England had plenty to celebrate after the first day’s play in Rajkot with the visitors comfortable at 311/4 thanks to the individual brilliance of Joe Root and Moeen Ali. While Root scored his 11th Test century in his 124 run stint in Gujarat against India, Ali stayed unbeaten on 99 at the close of play alongside Ben Stokes.
India were the better of the two teams in the first session by picking up three wickets after conceding 102 runs but England fought back with Ali and Root who put together 179 runs for the fourth wicket to starve India off any success in the post-lunch session.
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The Test saw multiple milestones with it being the debut for England opener Haseeb Hameed. This is the second time a teenager has Test debuted for England since 1949 with the last instance being Adam Hollioake against Australia.
Where it was the first Test for Hameed, it was the 100th for Stuart Broad – a commanding achievement and feat for a bowler. He joins a long list of England players who have played a century of matches with Alastair Cook leading the pack with 136 Tests to his name. Up next for Broad to topple in the list is Ian Botham who had played 102 Tests.
On the field of play, Root played a commendable inning of 124 and Ali of 99 and the culmination of a good day’s play was reason enough for the England players to celebrate with some cake.
Broad posted a picture of the celebration moment with the caption that read: “Brilliant 1st day of the series for us in #india. Hotel celebrated @root66 and @MoeenAli quality knocks with a cake. Hope for more!”
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) 9 November 2016
England would be hoping to score around 500 to give themselves big room to put India under pressure in their own backyard – something that has been difficult for teams to achieve in recent times.