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Root, Ali counter India with clinical batting display

Joe Root celebrating his century against India on day one of the Rajkot Test
Joe Root celebrating his century against India on day one of the Rajkot Test
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England 311-4 (Root 124) v India
First Test, Rajkot, day one

Joe Root scored a brilliant 124 while Moeen Ali supported him with a determined unbeaten knock of 99 as England ended day one of the first Test against India in Rajkot at 311 for four.

England won a crucial toss and elected to bat first. Alastair Cook (21) was dropped twice in the first two overs following which Haseeb Hameed (31) scored back to back boundaries to get England going.

India continued to be poor on the field as Murali Vijay dropped Hameed in the sixth over. England ended the first hour of play with the score of 47 for naught.

The very first ball after drinks, Cook was trapped LBW by Ravindra Jadeja (1-59). Cook decided not to review but the ball went on to miss the stumps.

Root (124) looked in great ease as he used his feet well against the spinners. However, England lost Hameed at the other end after he was given out LBW off Ravichandran Ashwin (2-108).

Ben Duckett's promotion to number four wasn't successful as he became Ashwin's second victim after he nicked one to the slips. England ended the first session at 102 for three.

The post lunch session saw complete dominance from the England team as Root along with Ali (99 not out) added 107 runs in it without getting dismissed. Root reached his fifty in the 53rd over and soon he brought the 50-run stand with Ali.

In the 61st over, India had a nervous moment with Mohammad Shami (0-31) walking off the field with an injury. However, he later returned back only to be troubled again by the hamstring injury.

After they reached the 100-run stand, Root survived a review from India for LBW. England were 209 for three at tea,

Fourth over into the final session, Root completed his century while Ali also went past his fifty. The 179-run stand finally ended when Root was controversially caught by Umesh Yadav (1-68) off his own bowling.

England went into stumps at 311 for four with an unbeaten stand between 30-run stand between Ali and Ben Stokes (19 not out).

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