Nottinghamshire took four wickets in the afternoon session at the Kia Oval to take charge of their Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Surrey, who reached tea on 203 for 6.
On 91 for one at one stage, after choosing to bat first on winning a toss, Surrey’s opening day slide began just before lunch when Kumar Sangakkara was bowled by Steven Mullaney for 29 after he had added 73 in 21 overs for the second wicket with Arun Harinath.
Harinath went on to score 73 from 144 balls before being fourth out, caught behind nibbling at Samit Patel immediately after lofting the slow left-armer over mid on for his eighth four.
Sangakkara had earlier gone past 19,000 career first-class runs as he and Harinath rallied Surrey after the early loss of Rory Burns for 4 when the opener edged fast bowler Jake Ball to the keeper in the ninth over.
At lunch Surrey were 98 for 2 but, from the second ball after the interval, Gary Wilson top-edged a sweep at Matt Carter’s off spin to be caught at backward square leg for 2.
Zafar Ansari departed for a fourth ball duck, leg before to the persevering Harry Gurney in the next over following Harinath’s dismissal, and a promising sixth wicket alliance between Steven Davies and Ben Foakes was cut short when Foakes, driving loosely on 22 ,edged the testing Ball to keeper Riki Wessels.
At tea, Davies was still there on 42 not out and the left-hander had played a responsible hand. Tom Curran was with him on an unbeaten 12.
Surrey had opted to bat first even though the pitch looked to have more green grass on it than is usual, and Harinath enjoyed a life on 12 when, in Ball’s fourth over, he slashed high to first slip where Dan Christian could not cling on to the fast-travelling edge above his head.
Sangakkara hit five fours in his 58-ball innings but was beaten as he played back to Mullaney after the Notts captain brought his medium pacers into the attack from the Pavilion End. There also looked to be an inside edge.