With a pitch that had some grass and better than average convey, the bowlers got the chance to inconvenience the batsmen a couple times without precedent for this arrangement and furthermore surprisingly, we got the opportunity to see a score that did not get to at least 350.
In any case, regardless of playing on a vastly improved surface to bowl on, the India pacers battled for consistency, especially in the passing overs, with England dealing with a strong score of 321 for eight.
Put into bat by Virat Kohli at the Eden Gardens, the England openers – Roy and Sam Billings – battled a bit at first, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya beating the bat of the two right-handers freely.
Attempt as the bowlers may, however, the wicket would not come and Roy began to take control. The ball was moving around each time it was pitched on off or outside, so Roy chose to move and attempt and hit the ball to the empty regions on the legside and that aided in thumping the Indian bowlers out of their walk.
While Billings kept on battling at the flip side, the way that Roy continued discovering limits and keeps running voluntarily implied the run rate remained very high.