Chennai, Dec 16 (IANS) England rode on excellent batting by Moeen Ali and Joe Root to post 284/4 in their first innings on the opening day of the fifth and final cricket Test here on Friday.
Ali was unbeaten on 120 at the close with Ben Stokes batting on five at the other end.
Root was unlucky to miss out on what would have been a well-deserved century as he was snared by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja while on 88 following an unsuccessful review.
With the visitors struggling at 21/2 in the morning session, Root and Ali came together to add 146 runs between them to take them out of trouble.
Jadeja was the most successful among the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/73.