India vs England, 2016: Moeen Ali, Joe Root draw England back, who said what on Twitter

England were in a comfortable position at 311/4 after the end of the first day against India in Rajkot.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 9, 2016 7:10 pm
India vs England, Ind vs Eng, India England Test, India England Rajkot Test, India England Test reactions, India England Twitter, Ind vs Eng Twitter, India England Twitter reactions, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news Moeen Ali stood strongly in the middle at the close of play. But he’d have a nervous night after being unbeaten on 99. (Source: Reuters)

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.

India vs England, India vs England 2016, India England 2016, Ind vs Eng, Ind vs Eng 2016, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, India England Rajkot, Ind Eng Rajkot Test, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news Joe Root and Moeen Ali stitched together 179 runs for the fourth wicket on the opening day. (Source: AP)

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.

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.