Winning the toss and batting first can be where most Test matches are won and lost in India but England failed to press home the advantage on day one of the third Test in Mohali.
The tourists' frail batting line up was exposed once again as quick wickets fell to leave them at 87-4 early on.
And in a common trend of 2016, it was up to the middle order to salvage some sort of respectable score from the early batsmen's wreckage.
Luckily for Alastair Cook and co. Jonny Bairstow proved as reliable as ever by digging in to top score with 89 before England eventually closed on 268-8.
Bairstow prevailed where his teammates couldn't by building up two decent partnerships alongside the returning Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.
Buttler fell for 43 in his first Test appearance in over a year after Stokes had also looked promising on 29 runs.
That was until he somewhat recklessly threw away his wicket to Ravindra Jadeja.
The all-rounder saw an opportunity to go over the top but completely missed the ball and was stumped well out of his crease by wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.
As Stokes departed the pitch, there were some unsavoury scenes as India captain Virat Kohli appeared to say something to get under the Englishman's skin.
As you can see in the video below, it isn't clear the exact content of the sledging, however, given Stokes had just got out, you don't need to be a genius to work out the gist of it.
Whatever was said, it was enough to stop Stokes on his way back to the pavilion and you'd expect the English all-rounder gave as good as his got.
Kohli was given a talking to by the umpire after the incident and we will more than likely find out if either will receive further punishment over the next few days.
Stokes is never one to shy away from a confrontation and was recently fined 15% of his match fee for arguing with Bangladesh's Sabbir Rahman during last month's tour.
In the meantime, England's lower order will need to focus all of their immediate attention on giving the tourists a fighting chance in the critical third Test.
But ex-captain Michael Vaughan is already doubtful they can pull off a victory after day one.
"A high-class team would have made 450 or 500 on here," Vaughan told BBC Sport.
"Some of the dismissals have been poor and England will know that. They also know India will have to bat last on a pitch that, by day three and four, will be much more difficult."
"Bairstow is playing on a different planet. He made batting look so, so easy - balanced on the front and back foot, and with options on both sides of the wicket against spin.
"Some of the other England batsmen should be sitting next to him in the dressing room and hoping it rubs off on them."