England remained firmly on top in Chennai thanks to some brilliant bowling, brilliant fielding, and the odd slice of luck.
Not for the first time this winter off spinner Dom Bess grabbed the spotlight with four wickets to illustrate how he continues to thrive in Test cricket.
And there was no better way to open your account in India than by having Virat Kohli as your first wicket from a superb bit of bowling.
By the close of day three India had reached 257-6 on a pulsating day of Test cricket, still 321 runs behind England's eventual first innings tally with plenty more work to be done.
Initially Bess helped add 23 more to England's overnight score, but once he and then James Anderson were removed it was all about their efforts with the ball.
Jofra Archer set them on their way with two early wickets to remove Rohit Sharma, nibbling at one outside off stump that he could have left, and Shubman Gill thanks to the first stunning catch of the day from Anderson diving forward at mid-on.
As the players walked off the field Bess could be spotted showing Rory Burns exactly how he thought he might be able to get Kohli, if only he could drag him forward and get one to turn.
After the break that is exactly how it happened. Kohli pressed forward with unusually hard hands, the ball bounced and turned to take the inside edge and be grabbed by Ollie Pope at short leg.
Soon after Bess had Joe Root to thank as the England skipper leapt full length to his left to catch Ajinkya Rahane at cover one handed as if his earlier superman impression with the bat wasn't good enough.
Cheteshwar Pujara remained the rock on which so much Indian success is built, while Rishabh Pant took the fight to England and Jack Leach in particular as if the game had suddenly become a T20.
The pair added 119 in vastly different styles until Bess' golden arm struck gold, as Pujara pulled a short ball that flicked off Pope's shoulder and looped safely to Burns at mid-wicket.
Pant tried his own luck, going for the big shot, once too often and rather than add to the five sixes he had already struck, he was caught at deep cover by Leach to give Bess his fourth of the day.
A couple of fanciful reviews from England were never going to dislodge Washington Sundar as he and Ravi Ashwin took India to the close without any further mishaps, but they are still a distant second best so far.
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