to get England all out early tomorrow. If they do that, they will have every chance of enforcing a win.
The weather forecast for the 4th day is not that good though. The odd showers have been predicted in the afternoon.