India gains slight advantage on day one of 'series-deciding' Nagpur Test
India gained an upper hand against England at the end of day one of the final Test match at Nagpur after the visitors toiled hard to manage a score of 199 in 97 overs with loss of five wickets at stumps.
Kevin Pietersen top scored with a resolute 73 while Jonathan Trott played a hard-fought innings of 44.
England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat first, as India opted for just one seamer, Ishant Sharma, in the team along side spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Piyush Chawla and debutant Ravindra Jadeja.
Sharma's first spell of 6-2-8-2, which included a needless nibble by Nick Compton and a leg before wicket decision against Cook by Kumar Dharmasena suggested India had got their selection horribly wrong.
While Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen were advancing to 102 for 2 against a four-pronged spin attack that seemed to rotate while Sharma rested, England appeared to be quietly taking advantage.
But India's slow bowlers were giving nothing away and nor were the fields, and at 139 for 5, England's innings felt more like Ahmedabad than Mumbai or Kolkata, the Daily Mail reports.
But Root, who had stylishly collected 10 runs from the 11 balls he faced before tea, came with no baggage and played with a freshman's resolve, while Matt Prior helped him inch the run-rate above two.
Together, they have given England hope of a first-innings total, which, if the pitch really does break up, could ask serious questions of India's shaky batting line-up. But it was a day that only grudgingly yielded answers.