"You can have bit of bounce but if the pace is not right then the batsman get a lot of time to play the same ball in the front and back foot, that is something I realised very quickly when I came here". Dhawan also fell to the left-arm pacer, getting an edge which carried to the second slip.
Cook had not registered a run when Ashwin lined a ball up on middle stump, only to send it past the Englishman's bat and into off stump.
Though India limped to 76 for three at lunch, the post-lunch session bought no respite with all rounder Stokes picking up two wickets to reduce the visitors to 100-5.
But the introduction of Curran turned the tide in England's favour.
India were unable to get him away - he conceded only four leg byes in a five-over spell - while Anderson helped apply pressure at the other end. It is a manifesto of what they are going to achieve, by bending opponents to their will; and, unlike politicians, they usually adhere to it. Kohli announced that he can score red-ball runs in England in spite of James Anderson's stated belief. Anderson had found rewards for his hardwork just then.
Curran told TMS: "The day had pretty much everything - wickets, runs, good periods, frustrating periods".
Ravi Ashwin bowled the former skipper in very similar fashion to how he did in the first innings.
Kohli kissed his wedding ring which was tied to a necklace he was wearing and signalled towards the crowd.
With wickets falling around him and the English bowlers maintaining a consistent line and length, a watchful, circumspect Kohli missed out on a few scoring opportunities. Umesh Yadav stuck around for 16 balls, but with Kohli looking for quick runs, even England's fully spread out field could only watch on hoping for luck to turn.
Buttler was dismissed for a duck by Ashwin in the first innings and could have a huge role to play as England look to set India a formidable total tomorrow.
Incidentally, it was Adil Rashid who gave them that, with the Indian captain cutting the last ball of the 76th over to Stuart Broad at point, to be out for 149 - which was the first time since August 2015 that Kohli had failed to convert his 100 into a 150. He did exactly that. The hosts lost Alastair Cook for nought as they closed on nine for one, a lead of 22.