James Anderson screamed in frustration as another catch went down and Virat Kohli survived before registering his 23 Test ton.
Kohli had made it to 93 when Anderson thought he had his man for the first time this series, but just as Dawid Malan did at Edgbaston in the first Test, Keaton Jennings dropped the chance and the Indian skipper marched on.
And in the next over he opened the face to one from Chris Woakes and raised his arms aloft in acknowledgment of a supreme performance.
Up until that drop it has been a chanceless innings, full of discipline and concentration, pretty much showing every other batsman how to play in these conditions.
He had been accompanied for most of the day by Cheteshwar Pujara, but he became England’s only success so far when Alastair Cook managed to hold on to an edge at slip and remove him for 72.
But whereas one wicket tends to open the floodgates for England, Ajinkya Rahane just kept on building India’s lead with his skipper.
Finally thought Woakes got his man when he trapped Kohli lbw for 103 and the review couldn’t save him, but by then the lead stood at a whopping 449 with plenty of time and power to add.
With the England dressing room fearing the worst on the pitch they also received some worrying news off it with the confirmation that Jonny Bairstow had fractured his left middle finger trying to take a ball that hit him awkwardly on the end of the glove.
Bairstow is understood to be prepared to bat during England’s second innings whenever that arrives, but his participation in the remainder of the series must be in doubt.
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