Root’s ton and Moeen’s 99 help England score well

roots-ton-and-moeenIndia squandered an early chance to tighten England as the visitors roared back, thanks to Joe Root and Moeen Ali. Root scored a century for them while Moeen gave company with an unbeaten 99 at draw of stumps on the first day of first test match at Rajkot.

India could not have a better start to the series as they picked up three wickets in the session. England didn’t lose a wicket in the second session and were 209/3 at Tea.

Ravindra Jadeja gave India the first breakthrough by picking up Alastair Cook and later R Ashwin picked up the wickets of Haseeb Hameed and Ben Duckett but that was all. Root and Moeen steadied the England since then and their partnership proved to the saviour for captain Cook’s decision to bat first after winning the toss. Root was dismissed for 124 by Umesh Yadav but Moeen was unbeaten on 99 and will be on strike when play resumes on Thursday.

England Innings
Alastair Cook lbw b Jadeja 21
H Hameed lbw b Ashwin 31
Joe Root c and b Yadav 124
B Duckett c Rahane b Ashwin 13
Moeen Ali not out 99
Ben Stokes not out 19

Extras (b 1, lb 2, nb 1) 4
Total (in 93 overs) 311/4

Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Cook, 15.1 overs), 2-76 (Hameed, 26.3 overs), 3-102 (Duckett, 32.3 overs), 4-281 (Root, 80.5 overs).

Mohammed Shami 12.1-2-31-0
Umesh Yadav 18.5-1-68-1
Ravichandran Ashwin 31-3-108-2
Ravindra Jadeja 21-2-59-1
Amit Mishra 10-1-42-0

Medaram Jathara

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