Moeen Ali's unbeaten ton lifts England in Chennai Test


But it turned into a moment of shock and despair as Rahul became the second Indian after Mohammad Azharuddin to be dismissed on 199. The 5th test that is being held at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai between India and England saw Kerala born Karun Nair score his maiden century on the penultimate day.

Despite a reprieve early in his innings - K.L. Rahul mistimed his jump at mid-on to drop him at zero - Ali shone with his dogged resilience and grew in confidence to script an unbeaten knock of 120 in 222 balls. Not long after, either side of Parthiv's dismissal, he exploited the vacant point region with stinging reverse-sweeps.

A total of nine batsmen have been dismissed on 199 in Test cricket.

"I don't think I have ever played a game where someone has got out for 199 actually".

For England, it was looking like turning pear-shaped and not for the first time in this Tour after they lost a couple of early wickets having won the toss and electing to bat first.

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And if it is not so much about the milestone then it is the fact a player of his undoubted quality - who is third in the ICC Test rankings - should be piling on more monstrous scores when well set. The last pair to put a hundred-plus stand was Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan who scored 283 against Bangladesh in Fatullah in June 2015. Patel scored 71 runs, facing 112 balls and hitting four fours.

Rahul started the day with a bang, smashing Liam Dawson back over his head for two large sixes before the morning was even 20 minutes old. Broad too was at the receiving end of the punishment from Rahul and Patel. Joe Root produced a contrasting knock, a fluent 88, and Johny Bairstow missed a well-deserved fifty by a run as England enjoyed a productive day out.

India were at 60 without any loss of wicket, trailing England by 417 runs at stumps on Day 2.

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Pujara edged a Ben Stokes delivery to Alistair Cook in the slips while Kohli's attempted drive off Stuart Broad found Keaton Jennings at extra cover.