The sun was shining to greet the fourth day's play but it was, once again, not the brightest of starts for India. Beginning the day 39 runs behind and top four batsmen in the batting order back in the hut, it was important for Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari to stay at the crease for as long as possible.
Instead, both of them departed within the first 20 minutes of the day's play, adding just four more to the overnight total. Rahane was the first to go edging a Trent Boult delivery to BJ Watling for 29. It was Boult's fourth wicket, each one of them coming from around-the-wicket angle. Next over, Tim Southee brought the ball in sharply to Vihari, going through his defence to clatter the ball into the stumps.
R Ashwin followed the suit when Tim Southee wrapped him in front of the stumps.
After losing three early wickets and with Rishabh Pant the only specialist batsman left, the writing seems to be on the wall for India.