Ravindra Jadeja removes Joe Root for 88, Moeen Ali boosts England | cricket | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Jun 27, 2017-Tuesday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Ravindra Jadeja removes Joe Root for 88, Moeen Ali boosts England

Joe Root departed for a magnificent 88 as Ravindra Jadeja struck to give India the advantage over England at tea on the first day of the fifth Test in Chennai.

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2016 15:02 IST
India vs England
Ravindra Jadeja snapped up Alastair Cook and Joe Root to give India a slight advantage at tea on the first day of the fifth Test in Chennai.(Photo by: BCCI)

Joe Root struck a cultured 88 and joined forces with Moeen Ali to help England overcome a poor start and reach 182 for three at tea on the opening day of the fifth and final test against India on Friday. (SCORECARD)

Opting to bat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, England slumped to 21-2 before the duo cobbled together a 146-run partnership to steady the innings with some sensible batting in the post-lunch session. (UPDATES)

Moeen cashed in on an early reprieve to be unbeaten on 63 at the break with Jonny Bairstow on 10 at the other end.

With India having already taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, England went into the match seeking to salvage some pride but that determination did not reflect in the casual shotmaking by their top order after Alastair Cook opted to bat.

Back in the squad replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, paceman Ishant Sharma drew first blood when he induced Keaton Jennings into driving a wide delivery and Parthiv Patel collected the edge behind the stumps to dismiss the young opener for one.

Cook took two runs off Umesh Yadav’s first ball to reach 11,000 runs in test cricket but, as has often been the case in the series, looked completely at sea against Ravindra Jadeja’s tricky left-arm spin.

The situation merited discretion but the England skipper lunged outside off-stump to edge the ball to Virat Kohli at slip for 10, falling to Jadeja for the fifth time in the series.

Moeen had yet to open his account when the bearded left-hander lazily flicked Jadeja to midwicket where Lokesh Rahul misjudged his jump and let the ball burst through his closing hands.

Not for the first time in the series, Root found himself staring at a rebuilding job and England’s batting mainstay did not let his team down.

Moeen, who looked a walking wicket in the morning session, appeared completely transformed after lunch as he and Root milked India’s three-pronged spin attack despite significant turn from the opening day track.

Root, England’s most prolific batsman in the series, duly brought up his 27th test fifty and looked like cruising to his century when Jadeja sent him back.

Root attempted a sweep shot and the Indians went up in arms in a caught-behind appeal which was turned down by on-field umpire but upheld after the hosts decided to review it.

The ultra-edge suggested a thin edge but Root left shaking his head in dismay after his patient knock which included 10 boundaries.

Not for the first time in the series, Joe Root found himself staring at a rebuilding job and England’s batting mainstay was unbeaten on 44 at the break, having hit eight boundaries in his composed knock.

Moeen Ali was lucky to be batting alongside him on seven not out at the break at the MA Chidambaram Stadium after Lokesh Rahul had failed to pouch his casual flick at midwicket off Jadeja.

Back in the squad replacing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, paceman Ishant Sharma drew first blood when he induced Keaton Jennings into driving a wide delivery and Parthiv Patel collected the edge behind the stumps to dismiss the young opener for one.

Cook took two runs off Umesh Yadav’s first ball to reach 11,000 runs in Tests but, as has often been the case in the series, looked completely at sea against Jadeja’s tricky left-arm spin.

The situation merited discretion but the England skipper lunged outside off-stump to edge the ball to Virat Kohli at slip for 10, falling to Jadeja for the fifth time in the series.

Moeen had yet to open his account when the bearded left-hander lazily flicked Jadeja to midwicket where Rahul misjudged his jump and let the ball burst through his closing hands.