India's reviewing is poor again. Virat Kohli has done this before - deliberated for a while and gone with the review in the 11th hour, more with hope than conviction. On this occasion, it was for an LBW call against Jos Buttler, when the impact of the ball hitting the knee roll was clearly outside the off stump. Buttler survives and India lose 50 % of their reviews early.
This is exactly what England did not need! India have found an early breakthrough. Ravichandran Ashwin, who bowled tirelessly on Day 1, has earned his reward in the first over on Day 2. Ashwin tossed one up and drew Stokes to push at the ball away from his body. The England batsman got no where near the pitch of the ball and a faint nick off the outside edge was pouched by Parthiv Patel behind the stumps. Pressure on Moeen to carry on increases! England 288 for 5.
Moeen Ali's impressive 120* was the talking point from Day 1 of the Chennai Test, when Indian spinners found it tough to force breakthroughs on a slow and sluggish track. But, a fresh day brings a fresh narrative? England have 284 runs on the board, a centurion and a confident batsman in the middle and six wickets in hand - surely they're in the driver's seat. However, they will be well aware of the fact that they were in a similar position in the Mumbai Test and still lost by a comprehensive margin. Day 1 was hard work paying off but that can't stop if they are to finish the Test series on a happy note.
As for India, they need to start afresh. If the spinners can force a collapse today, it won't take time to turn the tables on the visitors. Big, big first session coming up today!