India make a confident start by removing England openers (Lead)

August 19th, 2011 - 7:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Virender Sehwag London, Aug 19 (IANS) India put on a much improved show on the second day of the fourth and the final cricket Test at The Oval, restricting England to 126 for two in the first innings at lunch here Friday.

England added just 51 runs in the morning session, losing the wickets of openers Alastair Cook (34) and Andrew Strauss (40). Ian Bell was batting on 29 and Kevin Pietersen on 18 at the break.

Unlike the first day, when only the first session’s play was possible due to heavy rains, the England batsmen struggled to score runs despite the cloud cover giving way to a clear blue sky.

India made a perfect start when Ishant Sharma drew Cook to a drive but a healthy edge flew to Virender Sehwag to first slip.

It took 20 minutes for England to add to their overnight score of 75 for no loss as Ishant made life difficult for the batsmen. Ishant’s first spell read 6-3-7-1.

Sreesanth delivered the second blow with a wide delivery and Strauss edged to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after adding just two to his overnight score.

India could have added another wicket in the last ball of the session when Pietersen flicked Ishant to leg-slip Suresh Raina, who was unsure if the catch was clean. Replays weren’t conclusive either.

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