Jos Buttler helped England take control of the fourth Test with India after a strong batting display at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday. England began day three with Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings at the crease but they fell for just 12 and 36 respectively.
The recalled Moeen Ali also struggled with the bat and was sent back to the pavilion for just nine, with England in real danger of another collapse.
Captain Joe Root helped to steer proceedings in a more positive direction as he hit 48, but it fell to Buttler to really get things going when he bolstered the tally with 69.
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Sam Curran helped England see out the day with a solid 37 and he will be hoping to further boost their advantage on day four on Sunday.
The hosts, who are 2-1 ahead in the five-match series, ended day three on 260-8 and already boast a 233-run lead as they look to put the series out of reach of the tourists.