London, Aug 19: English batsman Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen fended off a round of intense bowling from the Indian pacers on the morning of Day 2 of the fourth Test, to take England into lunch at 126/2. After a fine show yesterday, England's openers seemed vulnerable in the morning and soon enough perished. But a solid Bell (who was not out on 29) with a slightly shaky Pietersen (on 18 at lunch) by his side, took England over 100/2 and pressed on cautiously. Indian seamers Ishant and Sreesanth each took a wicket in the session.
Resuming on England's overnight score of 75/0 in 26 overs (after rain had washed out two sessions yesterday), Alastair Cook on 34, edged Ishant Sharma to slip in the first over of the day. The score read 75/1 at that point as R P Singh and Ishant tried hard to keep the pressure on with Strauss playing very cautiously.
New batsman Ian Bell tried to offset the pressure by taking fours off R P Singh and Sreesanth, but Strauss was having problems at the other end contending with Sreesanth's outswingers and eventually edged one to slip. England had slid to 97/2 in 38 overs with Strauss out for 40 and Kevin Pietersen, the man replacing him.
Sreesanth got Pietersen to edge him, but the ball flew between slips and gully as England's score moved past 100 in the 40th over. Sreesanth once again got Pietersen to edge the ball in a similar area but without luck, as England moved into lunch at 126/2 in 51 overs.