Moeen Ali slams fifth century, England on top against India in Chennai
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Moeen Ali slams fifth century, England on top against India in Chennai

Moeen Ali slammed his fifth Test century and his second in the current series as England reached a solid position on day one of the Chennai Test against India.

cricket Updated: Dec 16, 2016 16:28 IST
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Moeen Ali notched up his fifth Test century as England were in a strong position on day one of the Chennai Test versus India.(Photo by:BCCI)

Dropped on nought and surviving two reviews, England batsman Moeen Ali scored his second century of the series after Joe Root’s dismissal for 88 to lift the visitors in the final session of the fifth Test against India on Friday. (SCORECARD)

Although Moeen scored 117 in the drawn first Test in Rajkot and got 50 in the first innings of the fourth Test in Mumbai, which India won by an innings and 36 runs to seal the series 3-0, there had been questions about him batting high in the order after five cheap dismissals. (UPDATES)

However, he led England’s fight, bringing up his century with a single off Amit Mishra.

Moeen, who joined Root with England 21 for two in the 13th over after the fall of openers Keaton Jennings (1) and skipper Alastair Cook (10) led the fightback as the MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch lost its early moisture and turned out good for batting.

Moeen Ali, dropped by KL Rahul at midwicket after failing to keep down a flick off Ravindra Jadeja, however, made the let-off count.

The 29-year-old shared a 146-run third wicket partnership with Root before the England vice-captain’s dismissal close to tea, caught behind off Jadeja, brought some pressure on Moeen.

He raised another 86-run stand for the fourth wicket with an aggressive Jonny Bairstow, who fell as Jadeja’s third victim for 49 with Moeen Ali in the 90s.

It was Moeen Ali’s fifth century playing in his 37th Test, after Root failed to convert his fifty into a century for the fourth Test in a row, making amends for throwing his wicket away in the Mumbai Test that let Ravichandran Ashwin trigger a batting collapse.

First Published: Dec 16, 2016 16:28 IST