England are in pole position to claim the number one spot in the ICC’s Test rankings after another day of dominance over the India, the team they are trying to usurp.
The tourists were put in by England skipper Andrew Strauss and were bowled out for 224 with returning opener Virender Sehwag removed first ball. Only captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni added any respectability with a pugnacious 77 that included 10 fours and three sixes hoisting his team to a more presentable total.
Stuart Broad and Tm Bresnan did the damage with four wickets each with James Anderson picking up the other two as the seamers wreaked havoc once again.
When it came to their turn to bat, England negotiated a tricky first three overs in which they were unable to score a run but once Alastair Cook and his opening partner Strauss had seen off the new ball, the runs began to flow with the captain reaching his half century.
England ended the day on 84 for 0, just 140 runs behind India and with all their first innings wickets in tact.