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India v England, 5th Test, Day 1: Moeen Ali leads England to 284/4

Port Blair ,

Chennai, Dec 16
A solid 146-run stand for the third wicket between Joe Root and Moeen Ali on day one of the fifth India v England Test match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai allowed the visitors build on the luck England skipper Alastair Cook enjoyed at the toss as England opted to bat first and finished day one with 284 for four on the board on Friday.
Root compiled his 11th fifty plus score against India in as many matches with an 88-run knock that had fluency written all over it. At the other end, Ali made survival his ally en route to an unbeaten 120. After the early loss of the openers Keaton Jennings (1) and Alastair Cook (10), that seemed to have nullified England's advantage, Root and Ali steadied England slowly in the first session before playing with intent in the second. Ali lived a charmed life throughout the day as he was dropped on naught when KL Rahul mistimed a jump at midwicket after Ali had flicked one from Jadeja uppishly. Ali went on to survive two DRS decisions - one against Jadeja and other against Amit Mishra. However, Root perished for 88 late in second session. He attempted a sweep off a fullish delivery from Jadeja five overs before tea but got a faint under-edge that was gathered by Parthiv behind the stumps. Jadeja and Kohli, at slips, appealed instantaneously but umpire Marais Erasmus turned it down. Kohli went for the DRS and the original decision was reversed.
Jonny Bairstow played a good hand of 49 off 90 balls, combining for an 86-run stand for the fourth wicket, and he too played the sweep shot to good effect. He took three sixes all with the sweep before falling to Jadeja. Soon after, Ali brought up his fifth Test hundred with a single towards point and in company of Ben Stokes (5*), took England to 284 for 4 when stumps were drawn.
Brief Scores : England 284/4 (Ali 120*, Root 88; Jadeja 3/73) vs India