England thrash India by 227 runs in first Test
Spinner Jack Leach claimed four wickets and paceman James Anderson three as India were dismissed for 192 on the final day while chasing a record 420 to win.
Victory was all the more impressive for England as it came just a month after India’s upset series triumph in Australia, where they handed the hosts their first defeat at Brisbane’s Gabba ground since 1988.
He was also the top scorer with 40 in the second innings of 178.
India were never in the chase after Leach struck early with the wicket of overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for 15 and Anderson also used his reverse swing on the wearing pitch.
Shubman Gill completed his third Test fifty in just his fourth game before Anderson took away his off-stump. Three balls later he cleaned up Ajinkya Rahane for nought.
Leach and fast bowler Jofra Archer combined to run through the tail.
Root came into the Test on the back of match-winning scores of 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka last month.
India, who were bowled out for 337 in their first innings, faltered in the record chase after Leach sent back Rohit Sharma for 12 at the end of day four.
England 1st innings 578 (Root 218; Bumrah 3-84, Ashwin 3-146)
India 1st innings 337 (Pant 91, Sundar 85; Bess 4-76)
England 2nd innings 178 (Root 40; Ashwin 6-61)
India 2nd innings (target 420 - overnight 39-1, Gill 15, Pujara 12)
R. Sharma b Leach 12
S. Gill b Anderson 50
C. Pujara c Stokes b Leach 15
V. Kohli b Stokes 72
A. Rahane b Anderson 0
R. Pant c Root b Anderson 11
W. Sundar c Buttler b Bess 0
R. Ashwin c Buttler B Leach 9
S. Nadeem c Burns b Leach 0
I. Sharma not out 5
J. Bumrah c Buttler b Archer 4
Extras (b8, lb5, nb1) 14
Total (58.1 overs, all out) 192
Fall of wicket: 1-25 (R. Sharma), 2-58 (Pujara), 3-92 (Gill), 4-92 (Rahane), 5-110 (Pant), 6-117 (Sundar), 7-171 (Ashwin), 8-179 (Kohli), 9-179 (Nadeem), 10-192 (Bumrah)
Bowling: Archer 9.1-4-23-1, Leach 26-4-76-4 (nb1), Anderson 11-4-17-3, Bess 8-0-50-1, Stokes 4-1-13-1
Result: England won by 227 runs
Series: England lead the four-Test series 1-0
Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (IND) and Nitin Menon (IND)
TV umpire: Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)