London, July 22: England went into Tea on Day 2 of the first Test against India at a comfortable 305/5. Kevin Pietersen had brought up his century while Praveen Kumar had dismissed Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan, making his figures 3/85. 88 runs were scored off 26 overs in the session.
After lunch, Indian captain M S Dhoni handed the gloves to Rahul Dravid while he came onto bowl. In just his second over, Umpire Billy Bowden responded in the affirmative to a caught behind of Kevin Pietersen, but the Decision Review System proved otherwise and the batsman survived. England were 219/3 at that stage.
Runs continued to flow as Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma tried their darnedest to curtail this inexorable force. Before India knew what had hit them, Bell and Pietersen had taken the score to 250/3 in 87.5 overs. Just 4 overs later, Pietersen straight drove Ishant for a four to bring up his century and celebrated with another boundary. England were sitting pretty at 270/3 in 92 overs.
However, in the next over Praveen hit back with a double strike. The medium pacer sent Bell packing for 45 and then dismissed Eoin Morgan for a duck as the score now read 270/5. Dhoni brought himself on to bowl again, but the move couldn't stop new batsman Matt Prior and Pietersen from taking the score past 300, which they did in the 102nd over.Soon afterwards, the umpire called Tea with the score at 305/5 in 103 overs.