The first half hour has been a much tougher examination of India than yesterday morning.
Despite the beatings of the bat, England have not picked up a wicket. The lack of success could eventually lead to frustration.
Vijay sure in defense as Broad jags one back into him.
FOUR! Vijay plays a lazy square drive that splits the gap between point and silly mid-off. Looked innocuous as it left the bat and then it raced to the boundary.
Plays the next ball to the left of point but Moeen Ali is covering third man and is able to run around and restrict Vijay to two runs.
Of the 17 runs added in the first 9 overs today, Dhoni's contribution has been two.
The frustration is getting to him as he charges Plunkett but fails to time the ball.
LOUD shout for lbw as Dhoni comes down the pitch and is hit on the pads by Plunkett. He looked to be outside the line though.
By the way, Dhoni and Vijay need one more run to bring up the first 100-run partnership of the innings.
Stokes has come and Dhoni runs a quick single to cover to reach the milestone, then they get a second from the overthrow as nobody was backing up.
FOUR! Dhoni charges Stokes and bashes him through midwicket. The pressure has lifted now that Broad and Anderson have been taken of.
This is the big problem for England. Their bowling isn't any good when the pitch doesn't help.
Eight from Stokes' first over of the day. India breathes a sigh of relief.
Aakash Chopra thinks Cook has missed a trick this morning.
Plunkett promptly fires in an inswinging yorker but it is too full and ends up as a low full toss that Vijay comfortably blocks.
Neither him or Stokes looking anything near as threatening as Broad.
After 103 overs, India is 286 for 4, with Vijay on 138 and Dhoni on 60.
Vijay is coming up for seven hours at the crease.
Plunkett continues to bowl without much reward. Not much happening at this point.
Stokes to bowl what should be the final over before the drinks break.
FOUR! Wide and full from Stokes and Vijay crashes him square of the wicket. He has been so quick to seize on anything full and wide while at the same time staying solid in defence when necessary.
That boundary was the most exciting thing to happen in the over.
FOUR! Dhoni takes a couple of steps forward and drives Stokes upishly past short extra-cover.
Dhoni and Vijay slowly taking control of this first session now.
Cook has packed the offside to Dhoni and has England bowling wide of offstump trying to tempt the India captain.
Shot mid-off in place with Plunkett bowling to Vijay.
FOUR! Stokes is too straight and too full and Vijay leans forward and flicks wristily through midwicket to bring up India's 300. His driving has been imperious in this innings.
After 108 overs, India is 300 for 4, with Vijay on 146 and Dhoni on 65.
Stokes gets through another maiden.
I should mention India have broken their 300 hoodoo in England. In 2011, they managed to get to 300 just once in eight innings. In 2014, it is one out of one. A new dawn? Perhaps, yes.
Then again, it i just one innings on a flat pitch that would not be out of place in the subcontinent. So we should not jump to conclusions.
Cook turns to Anderson for that elusive breakthrough.
Vijay happy to leave anything from Anderson he does not have to play at.
A yorker on the stumps does require his attention though and he jabs his bat down on it.
Anderson also produces a maiden. Both teams daring the other to do something different at this stage.
Cook has decided to do something different. Time for something akin to offspin from Ali.
Ali bowled 9 overs for 50 runs on the first day.
Dhoni decides the reverse-sweep is the order of the day. He was wrong and misses. The ball strikes the front pad and England go up in unison for lbw but the ball had turned too much.
Anderson now has a chance to bowl at Vijay. Gets a couple of jag back into the batsman, who is equal to the task.