Mohali: Virat Kohli and company will be a happy lot after the first day's play in the third Test as Team India dominated proceedings. England, who chose to bat first after winning the toss, ended the day at 268/8 with all the Indian bowlers picking up wickets.
Earlier, Karun Nair made his Test debut as KL Rahul aggravated his forearm injury and Parthiv Patel made his Test comeback after eight long years.
England opted to bat on a dry Mohali wicket and made three changes with Gareth Batty, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes coming in for Stuart Broad, Ben Duckett and Zafar Ansari respectively..
Alastair Cook (27) was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja at the third slip in the 3rd over bowled by Mohammed Shami.
Just when it looked like England are taking control of the match, Umesh Yadav removed Haseem Hameed (9) as the ball rose sharply from the good length spot to hit the youngster on the gloves. Ajinkya Rahane completed an easy catch in the slips.
India gained the momentum after the fall of Hameed’s wicket and Virat Kohli brought Jayant Yadav into the attack. After bowling a maiden, the spinner got rid of the danger-man Joe Root (15) as he played a poor shot and was adjudged LBW. Jayant bowled another maiden - this time with a wicket.
Ashwin was having a forgettable day in the field and made few more fumbles which cost India some valuable runs but he made up for it in brilliant fashion.
Cook was looking well settled but Ashwin got a first-ball wicket as the England skipper tried to cut a short-pitched ball towards the off side and edged it straight into the gloves of Parthiv who got his 50th dismissal in Test cricket with that catch.
Shami finally got a wicket when Moeen Ali - who was looking good and hit a four and six off Jayant - was caught by Murali Vijay at deep fine leg after attempting to pull a short delivery. The southpaw had contributed for 16 runs to the English total.
England made a good fightback in the post-lunch session as Jonny Bairstow (89) and Ben Stokes (29) played cautiously against the Indian spinners and put on a 57-run stand for the fifth wicket before Jadeja dismissed Stokes when he tried to hit a tossed-up delivery from the spinner and was stumped by Patel in the 44th over.
The scoring rate improved in the second session but with five wickets down, England needed a big partnership.
Bairstow looked steady at the other end and completed his 13th Test fifty to take England past 150 in the 46th over. He got good support from wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and they had a crucial partnership for the sixth wicket to take England past the 200-run mark just before tea.
Bairstow, who is the leading run-getter in Test matches this year, kept a steady head and along with Chris Woakes took England past the 250-run mark. But Jayant Yadav bowled a beauty from round the wicket to fox the well set Bairstow who was adjudged LBW.
Umesh Yadav then produced one of the deliveries of the innings to castle Chris Woakes who was batting well on 25. The ball nipped in from an angle after pitch just outside the off-stump and crashed into the stumps to give India the edge just before stumps.