India had the rare sensation of winning a session after they removed both England openers before lunch on day two of the fourth Test at The Kia Oval.
WIth the sun shining and the conditions seemingly tailor-made for batting, Ishanyt Sharma drew Alastair Cook into a nicking the ball to Virender Sehwag in the slip cordon with just the fifth delivery of the day. At the other end, the Indian seamers were frustrating Andrew Strauss who struggled to get the ball away. Some good outfielding by Suresh Raina mean that the England skipper was unable to add more than two runs to his overnight score before finally losing patience and slashing at a delivery that was full and wide only to feather an edge to Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind the stumps.
The wickets stemmed the flow runs further and while Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen reached lunch without losing their wickets – though the latter almost holed out to an astutely placed leg slip on the very last ball of the session – England had added just 51 runs to their total.
England will resume on 126 for 2.