England were contested for just 112 points on day one of their third test as they posted their lowest first-set total in India.
Zak Crawley was the only hitter to make an impression hitting an elegant half century, but tourists were exposed by spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin.
India finished the day well in 99-3 but took the key wicket from Virat Kohli before the close.
England legend Kevin Pietersen criticized England’s performance on day one and said it looked like there was no game plan.
He told talkSPORT: “Again, this is how England lost their wickets. This is the concern and worries of the passage of the game today.
“There was bad technique. It comes down to bad technique. It was the rabbit in the headlights. There was a crowd and there was noise.
“There were spinners like some spinning and others not. This kind of natural variation, you have to have some defense.
“I don’t think the English players have a defense today. They didn’t have a game plan today.
“At batting in India it’s about spinning and slow bowlers. Crawley faced off against all the designers and got a lot of his points against the designers.
“I haven’t seen anything today that shows me these guys are good enough to play spinners under these conditions. Here’s the problem.
“This is why India is so dominant in India. That’s why it’s such a great series, especially after winning the first test match. “
England’s controversial rest and rotation policy made four more changes to their playing XI, with Crawley returning from an unlucky wrist injury and Bairstow returning from a Yorkshire break as Rory Burns and Dan Lawrence dropped out of the top three.
They also played on the seam, with James Anderson and Jofra Archer rebalancing offense in favor of rhythm as second spinner Dom Bess was overlooked.
Five of the top six failed to make contact with the ball on defense, Zak Crawley, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes all pushed forward and Ollie Pope bowled in a similar attempt.
Crawley was the only player to make a good impression before leaving, hitting 10 elegant limits in 53 innings which would later be presented as an oasis of calm in an otherwise desperate display. For nearly two hours, he pounded with elegant authority and an ominous hint of what might still be possible if the hosts found their rhythm.
While the previous test sparked much debate around the fitness of the pitch, which took a lavish turn from the first moment, England seemed scared by the possibility of big spin rather than reality. With Patel’s six for 38 and Ashwin’s three for 26 due to meticulous consistency and minor variations.
Rohit Sharma passed 50 with the bat for India to keep his team in control, but England picked up Kohli late when he dragged Leach into his stumps when he was cramped for the place.
By this time, England had already seen Pope bombard a simple hold at the ravine before a very close call against Rohit was sent by Shamshuddin within seconds, leaving Root to scold the referees on the ground.
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