England scores big to challenge India, Tons from Root, Ali and Stokes in first inning

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England scores big to challenge India, Tons from Root, Ali and Stokes in first inning
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England is successful to brush up the blues of their last defeat in Bangladesh. Choosing to bat in the first test with India, the visitors racked up a massive score batting in the first and the second day. In the stretch, three batsmen of the team scored centuries pulling out the figures passing the 500 mark. The team lost the top three wickets early in the first day, but the rest emerged as tough bets for India. Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Alastair Cook, while Ravichandran Ashwin removed young debutant Haseeb Hamid and Ben Duckett. The wickets came up as a power showdown for India, which latter shattered down abruptly under Joe Root and Moeen Ali.

Root and Ali delivered a strong partnership that build up a challenging target for India. They partnered for more than 45 overs hauling the score to 281. Joe Root scored 124 off 180 balls, while standing up as an agile partner for Ali. The score increased steadily under the players reaching 209 by the tea break. Root was at 93 and Ali was batting at 48. After the ton, the dismissal of Joe Root by Umesh Yadav was rather lucky for India. It could have been declared as not out. Root send back the delivery straight into Yadav's hand, which the bowler threw back in the air. It was unclear for a moment if Yadav did miss the catch or was celebrating. However, the decision by the third umpire was a dismissal and it was cleared that Yadav, in fact, missed his celebration, not the catch.

Roots fallback brought Ben Stokes into the crease and the player forwarded the dashing cameo of the inning. He partnered with Moeen Ali for the rest 20 overs letting the player to beat the next century for England. Day 1 ended with the team reaching 311 for 4 with Ali and Stokes at crease. Ali hammered 117 runs before being bowled by Mohammed Shami in the 100th over. But the flow of runs into England's tally was unrestricted. The score reached 343 by the over when Ali was removed.

Ben Stokes, meanwhile firmly griped his wicket and was replying India's attack with strong strikes. He partnered with Jonny Bairstow, who scored 46 off 57 balls. Bairstow smashed 5 fours and 2 sixes in the stretch. After the batsmen was dismissed By Shami, Root partnered with the following batsmen down the line to score the century. After Wokes and Rashid were sent back to pavilion, Stokes wrapped up his inning at 128. With his wicket, England was at 517 for 9. Zafar Ansari, partnering with Stuart Board added the last push to bring up the figure 537. The 10th batsman scored 32 runs. Finally, England's first inning ended with his wicket in the 160th over. The score is certainly challenging for India and Kohli's squad is nowhere on a position to take it lightly.


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