Rajkot: Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja struck crucial blows initially but the England team managed to score 311/4 in their first innings on day one of first Test at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

After initial breakthroughs by Ashwin and Jadeja, the England squad while riding on Joe Root’s 124 and Moeen Ali 99, were able to put up a decent total of 311/4 at the end of day one.

Earlier, electing to bat on winning the toss, England were off to a steady start with the opening duo of captain Alistair Cook and debutant Haseeb Hameed batting cautiously.

Cook was lucky to survive in the first over when he edged a Mohammed Shami delivery to the slips only to see Ajinkya Rahane drop a relatively easy chance.
 
The 19-year-old Hameed, the youngest opener to debut for England, hit six boundaries during his 82-ball 31 before being trapped leg before after misjudging the turn of an Ashwin delivery.
 
India are the top ranked team in the world while England are in the fourth place.
 
 
The teams:
 
India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav.
 
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Haseeb Hameed, Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Chris Woakes, Zafar Ansari, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid.
 
Scoreboard:
England Innings 

Alastair Cook lbw b Jadeja 21
H Hameed lbw b Ashwin 31
Joe Root c and b Yadav 124
B Duckett c Rahane b Ashwin 13
Moeen Ali not out 99
Ben Stokes not out 19

Extras (b 1, lb 2, nb 1) 4
Total (in 93 overs) 311/4

Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Cook, 15.1 overs), 2-76 (Hameed, 26.3 overs), 3-102 (Duckett, 32.3 overs), 4-281 (Root, 80.5 overs).

Bowling:
Mohammed Shami 12.1-2-31-0
Umesh Yadav 18.5-1-68-1
Ravichandran Ashwin 31-3-108-2
Ravindra Jadeja 21-2-59-1
Amit Mishra 10-1-42-0

 

First Published | 9 November 2016 9:40 AM
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