The highlight of the first Test between India and England in Rajkot is the optimistic affiliation of Joe Root-Moeen Ali’s constructive 179-run stand. England left-hand opener Alastair Cook struggled to get going well on the pitch against the Indian pacers as the game progressed as he was eventually trapped for an lbw off Ravindra Jadeja.

Picture Source: BCCI
Picture Source: BCCI

At the other end, the right-hand young 19-year-old debutant Haseeb Hameed had a promising start, countered the bowlers with six fours. When the England’s fifth young player looked well-set on 31, Ravichandran Ashwin got him by pitching the ball on the right line and length which generated a turn, made the young lad miss the placement and fell for an LBW.

The left-hander Ben Duckett at the beginning itself looked dangerous and made a strong statement by hitting three fours which mounted pressure on India. Ravi Ashwin’s delivery was so pure that Duckett failed to time that well, thereby, getting an inside edge, directed to Ajinkya Rahane at the slips.

India were well back on the rhythm when they got the three wickets from the front just before the Lunch. After that, the reverse of fortunes for India meant that England’s Joe Root and Moeen Ali came to the rescue and played vital knocks when they put on a meaty run-stand.

Joe Root became the second batsman after Michael Clarke to score a Test century since 2013 at India’s fortress. In addition to that, Joe Root holds a healthy record against India for holding three fifties and four hundred to his name. Finally, there came a relief for India in the 80th over when Umesh Yadav had Joe Root him caught and bowled on 124 (11 fours, 1 six).

Picture Source: BCCI
Picture Source: BCCI

Moeen Ali is batting on 99 (9 fours) along with Ben Stokes’ 19 runs inclusive of 2 fours and a six as the Day 1 scores read England 311/4 in 93 overs.

Here is how twitter reacted to England’s domination over India on Day 1 of Rajkot’s Test!