Nagpur: England pacer James Anderson picked up three wickets to hand India another batting collapse as they reached 87/4 at stumps, trailing 243 runs on Day 2 of the fourth and final Test against England at VCA Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.
Sachin Tendulkar's failed again to end his poor run in the series when he was clean bowled by James Anderson. It was length outside off deliver which kept low and took an inside edge onto the stumps.
Anderson struck again to pile more misery on India when he removed Gautam Gambhir to leave the hosts tottering at 71/4 at 31.4 overs. Anderson bowled a full delivery outside off Gambhir looked to drive and got a thin edge which was taken by Matt Prior behind the stumps.
Graeme Swann struck at a crucial time for England as he dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara to break solid second wicket stand.
It was an unlucky dismissal for Pujara who was caught brilliantly at short leg by Ian Bell after ball hitting batsman's elbow. Pujara and Gautam Gambhir added an unbeaten 58-run stand to steady Indian innings after losing Virender Sehwag in the first over of the innings.
India again got off to a poor start as they lost the prize wicket of Sehwag for a second-ball duck. Sehwag's middle stump was uprooted after he failed to negotiate a searing in-swinging ball from Anderson.
Earlier, Piyush Chawla's career-best haul of 4/69 ended England's first innings at 330. The 23-year-old Chawla thus bettered his earlier best of two for 66 versus South Africa at Kanpur in 2008.
Chawla's spell, after England resumed at the lunchtime score of 277 for seven, helped India wrap up the visitors' first innings within the first hour of play.
Chawla snapped up the wickets of debutant Joe Root (73), Graeme Swann who made 56, and James Anderson, in a superb post-lunch spell of 4.5-0-17-3, to add to his lone success yesterday.
The hosts, however, have a huge task ahead of them against a pumped-up Anderson -- he rattled Pujara with a scorching bumper immediately after his arrival -- and the other English bowlers.
England, who resumed at an overnight score of 199 for five, added 78 runs in 32 overs while losing the wickets of Matt Prior (57) and Tim Bresnan to Ravichandran Aswhin and Ishant Sharma.
England 330 (Root 73, Pietersen 73, Prior 57, Swann 56, Chawla 4-69, Sharma 3-49)
India 87 for 4 (Gambhir 37, Anderson 3-24)
Status India trail by 243 runs