Resuming the second session at 86/6, England could add another 74 runs, thanks to Sam Curran's sensational 63 off 65 deliveries, even as pacer Ishant Sharma (5/51) continued with his fine rhythm to trouble the lower batting order of the hosts.
Indian captain Virat Kohli, left, and Dinesh Karthik leave the field at the end of the day's play on the third day of the first test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston.
It all started with R Ashwin sending back Keaton Jennings and Joe Root inside the first 30 minutes before Ishant Sharma came on to bowl and dismissed David Malan.
The 20-year-old left-armer proved he can be a major weapon if the ball is swinging.
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India's hopes of victory in the first test against England once again rest with captain Virat Kohli. The Yorkshireman's round of broadcast interviews to clear the air were most welcome.
England desperately required early wickets and Stuart Broad obliged by removing openers Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan to leave India 22 for two.
Virat Kohli single-handedly kept India in the first Test with his maiden hundred in England but the captain would still rate the memorable knock second to his 141 in a lost run-chase against Australia in Adelaide nearly four years ago.
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Ashwin, who also took the wicket of Alastair Cook with the final ball of the second day, had figures of 3-34.
Ashwin took three for 59 to follow his first-innings four for 62.
Lokesk Rahul took both catches.
It feels as though Anderson holds the key and it has been impossible to take your eyes off the battle between England's highest-ever wicket-taker and the India captain throughout this match.
Middlesex left-hander Dawid Malan arguably "owed" England a big score after dropping Kohli in the slips on 21 and 51. "The good thing was I had overs behind me". India saw a couple of edges not getting into the hands of the fielders.
He struck Ashwin for a magnificent straight six and next ball drove him to long-on for four.
He was eventually last man out on the stroke of tea, caught behind off Umesh Yadav.