England paceman Ben Stokes and leg-spinner Adil Rashid powered a turnaround on the second day as the Indians, who led havoc earlier in the day, looked under pressure at stumps, scoring 271/6 at the PCA Stadium, Mohali on Sunday.
India started the day in perfect mood, wrapping the English line-up for 283 runs. Following it, wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel scored an establishing knock of 42 runs to take India to a comfortable score of 60/1 by lunch.
Skipper Vitrat Kohli (62), alongside Cheteshwar Pujara (51), put 75 runs for the third-wicket partnership and India concluded the second session brilliantly at 148/2.
However, the final session witnessed India faltering since the start as firstly Pujara lost his wicket to spinner Rashid (3/81) and then a series of dismissals followed.
Most dramatically, Ajinkya Rahane was tapped LBW by Rashid for a duck after a failed DRS.
Karun Nair (4) also failed to impress on his Test debut as he was run out by Jos Buttler.
Late in the day, lower-order all-round pair of Ravichandran Ashwin (57*) and Ravindra Jadeja (31*) stabilised India’s innings till stumps on Day 2. They put an unbeaten 67-run knock to keep India’s hope alive after a sudden top-order collapse.
India trails England by 12 runs and watching Ashwin and Jadeja’s current form, fans are assured of great action on Day 3 (Monday).