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.
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).
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!
Moeen Ali is the fifteenth batsman to be 99 not out overnight in Test Matches. The previous fourteen all made their hundreds! Tks @AWSStats
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) November 9, 2016
Joe Root, Moeen Ali runs frustrate India bowlers https://t.co/eu3o4agWZW
— Latest Pakistan News (@NewsInsider) November 9, 2016
— thato masilela (@thato_twin) November 9, 2016
— Haydn Oakley (@HaydnOakley) November 9, 2016
STUMPS, FIRST DAY – ENG: 311/4
Joe Root: 124, Moeen Ali: 99* overnight
England's day all the way through #INDvENG
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) November 9, 2016
Moeen Ali 99* – it is 15th instance in the Test history of batsman being 99no overnight. All the previous 14 converted it to 100 next day.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 9, 2016
— Readers Mail (@ReadersMail) November 9, 2016
— GunJan tripathi (@gungun005) November 9, 2016
— Shubh Chaudhary (@Shubh191193) November 9, 2016
Here's how Joe Root scored his runs today.
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) November 9, 2016
311/4 , England should be mighty pleased.
Not many touring sides have such a good day on their first day on a tour to India.#IndvsEng
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 9, 2016
— vasimakram tank (@iamvsim) November 9, 2016
Day 1: Stumps
Eng 311/4 (93 Ovs)
— Muneeb Ahmad Khan (@muneebakhmad) November 9, 2016
You judge performances after both teams have batted once on a surface. But England will feel very happy with where they are.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 9, 2016
— MOHAMMED JEELANI (@am_jaanu) November 9, 2016
— sanjeev kotnala (@S_kotnala) November 9, 2016