England 1st Innings – 284/4(90 Overs) – Moeen Ali – 120* & Stokes – 5*
Alastair Cook won the toss yet again in the series and he chose to bat on a surface that was hit by a cyclone just four days before the first ball was bowled. For England, James Anderson was replaced by a fit Stuart Broad and all-rounder Woakes was replaced by debutant all-rounder Liam Dawson. The injured Jayant Yadav, who got a fighting century in the last test, is replaced by Amit Mishra. And the experienced Ishant Sharma finds a game with Kumar missing from the XI.
Recently, Australia faced a bitter string of bad tests results after they had a streak of injuries and retirements. Cook too faces a similar situation going into the fifth test, having lost the series already to India 3-0, he would hoping that he gets his combination right with three spinners in Ali, Rashid and the debutant Dawson.
Cook started the innings just two runs short of 11,000 runs, but he had to fight it out with Ishant Sharma who has a brilliant record against the English captain. Cook though did get to the mark, becoming just the tenth batsman to achieve the feat. Ishant Sharma too got to a milestone soon after, dismissing Keaton Jennings who was caught fishing well outside the off-stump. The Indian bowler became the 12th Indian bowler to take 100 Test wickets in Asia.
The ploy was to push Jennings to play the ball through covers, and he could not stop himself from reaching out for a wide delivery, edging on to the keeper.
Indian pacers vs Jennings – Pitch Map
The first ten overs were a difficult time for England after they lost the first wicket.
England in 1st 10 Overs in 1st Inns
Once the spinners came on, Jadeja was quickly able to get the better of Cook, as he has so often done in this series. The English captain trying to play for the turn well outside off-stump, could only edge one to his counterpart at slips.
Alastair Cook to Jadeja – Head to Head
Joe Root and Moeen Ali picking up the pieces from there on were able to see the visitors through to the end of the session, Root closing on yet another fifty by the end of the session. His 11 consecutive 50+ scores against India is the most in terms of matches for any batsman against an opponent. But India would not mind that at all as Root has only been able to convert only 3 of these 50+ scores into centuries.
Consecutive Match with a 50+ Score against an Opponent in Tests
The pair of Root and Ali were cruising in the second session of the day, sweeping and driving with confidence, but there was turn in the pitch which Ashwin and Jadeja exploited. The sweep worked well for Root, he scored 30% of all his runs against the Indian spinners with the sweep, but it was by the sweep that he perished.
The umpire initially turned down the appeal for caught behind, but Kohli’s referral overturned the decision which was a close call on seeing Joe Root’s action as there was a single deviation on Ultra Edge
Third wicket partnership Fifth test match first innings
But again, Root’s conversion rate comes under question, if he is able to get to a 50, he must be able to convert his starts being a one down batsman. England can only rue those instances when Root had got out after getting a good start.
Joe Root 50-to-100 conversion rate in tests/conversion rate in Asia
Moeen Ali’s century has helped England reach a score of 284/4 at stumps, one run above the average 1st day score 283/5 at Chepauk in the last 10 years. Moeen Ali and Stokes put on 31 runs for the 5th wicket and are looking set for another big partnership to take England past 400 with ease tomorrow. Anything more than the 400 mark would be much more than a fighting total for India.