London: By taking five wickets on a sunny morning - arguably the best batting conditions of the Test - India more than just delayed England's declaration. In the first hour, against a three-man attack, England surprisingly stayed in their shell, and in the second hour, India's rhythm bowlers - Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh - found their rhythm, converting 54 for 1 to 55 for 4, effectively 243 for 4. Ishant's spell leading up to lunch read 5-3-4-3.
In what could be a significant moment for the rest of the series, although England were still well ahead, Ishant let Kevin Pietersen know he will not be bullied. In the first innings, Pietersen had put Ishant completely off his line and length by walking across and at him. Today Ishant welcomed him with a bouncer like he meant it, got extra bounce and the batsman's glove. To cap it off he soon bowled two beauties to send back Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott.
The first two sessions were always going to be about England striving for a big enough lead for the declaration either side of tea, and India trying to delay that eventuality. England, though, were not in any urgency at the start. Ishant, and even Praveen Kumar, hardly moved the ball in the morning, but were accurate. The openers stayed conventional. Alastair Cook scored 1 off 27 before Praveen took him with one that pitched middle and leg, made him play, and then moved away just enough to take the edge.