Ali stars

> … as Eng­land post com­mand­ing to­tal

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CEN­TURY-MAK­ERS Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali piled on the agony for In­dia’s bowlers yes­ter­day as Eng­land posted the high­est score by a vis­it­ing team in nearly five years on the sec­ond day of the first Test.

Stokes smashed 128 runs after Ali, who had been un­beaten on 99 overnight, made 117 as Eng­land com­piled a com­mand­ing to­tal of 537 be­fore In­dia’s open­ers re­sponded with an un­beaten stand of 63 in the fi­nal ses­sion.

Joe Root (124) had notched up a cen­tury on the open­ing day to lay a solid foun­da­tion for the mid­dle-or­der bats­men at Ra­jkot’s Saurash­tra Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion ground.

In­dia made a cau­tious start to their in­nings with Mu­rali Vi­jay (25 not out) and Gau­tam Gamb­hir (28 not out) at the crease when stumps were called.

The day be­longed to Eng­land’s bats­men who made In­dia toil on an easy-paced track after cap­tain Alas­tair Cook had elected to bat first.

Although the tourists lost a suc­ces­sion of tailen­ders in the pe­riod im­me­di­ately after lunch, Stokes stayed put to help Eng­land post their third high­est to­tal on In­dian soil.

Stokes, who had three ducks in three pre­vi­ous Test in­nings against In­dia, hit 13 fours and two sixes on way to his fourth ton in the long­est for­mat of the game.

Eng­land showed their ag­gres­sive in­tent in the morn­ing ses­sion, ham­mer­ing 139 runs

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