Monty Panesar completed his five-wicket haul, but it was thanks to Graeme Swann that England finally got Cheteshwar Pujara out on day two of the second Test.
By the time Swann had Pujara (135) stumped half an hour before lunch, he had batted for almost 18 hours without being dismissed in the series since first taking guard in Ahmedabad last week.
The number three underpinned India's 327 all out, a total which appeared highly unlikely when the hosts stumbled to 119 for five at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.
Pujara's seventh-wicket stand of 111 with Ravichandran Ashwin (68) was a source of particular frustration for England, hoping to battle back here after their nine-wicket defeat in the first Test. Ashwin had hardly batted like a number eight, since his arrival at the crease on Friday night.
But he was deceived this by Panesar (five for 129), who followed a series of stock balls with one that hurried on with the arm to hit the back pad just on off-stump and win an lbw as Ashwin picked the wrong one to cut.
By then, James Anderson's appeal for lbw against Pujara had been turned down by Aleem Dar - on the basis, it turned out, of a barely perceptible inside edge on to pad. The resulting single got Pujara under way, from his overnight 114, and took the partnership into three figures.
With Ashwin gone, Harbhajan Singh survived on one when an outside edge off Panesar flew between wicketkeeper and first slip Jonathan Trott - with the faintest deflection from Matt Prior's right glove - for four.
Harbhajan edged another boundary off Panesar just out of gully's reach, for good measure, and two balls later clubbed the slow left-armer over wide long-on for six.
Swann (four for 70) ended Harbhajan's fun, lbw walking across his stumps and again just hit in line with off, and then achieved what no one else had since this series started - Pujara down the wicket, then missing on the forward defence as an arm ball slid past the outside edge for Prior to complete a routine stumping.
It was an underwhelming way for the new 'Wall' to fall at last, in an India innings which closed soon afterwards when Swann had Zaheer Khan caught at short leg - off pad and shirt, on replay evidence, but to England's relief nonetheless.