India vs England, 1st Test, Day 1, Highlights: Visitors end day at 311/4, Moeen unbeaten on 99

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India vs England, 1st Test, Day 1, Highlights: Visitors end day at 311/4, Moeen unbeaten on 99
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    That's it from me today. Hope you enjoyed the coverage, do join our live blog tomorrow for Day 2 action. Bye! 

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    Stumps, Day 1. England have already showed more resistance than New Zealand. The day belonged to the visitors. Moeen Ali is batting on 99. India might feel, they could've done better considering the missed chances in the first session.The talking point of the day however will be the 179-run stand between Root (and his century too) and Moeen. England will look to build on position tomorrow. India on the other side have a lot to introspect. Amit Mishra leaked runs, while Shami looks to be struggling with his hamstring. 

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    Joe Root: "We always thought seam might be a bit useful early on, and the guys at the top did well. We just knew we needed to build a partnership. I thought Mo was outstanding as well, look forward to watching him continue tomorrow." When asked about Hameed's review decision, "Was my fault. I thought he was excellent, looking so comfortable in an environment he's not used to."

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    300 up for England! Ben Stokes comes down the ground and slams Ashwin over long-off to break the milestone. 

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    After 88 overs, England are 297/4 (Moeen 96, Stokes 8)

    Shami's issues with hamstring have continued, but he's still bowling. Stokes has scored his first runs against the Indian team. On the other hand, Moeen Ali breaks free after being stuck in the 80s for more than 7 overs and has entered the nervous nineties. India has re introduced spin into the attack in the 88th over, Ashwin replaces Shami.  

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    Mohammed Shami is down again with hamstring issues. Physio has come out on the field, and he has started bowling again. Will bowling aggravate his injury? Only time will tell. 

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    If anyone of you have doubts regarding Joe Root's dismissal, this video might just solve them. 

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    After 83 overs, England are 281/4 (Moeen 88, Stokes 0)

    India took the new ball after 80 overs, and then they opted against it. Maybe, Kohli wanted to see whether it's reverse swinging before taking it. ANd it worked! Umesh Yadav strikes in his comeback over. Shami comes back to bowl, but stops after 4 balls. Looks in pain and the Indian physio is out again on the field and has done a good job I reckon? Shami finishes the over. Stokes has replaced Root at the centre, while Moeen is batting on 88 and is getting closer to his first overseas ton. 

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    OUT! Umesh gets the breakthrough. He caught Root on return but dropped it while celebrating. The decision went upstairs and the third umpire rules Root out. He falls for 124. 

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    After 78 overs, England are 270/3 (Root 122, Moeen 79)

    Reverse sweeps, lofts towards cow corners, all happening at Rajkot. India are on backfoot, England are scoring freely and with brisk rate. Defensive field set by Kohli already. The visitors have scored 26 runs off the last 5 overs. Just waiting for the second new ball, maybe?

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    India vs England: Joe Root has the skill to do well on Indian pitches - Firstpost}

    Root has played six Tests against India, that one on debut and five more in the summer of 2014, and had a great deal of success against them.

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    After 73 overs, England are 244/3 (Root 110, Moeen 65)  

    Jadeja comes back into the attack and Joe Root dances down the ground to greet him with a six over long-off. Both the batsmen have started using their feet more against spin and are rotating the strike effectively. 

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    This is the first time that a visiting player has scored a hundred against India in India in Tests since Australia's Michael Clarke's century at Chennai in February 2013. 

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    After 69 overs, England are 230/3 (Root 101, Moeen 61)

    Good news for India. Shami is back on the field, but it still remains to seen whether he can bowl. Meanwhile, both England batsmen have got to their milestone. Mooen scored his 9th fifty, while Root got to his maiden ton in India. 

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    CENTURY! Joe Root paddle sweeps Ashwin and takes a double to bring up his maiden ton in India. It's his 11th overall.

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    50 for Moeen

    ​Moeen Ali takes 99 balls to reach his half century. A measured innings by the English southpaw as the hosts reach 215/3.

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    Umesh Yadav brought into the attack now. 

    In other news, Karun Nair is in for the injured Mohammad Shami

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    England dominated the second session completely. The partnership between Root and Moeen has taken them from 102/3 to 209/3. The visitors have played spin exceedingly well so far. Root is seven runs away from his century and Moeen is a hit away from his fifty. India on the other hand have many issues to resolve. Mishra has leaked far too many runs and they are already one bowler short after Shami walked off the pitch. Can India stage a comeback or England will consolidate on strong position? Stay updated with our live coverage. 

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    After 64 overs, England are 209/3 (Root 93, Moeen 48)

    Big blow for India. Shami walked off the pitch holding the back of his thigh. Not something that the hosts might've expected, the session has gone from bad to worse. Moeen is also 2 runs away from his half-century. Vital for India to break this partnership before the situation goes out of hand. Yadav has started reverse swinging, Root tries to flick but misses. India appeals, umpire says no. Kohli reviews. Replays showed it pitched in in line, impact was also in line but the point of contact with the stumps is an umpire's call. Root survives on 92. And it's tea! 

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    200 up for India! Moeen Ali lofts Ashwin over mid-on to bring up the milestone for England and the 100-run stand between him and Root. 

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    Looks like Shami has injured himself, he's off the pitch. Yadav replaces him in the bowling attack. 

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    After 58 overs, England are 191/3 (Root 88, Moeen 36) 

    After giving 8 runs off his 5th over, Mishra bowling with much authority now. Tempts Root with a good length ball and the ball spun past his bat, not edging it fortunately. And as usual Jadeja is bowling his overs as fast it gets. England on the other side have dominated this session so far and will be aiming to end it without losing a wicket. 

