England 182-3 at tea on 1st day of final test against India

BY AP • December 16, 2016

CHENNAI, India (AP) England won the toss and recovered from a shaky start to reach 182-3 at tea on Friday, the opening day of the fifth test against India.

At the break, Moeen Ali was unbeaten on 63 while Jonny Bairstow was batting on 10 not out.

In the afternoon session, Ali extended his third-wicket partnership with Joe Root (88) to 146 runs, which lifted England out of early trouble at 21-2. Root scored his 27th test half century, while Ali notched his 10th.

Root was adjudged caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja (2-54) via video review. He faced 144 balls and hit 10 fours, keeping India's attack at bay for most of the session.

But the England vice-captain wasn't happy with the decision as replays suggested his bat might have hit the ground at the same time as the ball.

Both teams made two changes to their lineups.

India, which has already clinched the series by leading 3-0, made two bowling changes: leg-spinner Amit Mishra came in for off-spinner Jayant Yadav, while Ishant Sharma replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

England handed a test debut to Liam Dawson in place of Chris Woakes while veteran paceman James Anderson was rested, and fit-again Stuart Broad was included after sitting out the previous two tests.


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