Stuart Broad scripted India's collapse on Saturday with a hat-trick as India lost their last six wickets in the space of 21 runs to let England come back on Day 2 of the second Test at Trent Bridge.
RahulDravid's 34th Test century and Yuvraj Singh's half century were the highlights of the day for India. But Broad (6/46) stole the limelight late in day with a six-wicket haul to dismiss India for 288, restricting the visitors' first innings lead to 67.
Tim Bresnan brought joy to the England camp by dismissing VVSLaxman (54) on Day 2 of the second Test against India.
Earlier, veteran Indian batsmen RahulDravid and Laxman came out playing their shots in an attempt to put the England seamers off.
Indian pacers and England all-rounder Stuart Broad turned out to be the stars of day one of the second Test at Trent Bridge on Friday. While three wickets each by Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar and S Sreesanth helped India dismiss the hosts for 221, Broad's 64 runs rescued England from a precarious 124/8 on a day when the ball swung the whole day.
India then came out to negotiate a tricky 15-over period to end the day at 24/1, with RahulDravid (7 not out) and VVSLaxman (13 not out) at the crease.
Earlier, Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth got India off to a dream start by taking one wicket apiece to back MS Dhoni's decision to bowl first.
Sharma opened the bowling with Praveen Kumar in the absence of Zaheer Khan who failed to recover from his hamstring injury for the second Test.
An overcautious start by the England openers led to the downfall of Alastair Cook (2) who, after surviving the first close shout against Sharma, was given out lbw on the second one against the same bowler.
Sreesanth, brought in as first change, was hit for a four by Strauss off the very first ball of his return to Test cricket. But he more than made up for it by taking out England No. 3 Jonathan Trott (4), who edged an outswinger straight to VVSLaxman in the slips, in the same over.
Kevin Pietersen then strode in to join his skipper in the middle with the score at 23 for two.
Pietersen chose to kick-start aggressively and took over from where he left at Lord's by dispatching Sreesanth to the boundary twice in the same over.
But Indian bowlers failed to make anymore breakthroughs as England sailed to relatively safer shores with their two most experienced batters still at the crease, having added 46 runs for the third wicket.
The second session began on the similar happy note as the first one for India, with the swing of Indian bowlers accounting for the dangerous Pietersen, (29) well-set Strauss (32) and an in-form Matt Prior in the space of 19 runs.
The break may have undid Pietersen's concentration as he edged a Sreesanth delivery in the first over after the break straight to Suresh Raina in the slips.
Kumar, brought back after lunch, then got one to shape away from the England skipper, who was sucked into a drive and only managed to knick it to Raina for his second catch of the day.
Sreesanth continued to impress and was unplayable under the seaming, swinging conditions. He didn't take too long to take his second wicket of the day when a jaffer opened Prior up and the edge was safely pouched by Dravid.
Prior's catch also became Dravid's400th international catch of his distinguished career.
England could have been seven down soon after but Dravid failed to latch onto a catch offered by Bell off Kumar.
Subsequently, Tim Bresnan and Bell started settling and took the England score past 100. However, they could stretch their partnership only as far as 29 runs when Sharma came back to remove Bresnan (11).
Sharma delivered another telling blow minutes before team when the hosts' last hope Bell was sent back into the hut.
After doing all the hard work to score 31 runs, Bell poked at one outside the off-stump and the snick landed straight into Dhoni's gloves to end the second session with England tottering at 124/8.
But the English tailenders Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann came out attacking after Tea to put off the Indian seamers. The duo used the long handle to good effect, hitting a few boundaries in quick succession.
Unlike their top order, Broad and Swann didn't hold themselves back and hit over the field as the Indian pacers lost their line and length, bowling short instead of up to the tailenders.
Subsequently, from 124/8, the duo added 73 runs and took the England score to 197 when a rising Kumar delivery got Swann (28 off 35) taking evasive action. The ball took the shoulder of his bat for a simple catch to Abhinav Mukund in the gully.
Meanwhile, Broad continued to have a good time and went on to complete his half century in just 56 balls.
In the morning, India made a couple of changes in their team that lost the first Test at Lord's. Other than Zaheer, Gautam Gambhir also failed to recover form his elbow injury suffered in the first Test.
Yuvraj Singh and Sreesanth replaced the injured duo. RahulDravid is most likely to open the innings in Gambhir's absence.
On the other hand, England made just one change from the team that won the first Test as the injured Chris Tremlett was replaced by fellow paceman Tim Bresnan.
With England already 1-0 up in the four-Test series following their convincing win at the Lord's, the pressure is on India. A two-match victory margin for England in the series will see them leapfrpog India to the No. 1 Test ranking.
India took control on day one of the second Test against England as the hosts were reduced to 124/8 at Tea on Friday at Trent Bridge.
Ishant Sharma and S Sreesanth got India off to a dream start in the second Test against England here at Trent Bridge on Friday by taking one early wicket apiece to put the hosts on the backfoot.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first against England in the second Test match on Friday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
India win the toss and will bowl. It's confirmed that Yuvraj Singh will play in place of Gautam Gambhir, Dravid to open, and Sreesanth plays for Zaheer. "We would've had a bowl as well, but I don't think it's a bad toss to lose, the wicket doesn't look too bad," says Andrew Strauss. He also confirms that Tim Bresnan is in the side for Chris Tremlett, who hasn't been able to regain full fitness - he had a back spasm yesterday to go with his gammy hamstring.
India have made couple of changes in their team that lost the first Test at Lord's. Zaheer Khan has been ruled out with a hamstring injury that he sustained during the first Test. Whereas opening batsman Gautam Gambhir has also been ruled as he suffered a blow on his left arm while fielding in the Lord's Test.
Team India suffered another blow ahead of the second Test on Friday, when opening batsman Gautam Gambhir was ruled out due to the injury suffered on his left elbow during the Lord's Test.
This would severely hamper India's chances who are already without their premier pace bowler Zaheer Khan.