Ishant Sharma started the wicket fall for England when he got opener Alastair Cook out for only 2. (AFP and AP Images)
Sreesanth, coming in place of an injured Zaheer Khan, justified his selection, getting rid of England's ever reliable batsman Jonathan Trott in his first over.
Kevin Pietersen then combined with captain Andrew Strauss to steady England after the 2 early wickets.
Kevin Pietersen's resistance was however broken straight after lunch as Sreesanth gave India an early break in the 2nd session.
Andrew Strauss, who had played patiently until then, also departed after nicking a Praveen Kumar delivery to Suresh Raina.
Eoin Morgan failed to fire with the bat yet again as he lasted only 3 balls before being given lbw out to Praveen Kumar.
Matt Prior had saved England with a century in the 1st Test at Lord's but could not replicate his knock here, falling cheaply after nicking a Sreesanth delivery to Rahul Dravid at slips.
Ian Bell held one end together for a long time but fell just before tea after offering a catch to MS Dhoni behind the stumps off Ishant Sharma.
However, just when all looked lost for the hosts, Stuart Broad combined with Graeme Swann to revive England.
Graeme Swann played his shots and added 73 runs for the 9th wicket with Stuart Broad before departing for 28.
In reply to England's 221, India started off disastrously as James Anderson got a wicket off the first ball.
Abhinav Mukund, the only Indian specialist opener to be playing this Test, failed to give India a good start, falling for a duck.
Rahul Dravid, who opened the innings in the absence of the injured Gautam Gambhir, played defiantly and is unbeaten on 7 off 38 balls.
Giving Rahul Dravid company at the crease is VVS Laxman who stood his ground and ended the day on 13 off 52 balls.
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