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The Enemy Camp: The day of drama at Trent Bridge

(Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the tongue-in-cheek name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

Stuart Broad inspired England with his first-ever hat-trick after Rahul Dravid's 34th hundred as India were bowled out for 288 in their first innings on Day 2 of Trent Bridge Test. Dravid equalled the record of fellow India great Sunil Gavaskar and his second in as many matches after his 103 not out at Lord's. All-rounder Broad, who rescued England in their first innings with 64 from 66 balls, took five wickets for no runs in 15 balls to finish with a Test best of six for 46 from 24.1 overs.

Paul Weaver in his piece England's Stuart Broad begins to live up to his promise against India for The Guardian explains how the pacers' dramatic intervention rocked India at Trent Bridge.

When Broad, early in his England career, was likened to Sir Garfield Sobers by Geoff Boycott, eyebrows were raised. And they have remained raised ever since. But his hat-trick was his second match-turning performance in two days. He finished with figures of six for 46, the best of his Test career, and he took his last five wickets for no runs in the space of 16 deliveries, one of the great spells in Test cricket.

Steve James of The Telegraph salutes Rahul Dravid for getting his 34th century.

For the second successive Saturday Dravid was simply superb. He was obduracy personified, his technique a class apart. His innings can be likened to an angler 'playing' his fish. It was a struggle and there was always a need for great patience, but skill shone through in the end, and the fish was landed; the century was made.

He was hit, most painfully on the right arm by Tim Bresnan, and he suffered cramp, but on and on he batted, a man deeply smitten by, and devoted to, his profession.

Jonathan Agnew of the BBC writes how the world has turned for Stuart Broad since he was dropped for a One-day match earlier this month.

He had his home crowd behind him, he was steaming in like a man possessed and it was an absolutely extraordinary spectacle. It was Roy of the Rovers stuff. It is the sort of pitch where wickets can fall quickly, and I don't think any batsmen ever really feel in, but Broad thoroughly deserved his six-wicket haul because he had been desperately unlucky to miss out on dismissing Yuvraj Singh for only four when Kevin Pietersen dropped a chance.

Stephen Brenkley of The Independent explains how Broad brought England back into contention with some sensational bowling.

Less than a fortnight ago, the concept of dropping Broad seemed mildly attractive. He was as short of form as of wickets. If his deeds in the First Test, in which he took seven wickets and scored a crucial 74 not out, provided an adequate response, this raised the bar to the roof. On the first day, Broad made 64 in horrid conditions when England were on the verge of collapse. Now, with India in firm control, he bowled one of the unforgettable spells and became the 12th England player to take a hat-trick, the first at Trent Bridge.

Patrick Collins of the Daily Mail writes how hat-trick hero Stuart Broad took the centre stage at Trent Bridge.

MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar; they came, they lingered briefly and they departed, as the Trent Bridge crowd moved from celebration to exhilaration to a kind of ecstasy in the course of the astonishing spell.

When, finally, he completed the trick with the wicket of Ishant Sharma, tracts of the ground were chuckling in gleeful disbelief. Nothing had foreshadowed this development. The day had held no real hint that Broad or England had this in them.

Mike Selvey of The Guardian feels Kevin Pietersen's dropping of Yuvraj Singh at 4 runs may come back to haunt England despite Stuart Broad's hat-trick.

Of all the clever things Kevin Pietersen has done on the field of play, dropping Yuvraj Singh was not high on the list. Yuvraj, his bete noire, the pie thrower who headed what was to become a queue of left-arm slow bowlers all itching to have a crack at him. He does not much care for Yuvraj and the feeling is mutual.

Oliver Brown of The Telegraph talks about the drama at Trent Bridge and how Sachin Tendulkar's timing deserted him once again.

Tendulkar has claimed not to be motivated by records, but his frustration at remaining stranded on 99 international hundreds was evident. His edge to Strauss was an unseemly demise when a historic accomplishment beckoned.

Tendulkar's timing deserted him as he flashed in search of a drive that never looked on. Besides his three boundaries, he had been stymied effectively by Broad, and his attempt to push on against the sixth ball after lunch turned out to be ill-advised.

Other interesting reads -

Winning more important than hat-trick: Stuart Broad

Paul Weaver writes Stuart Broad a class above after his first hat-trick since schooldays

Stephen Fay on the day of drama at Trent Bridge

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