India's batting capitulation continued in the Southampton Test as chasing a stiff 445 to win, the visitors were reeling at 112/4 at stumps on Day 4 - leaving England withing striking distance of a series-levelling victory on the final day.
Riding on James Anderson's 5 for 53, England didn't take time to wrap up the Indian first innings at 330 on the fourth morning, which gave them a giganti 239-run first-innings lead.
Alastair Cook then decided not to enforce the follow-on and led England's brisk second innings with a knock of 70*, well supported by Joe Root's 56, to take England to 205 for 4 declared for a lead of 444 runs.
India's run-chase was then deflated by Moeen Ali who got the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (2) and Virat Kohli (28) after Murali Vijay was run out for 12 by Stuart Broad. Joe Root joined in the fun to remove Shikhar Dhawan for 37.
At stumps, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma on the crease at 18* and 6* with a mountain to climb on the final day of the Test.
Renowned for their ability to play spin, India lost three wickets to Moeen Ali and Joe Root -- both primarily batsmen and regarded as 'part-time' off-break bowlers.
The last thing India, 1-0 up in the five-match series after their 95-run win in the second Test at Lord's, needed now was a run out. Yet that was exactly what they got.
Dhawan clipped the ball onto the onside but Vijay just failed to beat Stuart Broad's underarm throw from short midwicket.
And 26 for one became 29 for two when Ali struck second ball to dismiss Pujara with the aid of a sharp slip catch by Chris Jordan.
After India had started to rebuild, Cook's decision to bring on Root proved inspired when he dismissed the well-set Dhawan.
Root produced a classic off-break which turned away from the left-hander and found the outside edge, with Jordan holding another smart slip catch.
Ali then found himself centre stage again for his bowling.
He produced a ball that went straight on with the arm and the struggling Kohli pushed hard, with England debutant wicketkeeper Jos Buttler holding the outside edge at the second attempt.
India were now 89 for four on another sunny day ideal for batting and on an essentially good pitch.
And they would have been 102 for five had Anderson held a low but catchable return chance off Sharma.
India, 323 for eight overnight in reply to England's first innings 569 for seven declared, were dismissed for 330.