Mohammed Shami got the first breakthrough for India on Day 2    Getty Images
Mohammed Shami got the first breakthrough for India on Day 2 Getty Images

India‘s speedster, Mohammed Shami, got the first breakthrough for his side on Day Two of the first Test against England. Shami, in the 100th over, got rid of well set centurion, Moeen Ali, as he left an in-swinger from him which removed his off stump. Moeen departed for 117 as he struck his fourth Test ton whereas his first against India and in Asia, early in Day Two. England are still in a comfortable position but Ben Stokes, who is set from his end, will have to take charge and not let the English side collapse after a solid platform given by Moeen and Joe Root. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

On Day One, India lost the toss and came out to bowl as per Alastair Cook’s decision. Cook came out with Haseeb Hameed and gave a fine start to the team thanks to some lackluster fielding by the Indians. However, after Virat Kohli introduced his spinners, Ravindra Jadeja removed Cook while Ravichandran Ashwin got the scalps of Hameed and Ben Duckett.

It was, however, Root-Moeen show after first session as they played well, applied themselves at the crease, ran hard between wickets and did not play any rash shots. The duo added 179 runs easily among them as England were in the drivers’ seat. Root fell for 124 but had done his job by then. Moeen, on the other hand, did not let the Indians get on top at the fag end of the day and remained not out at 99 selflessly. He could have gone for his shots but was content in rotating the strike and not do anything silly. Live Cricket Updates, India vs England, 1st Test, Rajkot

He was looking well set today as well with a flurry of boundaries while Stokes was got a moved on. Nonetheless, Shami should be credited for setting him up as he made him play on most occasions and suddenly one zipped in a bit which caused confusion in the mind of Moeen as he left the ball and it hit his stumps.

India will like to get a move on and have a go at the English batting line-up who bat very deep with Stuart Broad, with a best of 169, their No. 11 batsman.