England hold the whip hand over India after two days of the fourth and final Test in Nagpur, with James Anderson taking three wickets including that of fading superstar Sachin Tendulkar for a record ninth time.
Anderson removed Virender Sehwag in India's first over, and also had Gautam Gambhir caught behind, as the home side went to stumps at 4-87, still 243 behind England's first innings score of 330.
But it was the wicket of Tendulkar which symbolised India's decline, the world record Test scorer bowled by Anderson for just two.
And like England with skipper Alastair Cook yesterday, India were on the wrong end of a key decision which saw Cheteshwar Pujara (26) given out caught bat-pad off Graeme Swann although the ball came off his forearm.
England, who resumed on 5-199, were boosted by some mid-to-lower order resistance from new boy Joe Root (73), Matt Prior (57) and Swann (56), while Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla finished with 4-69.
England currently lead the four-Test series 2-1.