England's bowlers toiled for a single Indian wicket on the first morning of the Investec Test series at a batsman-friendly Trent Bridge.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and did not hesitate to bat first under cloudless skies, though the unresponsive nature of the pitch was as much of a reason for his side's 106 for one at lunch.
James Anderson claimed his 50th Test wicket at the ground - the first man to do so - when Matt Prior took a fine one-handed catch to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan but otherwise Murali Vijay (55 not out) and Chetashwar Pujara (38no) had things all their own way, sharing 18 boundaries.
England showed one change from the side beaten by Sri Lanka last month, with all-rounder Ben Stokes replacing Chris Jordan and fitness doubt Prior passed fit.
India milked 12 runs from the first over of the day as Vijay twice steered Anderson to the third man boundary and then cashed in a freebie on his pads.
The pair renewed their battle in the fifth over with similar results, Vijay taking eight more runs between gully and third slip.
Anderson claimed a moral victory in conceding four of them, the batsman taking his hand off the bat and hitting wildly over the top.
It was a rare moment of life from the new ball, which was largely dribbling through an unhelpful surface with minimal threat.
Stuart Broad looked likelier than Anderson to make the difference, finding a little movement to unnerve Dhawan.
But Anderson did the trick in his fourth visit, tempting Dhawan (12) into the edge and seeing Prior take a tumbling catch in front of Alastair Cook at first slip.
Anderson worked through a seven-over spell with no further success - conceding 40 along the way as Vijay continued to get the better of him.
Cook was quick to get his full attack into the action with Stokes, Liam Plunkett and spinner Moeen Ali all given the ball by the 23rd over.
But there was nothing to concern the Indians barring a Stokes yorker that would have spun back towards the stumps off the toe of Vijay's bat had he not spotted the danger.
Pujara unfurled the shot of the morning when he drilled Plunkett through extra cover for four and followed up by flogging a loopy full toss by Moeen for another.
Vijay brought up an effortless fifty in 68 balls, driving Stokes for the 11th boundary of a composed knock.