The big story: Ashwin gets breakthrough on the fifth ball of the day
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck in the first over of day two to send back Ben Stokes for six. Pacer Ishant Sharma soon added to England’s woes removing Jos Butler for five, leaving England at 328 for seven.
England had resumed the day on 284 for four after Moeen Ali led the charge on day one of the fifth and final Test match with an unbeaten knock of 120 in Chennai on Friday. He was later dismissed for 146 on Saturday morning.
Ali stitched together a 146-run partnership with Joe Root to get their team out from a precarious position at 21/2. Ali started off shakily, he was dropped by KL Rahul on nought and added 58 to the partnership.
Root was dismissed on 88. Despite Root’s departure, Ali stood his ground and held England’s innings together. He contributed to another crucial stand, this time with Jonny Bairstow. Ali added 37 in the 86-run partnership.
Bairstow was dismissed on 49 but Ali, to his credit, held England’s innings together on his way to a fine century, just before the end of the day’s play. It was a patient knock, that included eight boundaries.
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