London, Aug 19: Indian bowlers, once again flattered to deceive as they failed to get past the partnership of Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen, who have all but ensured that England nip an Indian resurgence in the bud. At the end of the second session, England were in a commanding position at 296/2.
After the jostle in the first session of the second day"s play, the fizz somehow went missing as the Indian bowlers toiled away aimlessly. To be fair the pitch offered no assistance, but the efforts left a lot to be desired. And needless to say, that Amit Mishra was a big let down.
M S Dhoni, it seems has now grown into a defensive captain, which is a big disappointment given that all the successes that he has had were largely due to his aggressive field placings – which for some strange reasons seem to be absent on this tour. But having said, it is not entirely his fault either. Mishra, was too erring in his line and length and gave the impression that he has forgotten about the wrong-un.
Mishra, did not create too many opportunities and the only chance that kept India's way courtesy Suresh Raina, went begging as R P Singh did not react quickly enough to catch the skier.
After persisting with Raina and Tendulkar for a couple of overs, Dhoni finally took the new ball for the final over before tea. Sreesanth showed some encouraging signs, but going by the way the pitch is behaving, the Indian bowlers might be in for a long day.