India v England talking points, 5th Test, Day 1: Cook’s 11,000 and Root’s sweeping effect


Here’s a look at the major talking points from the Day 1 of the fifth Test between India and England in Chennai.

Cook’s 11,000

The first action of the day saw Alastair Cook become the 10th batsman in Test cricket to reach 11,000 runs. He claimed a double off the first delivery to reach in the milestone in his 140th match. He is the fastest to 11, 000 in terms of years (10 years and 290 days) and is the third fastest in terms of innings played (252), behind Brain Lara (232) and Kumar Sangakkara (233).

Cook v Jadeja: 5 times

Cook however did not last long and perished for 10 to Ravindra Jadeja – for the fifth time in the series. Spin was introduced as early as the eighth over and Jadeja immediately got purchase from the black soil laden pitch. Some balls turned prodigiously, some didn’t and that bothered both Cook and Root. In his third over, Jadeja got the wicket of Cook – for the fifth time in the series – when the England skipper came forward to a wide delivery and played for the spin. The ball didn’t spin as much as Cook expected and a thickish edge was pounced by Virat Kohli at first slip for his 50th Test catch.

Moeen Ali lives a charmed life

 Ali lived a charmed life throughout the day as he was dropped on naught when KL Rahul mistimed a jump at midwicket after he had flicked one from Jadeja uppishly. Ali went on to survive two DRS decisions – one against Jadeja and other against Amit Mishra. In short, Ali made survival his ally en route to an unbeaten 120. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja (3/73) beat Ali on numerous occasions but once he gauged the nature of the pitch he got going and notched up his fifth Test hundred – interesting all his five Test tons have come while batting at five different positions.
Root – the run machine
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. While Ali was scrappy to start off with, Root did not have any of that trouble at all as he kept to the backfoot and pounced on to the loose deliveries well. He employed the sweep shot to full effect to the ball that were bowled at an outside off stump line.

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