Indian bowlers were made to toil hard by English batsmen on the Day 1 of the first test match at Rajkot. England ended the day on 311/4 with Joe Root scoring a magnificent hundred, while Moeen Ali stood on an unbeaten 99 at the end of the day’s play.
England won the toss and elected to bat first. After a watchful start by the visitors, Ravindra Jadeja drew first blood. Alastair Cook was caught leg-before trying to flick the ball on the leg side. India’s in-form bowler Ravichandran Ashwin took wickets of Hameed and Ben Duckett to leave England in trouble at 102/3.
But Root’s fourth-wicket stand with Moeen took England through the afternoon session unscathed and ahead of the game. Root’s maiden ton on Indian soil was laced with one six and 11 fours, while Ali struck nine boundaries. The duo made 179 runs for the fourth wicket to bail England out from a tricky 102/3.
Root was dismissed in the final hour of the day’s play by Umesh Yadav. India were hurt by dropped catches at the start of England’s innings. England Captain Alastair Cook was dropped twice in the first two overs behind the wicket. His opening partner, Haseeb Hameed, making his debut aged 19, was also dropped on 13.
India will go into Day 2 hoping they could restrict the English batsmen from posting a huge total.