December 13, 2012
Honours were even after day 1 in Nagpur with England finding scoring difficult reaching the close of play on 199-5.
Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat on an extremely slow surface that will offer more assistance to the spinners throughout the match.
England were in trouble early on as Cook (1), and Nick Compton (3), both fell victim to Ishant Sharma who was India’s only seam bowling option.
Jonathan Trott made a patent 44 from 133 balls and Kevin Pietersen was also in good touch as he top scored for the visitors with 73. Pietersen’s innings included 10 fours.
Ian Bell yet again struggled as he was dismissed for just 1 by leg-spinner Chawla and England were in a spot of bother at 139-5.
However, a calm 60 run partnership between Matt Prior and debutant Joe Root steered England to the close without any further losses. Root will start tomorrow morning on 31 with Prior 34 not out.
India knowing they need to win the match in order to draw the series will be looking for early wickets in the morning before trying to establish a first innings lead tomorrow afternoon.
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