Where India took the honours in the pre-lunch session of the first day of the opening Test against England in Rajkot, Joe Root and Moeen Ali brought the visitors back into command with 124 and unbeaten 99. At close, England stood at 311/4 with R Ashwin picking up two wickets and one apiece for Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav. The 179-run stand between Root and Ali took the game away from India who were better off in the first session and could have been even better but for dropped chances. However, on the whole, England deserve to be in this comfortable position.
Root brought about his 100 to become the first overseas player to score a century in India since Michael Clarke did in 2013 in Chennai. Then Clarke had scored 130 but Root’s stay in the middle was curtailed by a ‘soft signal’ as he fell for 124 to give India the much-needed wicket.
Moeen Ali continued his comfortable stay in the middle to the end of the day and a trickle of singles in the end took him one away from his fourth Test century and the first against India. He’s joined in the middle by Ben Stokes who stood unbeaten at 19.
The Test will be remembered for the implementation of Decision Review System (DRS) which has been put to use for the first time in India. There were two instances of its usage too but there were no real controversies as was feared by the BCCI for its non-implementation.
Former cricketers and pundits expressed their opinion after the first day’s play.
England’s day without a shadow of doubt. If you want to have a chance of winning on the sub-continent, you bat first and pile on the runs.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 9, 2016
First time in the last 21 inns a visiting side has crossed 300+ in India
Last to do so Australia 408 at Mohali March 2013#IndvEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 9, 2016
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 9 November 2016
Q- Mohd Shami is the odd man out in this test match. Why?
A – Only one from both sides who hasn’t got a FC hundred. #INDvENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 9 November 2016
Does anyone know how to fix the colour settings on my TV? This pitch has a weird green tinge 😂 #EngVsInd
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) 9 November 2016
— Alec Stewart (@StewieCricket) 9 November 2016
It would be safe to say that on the grand scheme of things, the first day belonged to India with two good sessions after lunch.