England got rid of both India openers but nonetheless might have done much better in helpful conditions at the start of the second Investec Test at Lord's.
Alastair Cook had no hesitation putting the tourists in, on a very green surface, and both James Anderson and Stuart Broad soon had the ball hooping around.
It was frustrating therefore for the hosts that, as their two linchpin seamers initially erred too often in line and wicketkeeper Matt Prior missed two catches, the opportunity to put the opposition in more trouble went begging as India reached lunch on 73 for two.
Anderson has come into this match under something of a cloud after India instigated a Level 3 charge against him under the International Cricket Council's code of conduct policy for his part in an altercation with Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test.
Gary Ballance escaped any punishment from his employers on the eve of this Test after being pictured apparently swaying and stripped to the waist in a Nottingham nightclub following the Trent Bridge stalemate on Sunday.
The two, however, combined here to see the back of Shikhar Dhawan - Anderson's 230th Test victim in England, taking him past Fred Trueman as this country's most prolific wicket-taker on home soil.
Ballance repaid the collective by holding a neat catch at third slip when Anderson found the edge with movement down the slope to the left-hander.
Broad might have reduced India to 11 for two had Prior managed to cling on to a tough chance diving low to his right in front of slip, with opener Murali Vijay on nought.
Anderson began with five maidens but neither he nor Broad used conditions especially well, as Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara were allowed the freedom to leave a high percentage of deliveries and often watch the ball swing and seam harmlessly by.
The first runs off Anderson came from a Vijay edge between third slip and gully, and Cook responded by moving his fourth catcher finer.
The stoic Pujara spent 24 balls on nought, but then opened his account with three runs via a thick edge past gully off Broad.
It was to be first-change Liam Plunkett who provided a second breakthrough.
England's quickest bowler pitched up only sparingly and it was a short-of-a-length ball that had Vijay aiming to leg but edging to third slip, where Ballance was safe again with a very sharp chance.
An over of spin from Moeen Ali almost salvaged England's morning, but instead danger man Virat Kohli was dropped by Prior on 20 off the final ball of the session.