UPDATE: England are close to securing their first Test series win in India since 1984-85 as they prepare for Monday's final day of the series in Nagpur.
A steadying fourth-wicket stand between Jonathan Trott (66 not out) and Ian Bell (24 not out) saw the visitors finish day four of the fourth Test at 3-161 - an overall lead of 165.
Trott caused a stir by hammering Ravindra Jadeja for four after the ball slipped from his hand.
India, who trail in the series 2-1, were surprisingly passive in the first hour of play before they declared their first innings just four runs in arrears at 9-326.
The home side were helped in their bid to bowl out the tourists when Alastair Cook (13) was given out caught behind off Ravi Ashwin, the second rough decision the England captain had received in the latest match of the series to be blighted by poor umpiring and no DRS.
Right on tea India received another boost with the wicket of Nick Compton (34), and when Jadeja bowled Kevin Pietersen, England were 3-94.
However, Warwickshire duo Trott and Bell survived until the end as India tempers became frayed after a few close calls.