Twitter Reactions: Moeen Ali, Jadeja shine as England take Day 1 honours

Twitter Reactions: Moeen Ali, Jadeja shine as England take Day 1 honours

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: BCCI)

At last England has something to cheer about on their tour of India after an impressive performance on the 1st day of the final Test in Chennai. Courtesy a brilliant century from Moeen Ali and 88 from Joe Root, England finished the day at 288/4. India made two changes coming into the match. Jayant Yadav who had a niggle prior to the Test match was rested and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who returned in the 4th Test was dropped. Ishant Sharma came in for Bhuvi and Amit Mishra replaced Jayant.

English captain Alastair Cook won yet another important toss and without hesitation opted to bat first. They received an early jolt as newly married Ishant Sharma induced a false shot from Keaton Jennings who went for an expansive drive to a full-length delivery and edged it to the slip cordon. Alastair Cook was quick to follow Jennings in the dressing room as he fell prey to Ravindra Jadeja for the 5th time in the series. With the visitors tottering at 21/2, Moeen Ali joined Joe Root in the middle and the duo slowly but steadily started reconstructing the innings.

Both Moeen and Root played some delightful shots as the pair shared a brilliant 146 runs partnership for the 4th wicket. Joe Root narrowly missed his 13th Test century as he was given caught behind of Jadeja while attempting a slog sweep. Though the onfield umpire had ruled it in favour of the batsman, the third umpire saw a clear spike from the bottom part of the bat which was enough to convince him that he got a bottom edge. Root was pretty disappointed with the verdict as he fell the spike was from the bat hitting the ground.

Jonny Bairstow who has been in a scintillating form of late continued his great form and scored a gritty 49 before falling to Ravindra Jadeja. It was a brilliant piece of bowling from Jadeja as he bowled slower in the air and Bairstow played an uppish drive which went straight to the hands of Lokesh Rahul. Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali batted out the remaining overs to ensure England took the Day 1 honours. Stokes was batting on 5 while Moeen Ali remained unbeaten on 120.

Twitteratti was pretty active throughout the day’s play and there were certain tweets which described the proceedings in the best possible way. Here are some of the best tweets: