Centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli took India from an initial spot of bother to a commanding total of 317/4 at stumps on the first day of the Vizag Test against England.
Openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay departed early, and at 22-2, the hosts were tottering.
The ever-dependable duo of Pujara and Kohli stepped up and scored crucial runs to strike up a 226-run partnership, grabbing back control and frustrating the visitors to no end.
While Pujara did eventually depart for 119, caught behind by Jonny Bairstow off the fit-again James Anderson’s bowling, Kohli remained unbeaten on 151 with Ravichandran Ashwin for company.
Anderson, back in the line up after an absence due to a shoulder injury, was the pick of the visiting bowlers, bagging three wickets while fellow pacer Stuart Broad nabbed the other wicket.
Ajinkya Rahane fell late on the day to give England a glimmer of hope, as Alastair Cook’s gamble to use the new ball with just three overs remaining paid off handsomely.
The pitch in Vizag is clearly deteriorating, and by the third day, things will be interesting as there is expected to be plenty of unpredictable turn and bounce and wickets will surely tumble.
For the moment, however, India are looking good and look set to post a big total before end of play on the second day barring any unforeseen collapse.