After dominating the morning session, India lost wickets fast, including that of Murali Vijay to leave the tie evenly balanced as the hosts went for Tea at 348-6 on the third day of the fourth Test.
The impressive Vijay was caught and bowled by the persistent Moeen Ali on 136, attempting to slog a full toss to the boundary, playing into the spinner’s hands instead.
And the young Karun Nair followed Vijay back to pavilion soon after, a lengthy DRS review overruling the umpire’s initial decision of not out, as Ali picked up another valuable wicket.
Pathiv Patel was next, with Joe Root the surprise wicket-taker, as the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman attempted drive backfired, edging one behind to a gleeful Jonny Bairstow.
Root’s wonder spell wasn’t over as he got rid ofRavichandran Ashwin for a duck in his next over, as the Indian’s nudge was somehow smothered by Keaton Jennings at short leg.
Even Kohli struggled for runs after lunch, despite edging past the half-century mark for the umpteenth time in his storied career.
England have responded well and should Ravindra Jadeja and Kohli depart soon, they may be able to preserve some of their lead.
A remarkable feat as at one stage India looked sure shot to overtake England’s first innings total of 400 before the end of day’s play without much fuss.