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    After 53 overs, England are 166/3 (Root 69, Moeen 30) 

    Cheeky efforts from Kohli to break the partnership, placing silly mid-off for Root off Jadeja's bowling. Mishra and Jadeja are bowling in tandem now. The leggie in a bid to bowl with more flight bowled a full toss to Root which was slapped for a boundary towards square leg. The duo is batting without any risks, just looking to rotate the strike. Not spinning much as of yet. India need to bring back Shami maybe, the ball was reverse swinging. 

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    After 49 overs, England are 156/3 (Root 61, Moeen 28)

    Joe Root is growing in confidence, driving Yadav through covers on the second ball of the 45th over. Too many loose balls by Yadav already. Jadeja replaces Ashwin in the 47th over to give him a breather. Fifty run partnership between Root and Moeen comes up in Jadeja's over. 

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    50 run partnership comes up between Joe Root and Moeen Ali. 

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    150 up for England. Short of a length ball from Yadav and Root punches it through cover point for a double. 

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    After 43 overs, England are 140/3 (Root 51, Moeen 22)

    Ashwin has already bowled 17 overs in the match! Root got to his 24th Test fity. Shami was replaced by Yadav and leaked 10 runs in his first over. 

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    FIFTY! Joe Root continues his good run at India, brings up his half century with a single towards long off. It's his 24th Test fifty! 

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    After 39 overs, England are 123/3 (Root 47, Moeen 9) 

    England came out to bat post lunch and it felt as if they will lose a wicket on the first ball. But the ball felt slightly short of Pujara at short leg. Kohli introduced Shami into the straightaway and to add to visitors' woes, the ball is reverse swinging. And Root was lucky to put bat to ball to a threatening in swinger. India will look to continue with the pair of Ashwin and Shami for some overs now.

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    The 2nd session has started. Moeen Ali comes out to join Root at the centre. 

Preview: Visitors England will have their task cut out for them against the in-form No.1 Test side India in the first match of a five-game series, beginning at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Wednesday.

England's two-test series in Bangladesh was testament to their drop in form and also the fact that their batsmen are not equipped to tackle a relentless spin threat on turning tracks which they will also get in India.

Alastair Cook's wards though will take heart from their success in the 2012 series where they rallied back wonderfully to win the four-match series 2-1 despite losing the first Test to India.

England beat hosts Bangladesh in the first Test in Chittagong but hardly looked convincing.

India vs England, 1st Test, Day 1, Highlights: Visitors end day at 311/4, Moeen unbeaten on 99

File photo of Joe Root. AFP

They were then humbled in the second match, losing by 10 wickets allowing the hosts to level the two match series 1-1. The series, more importantly, exposed their frailties against spinners on turning strips.

India on the other hand have not lost a Test at home since losing the 2012 series to England, blanking Australia and the West Indies, crushing South Africa and more recently whitewashing New Zealand in September.

Cook, who has hinted this five-Test series could be his last, has acknowledged the monumental task that lies ahead of them saying, "It's a huge challenge to these guys who have not played a huge amount of cricket in the subcontinent as a group."

The 31-year-old will break Michael Atherton's record of 54 Tests as captain during the first match against India.

England's woes against spin were laid bare by teenage Bangladeshi off-spinner Mehedi Hasan who accounted for 19 wickets in his debut series, rattling the visitors in the process.

As many as 38 of the 40 English wickets, in the two Tests were taken by slow bowlers.

England will have to encounter arguably the world's best off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in his home conditions, who has taken 58 wickets in India's last seven home matches against South Africa and New Zealand.

How England play Ashwin will determine the fate of the series. Not only Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and the in-form Amit Mishra will also test England to their limit.

One good news for England has been the prospect of pace spearhead James Anderson returning earlier than expected from a shoulder injury. But going by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, he won't be the game-changer.

"I wouldn't play him (Anderson) in India to be honest," Ganguly told ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday.

"It's not the same Anderson as 2012. I saw him in the Test series in England recently. He has lost a bit of pace."

"And I think Stuart Broad and Steven Finn and Ben Stokes (will be more effective) because you will need a bit of pace in these conditions to get that ball to reverse. So I don't know whether he will make the side when he comes back. Not in Vizag (Visakhapatnam) where the ball will turn square," he added.

The visitors, however, have a top class fast bowling attack led by Stuart Broad and will have the tall Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and all-rounder Ben Stokes to fall back on depending on the combination they choose to field in the playing eleven.

The spin department though is thin on experience with Moeen Ali, Gareth Batty, Zafar Ansari or Adil Rashid not knowing the subcontinent conditions well.

Coming to India's batting, captain Virat Kohli will be keen to improve his far from impressive record against the visitors.

Kohli, who recently celebrated his 28th birthday, is expected to lead the way in batting along with Rahane and the likes of Murali Vijay, the recalled Gautam Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara, the team's leading scorer against New Zealand, who will be playing in his home town in Rajkot.

Because of an injury to Rohit Sharma in the One-Day series against New Zealand, either Karnataka batsman Karun Nair or Baroda all-rounder Hardik Pandya appear set to make a Test debut.

This will also be the first Test series in India where the Decision Review System (DRS), which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has consistently opposed, will be used.

The teams:

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (Wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav.

England: Alastair Cook (Captain), Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali, Zafar Ansari, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

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Updated Date: Nov 22, 2017 11:17:30 IST

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