The opening day of the fourth Test witnessed the clatter of 13 wickets and when the last of these fell moments before the close, Joe Root looking back at a set of stumps freshly rearranged by Umesh Yadav, the mood changed significantly.
Root had been the captain in the ascendancy up to this point, having won the toss, asked India to bat and been rewarded with a relentless performance from an attack augmented by the return of Chris Woakes. The all-rounder claimed four for 55 and the tourists were bowled out for 191 in just shy of 62 overs.
But come stumps India felt better about life. This began with the cheap removals of Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed, the pair unable to repeat the century stand witnessed at Headingley as Jasprit Bumrah bowled the former off the inside edge for five and then had the latter caught behind trying to open his account with an uppercut.
Neither compared to the removal of Root, however, when his run of golden form was halted on 21 by the recalled Yadav. Dawid Malan will resume first thing, unbeaten on 21, but even if England’s No 3 looks as assured as he did in the final hour, Craig Overton alongside him as nightwatchman presents a chance to open up an end.