But it swung strongly England's way during an occasionally bad-tempered morning session when Stokes trapped Kohli leg before wicket for 51, leaving India on 141-7 despite an unsuccessful appeal by the India captain.
It all started with the home side winning the toss and opting to bat first.
"I am thrilled, it was a fantastic team performance", said Root.
The first innings wasn't easy for India as well.
Only Cook fell in the first session, his front-foot defence defeated by a flawless off-break from Ashwin - repaying his introduction in only the seventh over, despite being India's sole spinner here, with telling drift from round the wicket before the ball turned and dislodged the off-bail. Our bowlers were outstanding in the second innings.
Anderson said of Curran: "I remember me as a 20-year-old, and I didn't know what was going on".
India had resumed on 110 for five, with a target of 194 to win and Kohli the key in nearly everyone's mind. During his recent trip to Vadodara, when Virat's coach Rajkumar Sharma was asked about his tremendous success, Sharma had told us, "Virat was always gifted but the kind of discipline that he has needs to be seen to be believed".
While Kohli remained though, India were still firmly in contention and together with an unusually restrained and disciplined Pandya, he gradually chipped away at the runs required.
"I'm the type of person who just tries to do that and not worry about what people think - and I'm lucky enough a few balls came out of the middle". Those are the learnings (sic) I had and as a spinner I feel the ball is definitely different to Kookaburra and SG.
The five-wicket haul was a supreme effort and it gave us glimpses of the 7/74 performance he delivered in 2014 at Lord's.
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"Stokesy's got that knack, hasn't he?"
But this time around, I was careful.
To be honest, I looked to learn from how Virat batted with the tail in the first innings.
"No-one is invincible in world cricket".
Of not just Kohli the player leading a one-man show, but mostly that of a captain sticking his head out to make his team and his country proud.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who had a good match with the ball taking seven wickets overall, said that the pitch made the batsmen's job harder.
I felt quite calm, might not have appeared to be but it is something I need to work on. "An inner belief and steeliness, which you see a lot of in our dressing room, that carries a lot of weight when it really matters at this level". "We have to play positive and fearless". Sam Curran has a great amount of skill; great having him in our side and very exciting and promising cricketer.
Kohli's 149 in India's first innings had kept the visitors in the game. He singlehandedly brought India back into the Test match. We showed character at times but England were relentless in the areas they hit. "It sets the series up nicely and looking forward to Lord's now", Root said.
New batsman Pandya played several solid defensive shots before driving Stuart Broad down the ground for a textbook four.
Asked where his will to win came from, Curran replied: "I think I've learned that as I've grown up, with two very competitive brothers in the back-garden cricket".
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