London, Aug 11: India"s woes in the current Test series seem to be far from over. The English batsman continued to make merry in the second session of Day 2 of the Edgebaston Test.
Resuming from 157/0 at lunch, the English opening pair of Strauss and Cook continued in the same vein as they had left. Both of them kept scoring runs at will as the Indian bowlers struggled on a pitch that has become extremely good for batting.
But that was until Amit Mishra bowled Strauss around his legs. TV replays later showed that Mishra might have overstepped the bowling crease. Strauss scored 87.
Bell continued with his ominous form and took Ishant Sharma for some special treatment by hitting boundaries at ease. The lanky Indian fast bowler was guilty of some shoddy bowling on a lifeless pitch and Bell made the most of it.
India could have done much better, but for a dropped catch by Rahul Dravid. The beneficiary was Bell, who was comprehensively beaten by a Sreesanth out-swinger in the 65th over of the English innings, and offered a simple catch to Dravid who simply failed to latch on to it.
Meanwhile, Alastair Cook continued to gain in confidence and scored with much more ease and comfort. He reached his century by taking a single off Pravin Kumar"s first delivery in the 71st over. But England"s joy was soon over when the big hearted Praveen castled Bell"s furniture to remove him for a personal score of 34.
Out came Pietersen with England leading the Indian total by 28 runs. He played with the authority of a millionaire having ample of riches to splurge on his wishes. At the end of the second session, England were 319/2, with Pietersen and Cook on 36 and 129 respectively.