England's bowlers toiled on day two of the first Test as India's batsmen racked up 521-8 declared in their first innings.
Resuming 323-4, India lost two wickets in the afternoon session but Cheteshwar Pujara remained largely untroubled throughout as he marched to an unbeaten double century in Ahmedabad.
Pujara, on 98 overnight, brought up his second Test century in the fourth over of the day and his double ton proved the cornerstone of the home side's formidable total. He was 206 not out when India decided it was time for England to see what they could make of a docile surface.
The only bright spot for the tourists was a five-wicket haul for Graeme Swann as he picked up the crucial scalp of India skipper MS Dhoni to add to his four first-day victims. He finished the innings with 5-144.
Earlier in the day, Yuvraj Singh added a bit of colour as he made 74, including a couple of crowd-pleasing big hits before falling to a Swann catch off the bowling of Samit Patel.
England threw everything they had at India but other than a couple of half-chances they were unable to get the breakthrough they so needed.
The closest they came was with a collection of leg before appeals, against both batsmen. The most convincing was Swann's from only the second ball of the day when Yuvraj missed a sweep without addition to his overnight 24.
But as tea approached, the tourists looked bereft of ideas, belatedly turning to the off-spin of Kevin Pietersen in an attempt to engineer a breakthrough.