BIRMINGHAM – India were set a target of 194 to win the first Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday with more than two days' play left in the game.
They dismissed England for 180 in their second innings, with fast bowler Ishant Sharma taking three wickets in an over en route to five for 51 in 13 overs.
The hosts slumped to 87 for seven before Sam Curran's 63 bolstered the total in what is England's 1,000th Test.
His innings meant the 20-year-old Curran had scored a maiden Test fifty in just his second match at this level a day after the Surrey left-arm swing bowler returned Test-best figures of four for 74.
But with seven sessions remaining, England now need a supreme effort in the field to prevent India taking a 1-0 lead in this five-match series.
Scoreboard at tea on the third day of the first Test between England and India at Edgbaston on Friday:
England 1st Innings 287 (J Root 80, J Bairstow 70; R Ashwin 4-62, M Shami 3-64)
India 1st Innings 274 (V Kohli 149; S Curran 4-74)
England 2nd Innings (overnight: 9-1)
A. Cook b Ashwin 0
K. Jennings c Rahul b Ashwin 8
J. Root c Rahul b Ashwin 14
D. Malan c Rahane b Sharma 20
J. Bairstow c Dhawan b Sharma 28
B. Stokes c Kohli b Sharma 6
J. Buttler c Karthik b Sharma 1
S. Curran c Karthik b Yadav 63
A. Rashid b Yadav 16
S. Broad c Dhawan b Sharma 11
J. Anderson not out 0
Extras (b10, lb2, nb1) 13
Total (all out, 53 overs, 233 mins) 180
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Cook), 2-18 (Jennings), 3-39 (Root), 4-70 (Malan), 5-85 (Bairstow), 6-86 (Stokes), 7-87 (Buttler), 8-135 (Rashid), 9-176 (Broad), 10-180 (Curran)
Bowling: Shami 12-2-38-0; Ashwin 21-4-59-3; Sharma 13-0-51-5 (1nb); Yadav 7-1-20-2
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wkt), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav
Match position: India set 194 to win
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Chris Gaffaney (NZL)
TV umpire: Marais Erasmus (RSA)
Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)
Agence France-Presse (AFP)