England's bowlers again laboured for minimal reward on the second morning of the first Investec Test against India at Trent Bridge.
Having fought a losing battle against the obdurate Murali Vijay on an unresponsive pitch on day one, England managed to snare the centurion for 146 but it was their only success of the opening session.
India added 83 runs to reach lunch on 342 for five, with a Matt Prior drop reprieving Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his way to 81 not out and Ravindra Jadeja making a breezy 24no.
England were the model of discipline and consistency in the first hour as James Anderson and Stuart Broad did everything but land a wicket.
Captain Alastair Cook loaded up a seven-two field and his senior bowlers delivered consistent testers around off stump.
Broad should have been celebrating an early scalp when Dhoni nicked the first ball of the third over but Prior, diving one-handed to his right, put down a catchable chance.
On a pitch with so little life and such modest carry, it was a lamentable miss.
Broad went back to the well and twice in the next four balls beat Dhoni's skittish attempts at attack.
At the other end Vijay, 122 not out overnight, got the scoreboard ticking with a couple of beautifully-timed strokes off Anderson but despite Dhoni's obvious intent, he could not get going.
His first 30 deliveries yielded only the two runs he got as a result of Prior's drop and after an hour's play India had added only 31 to their tally.
The pressure eased somewhat when Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes entered the fray, with a straight ball from the latter finally allowing Dhoni to locate the boundary.
A second four followed off the same bowler - Dhoni implausibly finding an aerial gap in the crowded offside field.
It took Anderson's return to bring the breakthrough, Vijay given lbw on the back foot within sight of his 150.
The ball was going to clear the stumps having struck Vijay's thigh pad but India's refusal to countenance DRS came back to bite them.
Vijay had been in position for 361 balls but his replacement, Jadeja, went about his business in an entirely opposite way.
He took an immediate liking to Moeen Ali's spin, clubbing his fourth ball for four and then launching two mighty straight sixes in three deliveries.