Honours even on opening day

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Updated: December 13, 2012

Kevin Pietersen helped England recover from the loss of two early wickets to eke out 199 for five on a pitch of turgid low bounce on day one of the final Test against India.

Alastair Cook’s tourists, needing a draw in Nagpur to close out an historic series victory, lost both openers – their captain and Nick Compton – to India’s lone pace bowler Ishant Sharma inside the first hour.

But Pietersen (73) and Jonathan Trott then shared a hard-working stand of 86 in 39 overs after England had chosen to bat first. Pietersen had to play a very different game in his 108-ball 50 today to the century with which he transformed proceedings in England’s famous second-Test victory in Mumbai last month.

Debutant Root and Prior held fought until thee close and will resume tomorrow.

England 199 for 5 (Pietersen 73, Prior 34*, Root 31*) v India