The fourth Test match on Day 3 was poised at an intriguing stage, but India soon suffered a humiliation thanks to indifferent bowling from bowlers.
At the end of first session England were 325/8 with Jos Buttler (70) and Joe Root (77) both scoring fifties, as hosts piled on misery to take lead to 173 runs.
Now India will have a daunting task to recover and they will have to bat well in the second innings to entertain thoughts of even drawing this match.
The lone wicket-taker for India was Pankaj Singh who managed to pick a two wickets, but has given away 99 runs in doing so.
Earlier, on Day 2 India came out all guns blazing on a cloudy morning. The seamers bowled really well in the conditions that is known to favour them. Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck twice in the first hour and Varun Aaron’s ripper, Indian bowlers reduced England to 201-6 at lunch lead by 49 runs.
Initially it was Pankaj Singh who troubled the batsmen with some fine piece of seam bowling. But once again, the tall quick from Rajasthan was unlucky to miss out on the wicket taker’s column. Bhuvneshwar drew the first blood of the day when he dismissed night watchman Chris Jordon with a bouncer. It wasn’t the need of the hour as Jordon tried to hook the ball just to see the cherry inside the palm of Aaron at mid-wicket.
In the very next over, Bhuvneshwar struck again, this time with an all-important wicket of Ian Bell for 58. Moeen Ali and Joe Root batted sensibly and took England past India’s total of 152 before Aaron produced a beauty. After almost getting rid of Ali with a sharp bouncer, Aaron followed up with an inswinger from around the wicket and troubled the wood work.
Joe Root and Jos Buttler remain not-out at the crease as the Indians are not in a mood to attack the opposition. This is evident by the field that is set to Ashwin and Jadeja which provides some quick singles to the batsmen.
But soon after lunch heavens opened up which did not allowed play to be further commenced.