PHOTOS: Joe Root, Moeen Ali frustrate India bowlers on Day 1 of Rajkot Test

Joe Root's maiden ton on the Indian soil was laced with one six and 11 fours, while Ali struck nine boundaries.

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Rajkot, Nov 10: Indian bowlers were frustrated as England began their campaign on a promising note, riding on star batsman Joe Root's 11th century to finish the opening day of the first Test at a solid 311/4 here.

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Root was his customary elegant self and made 124 off 180 balls, while Moeen Ali was one short of his fourth Test hundred when the stumps were drawn after 93 overs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

The 25-year-old Root's maiden ton on the Indian soil was laced with one six and 11 fours, while Ali struck nine boundaries. The duo shared 179 runs for the fourth wicket to bail England out from a tricky 102/3.

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Ben Stokes (19) was the other unbeaten batsman at stumps and went on slamming third century from the side in the match. He was dismissed at 128. 

Here are the images of the first day's play: 

England batsmen frustrate India on Day 1 of Rajkot Test

Joe Root plays a shot during day 1 of the first test match against India in Rajkot on Wednesday.

England frustrate India on Day 1 of Rajkot Test

Root's effort was the first Test century by a visiting batsman in India since Michael Clarke's 130 at Chennai in February 2013.

England batsmen frustrate India on Day 1 of Rajkot Test

Moeen Ali duly completed his career's fourth Test century after being one short of the coveted landmark at stumps on day one.

Indian spinners fail to impress on Day 1 of Rajkot Test

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates the wicket of England batsman Alastair Cook during day 1 of the first test match in Rajkot on Wednesday.

England make promising start after Joe Root's 124

Umesh Yadav celebrates the wicket of England batsman Joe Root during day 1 of the first test match against India in Rajkot on Wednesday.

England consolidate position in Rajkot

Ajinkya Rahane drops a catch of England batsman Alastair Cook during day 1 of the first test match in Rajkot on Wednesday.

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