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Joe Root's classy 88 and Moeen Ali's unbeaten century (120 batting) helped England recover from 21 for 2 and post a modest 284 for 4.
Duo takes advantage of winning toss to help build solid platform with third-wicket partnership of 226 runs as India dominate Day One.
The left-handed batsman said the bounce on the SCA track will get lower and batting will be more difficult.
Root said scoring on both sides of the wicket against the Indian spinners was also another important factor.