Cook and Moeen resist but England capitulate after tea
Much of the first day of the fifth Test between England and India was taken up by Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali bedding in for the second wicket but the day would belong to the tourists.
Cook and Moeen stuck together for 40 overs and would add 73 for the second wicket after Keaton Jennings (23) failed to make the most of a start again having put on 60 for the first wicket.
The allrounder was promoted to number three again and showed a willingness to adapt his game to the match situation.
The retiring Cook looked determined to go out in style and England crept along at around two runs per over throughout the first two sessions.
Both Cook and Moeen were dropped early on in their innings but the apir would ensure England made it to tea with just one wicket down.
India’s bowlers bowled well throughout the day but received little reward for their efforts until after tea.
Jasprit Bumrah eventually found a way through Cook (73) and India’s day of frustration gave way to joy.
After the long vigil of Cook and Moeen, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow faced just seven balls between them as batsmen four and five departed for ducks to leave England 134 for 4.
Moeen fought on to his half century aided by Ben Stokes (11) who showed some appetite for application until he was trapped leg before by Ravindra Jadeja, playing his first Test of the series.
Soon after reaching fifty Moeen (50) nicked off to Ishant Sharma and Sam Curran quickly followed as the third Englishman to record a duck.
England were 198 for 7 at stumps on day one with Jos Buttler (11*) and Adil Rashid (4*) at the crease.
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