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1st Test: Joe Root Ton, Moeen Ali Help England Grab Honours vs India On Day 1 

1st Test: Joe Root Ton, Moeen Ali Help England Grab Honours vs India On Day 1
England's Joe Root (L) celebrates with teammate Moeen Ali after scoring a century (100 runs) on the first day of the first Test cricket match between Indian and England at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot on November 9 2016. ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

The last time when more than 90 overs were bowled on day 1 of a Test match in India, it was the Australian team which was on a voyage to India. They survived the quota of full 90 overs and exceeded their run on the day by playing 8 more overs in the day, scoring a low total of 231 at the loss of 8 wickets. Ashwin and Jadeja were raw fruits at that time who were still in the germination period but now they have turned into full-fledged swelled fruits, ready to exhale the juice of the efforts and time invested in them but no!

Whether India is playing in England or at home, it’s always the founders of the game who always cut one or the other way to relieve themselves out of any plot, plan or proposition set by Indian bowlers. Despite a sloppy start to the day from both the sides, it was the Indian team that carved out three salient wickets possessing paramount importance in the first session of the day, thumping a complete victory in the opening session.

Back after having a sumptuous lunch, with Moeen Ali and Joe Root on strike, Indian bowlers would have hoped to move on the same track with no tendency to deviate or change from the course, but no, Root and Ali just rooted out spin and swing out of Indian bowlers, turning into a headache for them and the fans present on the ground who were hoping for a spin show today.

The belligerence, vividness and manliness with which they both men batted really turned the course of the game. The Indian team, who was hopeful of repeating their bravura act against English players as well did not expect both of them to bat with such ease and comfort creating a layer peace in their camp. In 31.3 overs bowled in the second session of the day, England batsmen, without any discomfort or complication scored runs at will with a comfortable run-rate of 3.40 dodging away with Indian bowlers. Never in the second session, it looked like they are facing any problems or whatsoever.

Soon Joe Root, one of the cog in the top four batsmen of the era debate, scored a century to bring up his century in the fourth over after the tea break tumbling another record to announce his arrival on the Indian soil.

It was a controversial catch which marked the end of his innings as Umesh Yadav, the bowler at the time of the howler, also the catcher grabbed the ball with both the hands but soon it disappeared from the pair of hands. The decision was referred to the third umpire, who confirmed that Yadav has dejected the ball out of celebration and not because of imbalance. Root was gone amidst controversial circumstances.

After standing up for his team along with Moeen Ali, Root was dismissed on a score of 124 sharing 179 runs with Moeen Ali.

On the other hand, Moeen Ali, opener turned middle order batsman of England team was also surging forward with runs in his bag. It was on the last ball of the second last over of the day on which Ali was found a bit uncomfortable as he bent to play the sweep shot, ball missed the willow and went on to touch his front foot pad, back part of back foot thigh before missing the stumps by a distance of handshake. What a balmy feeling!

Finally, after bowling 3 excessive overs in the day, the umpires decided to call stumps with England on a score of 311 at loss of 4 wickets with Moeen Ali ensuring a sleepless night for himself being on a score of 99*.

Indian bowlers today failed to replicate their performance against England. A futile show and dull body language can be the words to describe the performance of Indian players on the field who just jammed themselves when England batsmen were enjoying a good time in the middle of the second debutant in the game, Rajkot Stadium.

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