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India v England 2nd Test day three photos

India captain Mahendra Dhoni (left) gestures as play ends early on day two

India's players took the field briefly on Saturday - but England are yet to face a ball after the start of day three is delayed by fog

Players warm up in the fog after the start is delayed

The start had been brought forward to 0900 local time (from 0930) to make up time lost on previous days - they eventually begin at 1030

Zaheer Khan celebrates as he traps Andrew Strauss lbw

Zaheer Khan strikes with the third ball of the England innings as Andrew Strauss is adjudged lbw by umpire Daryl Harper

Ian Bell is clean bowled by Ishant Sharma

Ian Bell, under pressure for his place, follows in the next over when Ishant Sharma removes his middle stump to leave England 1-2

Kevin Pietersen hits out

Captain Kevin Pietersen survives a nervous first over against Yuvraj Singh's spin, but is soon back in his normal attacking mode

Alastair Cook sweeps, watched by India captain and keeper Mahendra Dhoni

At the other end, opener Alastair Cook uses the sweep shot well as England reach 52-6 by lunch

Alastair Cook is congratulated by Kevin Pietersen after reaching his fifty

Both batsmen carefully compile half centuries - Cook reaching his off 56 balls, while Pietersen's comes off 61 deliveries

Zaheer Khan (centre) celebrates the dismissal of Alastair Cook (left) with Yuvraj Singh (right)

But after a third-wicket stand of 103, Cook's vigil is ended when he becomes Zaheer's second lbw victim of the day

Mahendra Dhoni and Amit Mishra celebrate after combining to dismiss Paul Collingwood (right)

Paul Collingwood keeps Pietersen company for a while, before edging a superb Amit Mishra leg-break to keeper Mahendra Dhoni for 11

Andrew Flintoff hits out against Amit Mishra

Andrew Flintoff joins Pietersen, soon relinquishing his helmet against the spinners as the pair build an important fifth-wicket stand

Kevin Pietersen hits Harbhajan Singh for six, crossing his hands over for a "switch-hit"

Pietersen has the crowd on their feet when he smashes Harbhajan Singh for six, crossing his hands for a premeditated "switch-hit"

Kevin Pietersen lifts his bat to acknowledge the applause for his century

And the England skipper is soon celebrating his 15th Test century, reaching the landmark off 126 balls as England reach 211-4 at tea

Zaheer Khan bowls

Zaheer bowls a tight spell after tea which has Flintoff tied down for a while, but India are still looking for the breakthrough

Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen run a single

But Flintoff and Pietersen reach their century stand from 139 balls as the shadows lengthen in the evening sunshine

Andrew Flintoff

Flintoff, without a Test half century in nine innings, reaches his first such score since hitting 89 in Sydney in January 2007

Umpire Asad Rauf stretches

As the Indian over-rate slows during the evening session, umpire Asad Rauf takes the opportunity to do some stretching exercises

Harbhajan Singh celebrates the wicket of Kevin Pietersen with Mahendra Dhoni

But just when England look well set, Harbhajan Singh traps Pietersen lbw for 144 to leave them 280-5

Kevin Pietersen walks off after being dismissed

Pietersen takes a few seconds to leave his crease, and is clearly frustrated at being dismissed so near to the close of play

Andrew Flintoff is caught at short leg by Gautam Gambhir (not pictured)

But there is a final sting in the tail for England as Flintoff is caught at the wicket for 62 off the final ball of the day - England are 282-6

India's players leave the field at the end of play

And India's players leave the field with smiles on their faces, still leading England by 171 runs



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