London, Aug 18: England took advantage of India's continued bowling woes in the first session of the fourth test of the latter's tour, reaching 75/0 at lunch. English openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook complemented each other to a nicety, notching up a 50-run stand in 15.3 overs and pressing on without much trouble. Strauss was not out on 34 and Cook was batting on 38 at the end of session 1.
Paceman R P Singh, who is replacing an injured Praveen Kumar, began proceedings for India, but failed to make any immediate impact as England got off to a steady start. Alastair Cook hit the first boundary, in the third over, off Singh before Andrew Strauss dispatched Ishant to the fence in the next over.
First-change bowler Sreesanth joined the attack in the 9th over, but he too was unsuccessful at breaking the stand which propelled itself to 50/0 in the 16th over. The fours upto that point had been coming regularly, but gradually slowed down as the batting duo settled into a routine of taking singles.
Indian captain M S Dhoni brought on part-time off-break Suresh Raina in the 22nd over with the score at a worrying 69/0. Four overs later, with England at 75/0, the umpires called lunch.