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England’s tour of India 2016-17 – 5th Test match at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium – Day 1

Chennai: Chennai: England were 284 for the loss of 4 wickets at the end of the first day’s play of the fifth and final Test at the M.A. Chidambram Stadium. At stumps Moeen Ali was unbeaten on 120 alongwith Ben Stokes on 5. Moeen Ali, who scored his fifth Test ton today, was involved in a 146 runs partnership with Joe Root (88) for the third wicket. Ali also added 86 runs for the fourth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (49).

Earlier, England won the toss and elected to bat first. India made two changes in their playing XI, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma were included in place of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jayant Yadav, whereas England brought in Stuart Broad and Liam Dawson in place of Chris Woakes and injured James Anderson.

England’s Tour of India 2016 – 1st Test Match at Rajkot – Day 3

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara lead India’s fightback

Rajkot: Fighting centuries by Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara helped India reach 319/4 at the end of day 3 of the ongoing first test match against England at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. India is still 218 runs behind England, who had finished their first innings at 537.

Pujara, who came into bat at the fall of Gautam Gambhir (29), combined well Vijay to put on 209 for the second wicket. In the process Pujara scored his 9th test hundred, while Vijay also reached test hundred for the 7th time. By the time, Pujara (124 runs of 206 balls, 17 fours) was dismissed by Ben Stokes, India had reached 277.

Vijay was then joined by Captain Virat Kohli. Just when it looked that these two will see of the day for India, a sudden loss of concentration cost Vijay (126 runs of 301 balls, 9 fours and 4 sixes) his wicket. He was caught Haseeb at short leg of the bowling of leg spinner Adil Rashid. The ploy of sending Amit Mishra, as a night watchman didn’t work as too was caught Haseeb at short leg this time of left arm spinner Zafar Ansari.

Loss of two wickets in space of four balls means that onus will now be on Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is unbeaten on 26 runs and the remaining batsman to try take India close visitors mammoth first innings score.

Brief Score Board at the end of Day 2

England – First innings (537 all out in 159.3 overs)

Ben Stokes – 128                        Ravindra Jadeja 30-4-86-3
Joe Root – 124                            Mohammed Shami 28.1-5-65-2
Moeen Ali – 117                          Umesh Yadav 31.5-3-112-2

India – First innings (319/4 in 110 overs)

Murali Vijay –  126

Cheteshwar Pujara  – 124


England’s Tour of India 2016 – 1st Test Match at Rajkot – Day 1

Rajkot: On the opening day of the first test match being played here between India and England, visitors had reached 311 for the loss of 4 wickets. At stumps, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes were unbeaten on 99 and 19 respectively.

After winning the toss, English Captain Alistair Cook opted to bat first on a batting friendly wicket. Cook and debutant Handed put on 47 runs for the first wicket before Ravindra Jadeja trapped Cook for (21) to provide the first breakthrough. Soon, Ashwin also trapped Haseeb Hameed (31) when the score was 76. Ashwin then removed Ben Duckett (13), when he got him caught by Rahane at slip to give India third success in the first session .

After this, Moeen Ali joined Joe Root, as the duo put on 179 runs for the fourth wicket. Before being dismissed for 124 runs by Umesh Yadav Joe Root had taken England to a position of strength with his impressive ton studded with 11 fours and 1 six.

Indian bowlers will now need to strike early on day two, if India hope to restrict England under 400 in their first innings.

Brief Score at the end of day 1:

England 1st innings – 311/4 (Joe Root – 124, Moeen Ali – 99*,  R Ashwin 2/108)


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