The hit-the-deck delivery may set up the most thrilling bowled and leg-before dismissals, but nothing beats the delight of forcing the batsman to pursue the ball in England. On a rain-shortened day at Edgbaston, Jasprit Bumrah performed that trick three times—twice off balls that weren’t intended to be bowled in the first place—to damage England’s confidence in less than a month. Bumrah provided just the right amount of excitement for this Test until Mohammed Siraj swooped in to remove the crutch England usually relies on by luring Joe Root into a most unexpected tickle off Rishabh Pant.

England is still very much in the game. At 84/5, the prospect of an English comeback, as shown by the home audiences in the home series against New Zealand, remains, but it is gloomy. The only difference is that, since this is a one-off game, England has a lower chance of making things stick. With no Alex Lees, Zac Crawley, Ollie Pope, or Root at the bat, England has unwittingly limited its possibilities to only two individual innings to go close to India’s first innings total of 416.

Bairstow wasn’t quite faultless throughout his tenure there. Root was neither for the majority of his 67-ball career. With each ball aiming at their stumps, testing their defense by hooping through gaps, thudding into their pads, and feeling for their edges, England has been forced to acknowledge that India is not New Zealand.

Batting against such a disciplined bowling assault requires more than just talent. Root, the best No 3 in the previous two years, was beaten until Siraj got the cross-seam ball to rear from a tight line, clipping the glove as Root frantically tried to convert the effort into a cut. The dismissals and struggle only serve to highlight India’s achievement in reaching 416.