England must set a record for the highest successful fourth-innings chase if they want to win the third test against India after the dominant tourists declared on 7-352 with Virat Kohli 103.
The opening couple of England Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings survived a tricky nine overs before the end of the game on Monday and reached 23 without loss.
That means that Joe Root's side needs another 498 runs to win the last two days of the game and history suggests that this is highly unlikely.
Only four teams scored more than 400 to win a test, with the West Indies & # 39; 418 defeating Australia in 2003 as the highest. The highest test total of the fourth inning on Trent Bridge is 284 from England against New Zealand in 2004.
After starting on the third day at 2-124, India hardly suffered from two and a half sessions of steady, albeit not spectacular acupuncture under gray skies in Nottingham.
After a fruitless morning session for England's bowling attack, Cheteshwar Pujara, who was dropped at 40 in the morning, was caught first by Cook of Ben Stokes' bowling for 72 and ended his collaboration with Kohli at 113.
Skipper Kohli, who was 97 in the first innings, took little risk during his patient knock that finally came to an end after 197 balls when he was caught by WW. Chris Woakes.
Hardik Pandya was unbeaten at 52 when Kohli finally decided to declare and give Cook and Jennings an uncomfortable mini-session.
England, which led the 5-test series 2-0, suffered a blow in the morning when wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow had to leave the ground with what turned out to be a broken finger.
Bairstow, an important part of the batting line-up of the home team, was hit at the end of the middle finger by a James Anderson episode, but is expected to hit in their second inning.
England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said: "(Bairstow's) has a small break at the top of his finger, but the doc has tried to relieve a little pressure and hopefully he should be able to hit it."