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India v England 2nd Test day one photos

England's 15 players and nine support staff pose for an official photo ahead of the second Test

England - and their large array of support staff - opt for the fit-again Stuart Broad ahead of Steve Harmison for the second Test

Rahul Dravid practises ahead of the game

Meanwhile, India keep faith with former skipper Rahul Dravid, despite a wretched run of form with the bat

India captain Mahendra Dhoni tosses the coin, watched by opposite number Kevin Pietersen

India captain Mahendra Dhoni has an unusual coin-tossing style, not watching the coin as he flips it into the air - but he calls correctly

Asad Rauf brandishes his light meter at fellow umpire Daryl Harper

Bad light - often a problem at this ground in the Punjab region of northern India - delays the start of play by 20 minutes

England captain Kevin Pietersen consults with umpire Daryl Harper

Remarkably, the start of play is further delayed for a couple of minutes by a discussion over the state of the match balls

Stuart Broad successfully appeals as he has Virender Sehwag caught behind

India bat first but Broad repays the selectors' faith when he has the dangerous Virender Sehwag caught behind in the second over

Gautam Gambhir hits out

Despite the loss of his partner, India's other opener, Gautam Gambhir, displays his usual range of attacking strokes

An England fan wearing a Santa hat and an Indian fan watch the game

Rain and bad light both threaten to halt play during a chilly morning session for both sets of fans in Mohali

Rahul Dravid drives between fielders Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell

Dravid is the epitome of patient accumulation as he and Gambhir increase the Indian score to 51-1 by lunch

Rahul Dravid and Gautham Gambhir complete a run, watched by England's Andrew Flintoff

Dravid (left) and Gambhir continue to build their second-wicket partnership during the afternoon session

Gautam Gambhir forces the ball to leg

Gambhir reaches his half century off 101 balls, just before the hundred partnership is reached

A general view of the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

Although the crowd increases during the day, there are still plenty of empty seats at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium

England captain Kevin Pietersen with Stuart Broad (left) and Monty Panesar (right)

England captain Kevin Pietersen rotates his bowlers, but neither Broad (left) nor Monty Panesar (right) can make the breakthrough

Rahul Dravid lifts his bat in celebration after reaching 50

And Dravid passes 50 for the first time in eight Test innings in the last over before tea - India are 134-1 at the interval

Gautam Gambhir aims a huge hit, watched by keeper Matt Prior and slip Paul Collingwood

Graeme Swann nearly claims Gambhir twice - a catch is dropped and a strong lbw appeal rejected - but Gambhir then hits Swann for six

Gautam Gambhir looks to the heavens after reaching his century

And the left-hander from Delhi soon reaches his hundred - his third century in six innings - off 214 balls, having hit 11 fours

Umpires Asad Rauf and Daryl Harper consult their light meters

Bad light, having delayed the start, forces an early finish with India 179-1. Play will start half-an-hour early at 0330 GMT on Saturday

Ian Bell (right) shakes hands with Gautam Gambhir

And as the players walk off, some England fielders sportingly shake Gambhir's hand in recognition of his century



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