Trent Bridge, July 31: The first session of play on Day 3 of the second Test against India belonged to England as the hosts added a 106 runs in 27 overs with the loss of just Andrew Strauss. At lunch, England's score was 130/2 with the lead at 63. Ian Bell was batting splendidly well on 84 and Kevin Pietersen was not out on 20. Sreesanth took the lone wicket of the morning, while Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh struggled for impact.
Resuming on their overnight score of 24/1 in 11 overs, England's intent was to score briskly. To that end, Andrew Strauss, picking up from his 9 runs and Ian Bell, from 13, went after the Indian seamers early. Bell knocked a four each off Praveen Kumar and Sreesanth in successive overs, before Strauss followed suit with a boundary of his own off Sreesanth. In the 18th over, Bell clipped the same bowler to the midwicket fence as the score moved past 50/1.
Soon afterwards however, Sreesanth struck back when he had Strauss caught behind for 16 as the score read 57/2 in 19.1 overs. New batsman Kevin Pietersen played cautiously and by the end of the 23rd over, England had leveled scores with India.
Then in the 26th over, Bell hit Ishant for two back-to-back fours, making the score 83/2 in 25.4 overs and notching up his fifty in the process. Bell subjected the same bowler to similar treatment in the 32nd over, as England's score moved past 100. In the next six overs, the batting duo added 30 more runs, going into lunch at 130/2 in 38 overs.