India vs England, 1st Test, Day 1: As it happened

England ended Day 1 of the first Test at 311/4 against India as Joe Root scored a ton while Moeen Ali was unbeaten on 99 at stumps.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 12, 2016 7:07 pm
India picked up three early wickets against England. (Source: AP)

India could not have a better start to the series as they picked up three wickets in the session of the first Test against England in Rajkot. But England roared back as Joe Root and Moeen Ali led their recovery. Root scored a century for them while Moeen gave company with a half-century. 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. If Wednesday’s play is anything to go by, England will be a tough opponent in the coming days. Kohli & Co. need to come up with a inspiring spell to keep England to a small total and then bat well to not be out of this match. Follow day two of the Test match here

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Moeen Ali will be on strike when play begins tomorrow. India bowlers need to do more homework to keep the England from going closer over 400. The lack of turn on the pitch made Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra ordinary but it was only the first day. See you tomorrow

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That will all for today! England are 311 for the loss of 4 wickets and Moeen Ali is unbeaten on 99

England will be very happy with what they have achieved today. Root scored 124 and that innings can inspire every player to take responsibility.

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Mishra to bowl. Moeen takes a single on the first ball to move on to 99*. He is now on the non-striker’s end

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Moeen Ali takes a single on the last ball of the Ashwin over and moves on to 98*. That should be stumps but Dhramasena decides that there could be another over

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A single run the Mishra over to Moeen. He moves on to 97* and we will have one more over before close of play. Ashwin continues. Ali on 97*

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So the umpires have decided to play on as there is time left in the day’s play. Amit Mishra to bowl. Moeen Ali on strike and on 96*

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Ben Stokes comes down the pitch and hoicks Ashwin over long-on for a six! England past 300 now. Last over of the day

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Umesh Yadav bowls the penultimate over of the day. Excellent control from Umesh. England close-in on 300

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Three overs remaining in the day and Virat Kohli once again throws the ball to R Ashwin. He has bowled 28 overs today for his two wickets. Moeen Ali batting on 95*

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And Shami is down again. Physio Farhat out again. is Shami trying too hard? This can result in bigger problems for him

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Richard Mason doesn’t want Shami to keep bowling. Be tough. Tough from Mason

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Umesh Yadav bowls a loose ball and Ben Stokes hammers it for a four to the fine-leg boundary. Before this innings, Stokes had scores of 0, 0, 0 in Tests against India

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Ben Stokes finally off the mark! He takes a single through covers off the 11th ball he faces. Moeen Ali on the other end is in 80s. England 283/3.

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End of the Umesh Yadav over. He is getting the ball to reverse as well. England are 282 for the loss of four wickets. Ben Stokes yet to open his account

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CLOSE! Umesh Yadav beats the Ben Stokes outside edge again! India appeal but the umpire is unmoved.

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Umesh Yadav running is hard after the Joe Root wicket. He has now beaten Ben Stokes’s outside edge twice. And the second one was very close

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Mohammed Shami is holding his hamstring again. He looks is pain. He is down on the ground and the physio is also out But he is not walking off. He will continue to bowl the over

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Ben Stokes is the new man in for England. He can have a big impact with the bat here especially after Joe Root’s wicket. Root played an exceptional innings of 124 runs. England 281/4

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Joe Root c&b Umesh Yadav 124

Umesh Yadav has Joe Root caught and bowled. But did he celebrate it too early and lose control over the ball? On-field umpire has referred it to the third umpire.

Third umpire says “it looks okay from here as the bowler is celebrating the catch and is smiling.” Umesh juggled it up in the air and attempted to catch it later twice. But umpire thinks it is okay

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80 overs gone and that means the new ball is available for India. But Virat Kohli is not taking it now. Umesh Yadav to bowl the 81st over

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Joe Root and Moeen Ali have put England in a strong position after loss of those three wickets before Lunch. Root is batting on 123* and Moeen Ali is approaching his ton (currently on 85*). England 278/3