Rajkot: Excellent batting by Joe Root and Moen Ali helped England post 311/4 in their first innings on the opening day of the first cricket Test against India here on Wednesday.

Coming together after England lost three wickets in the first session of the day, Root and Ali added 107 runs between them to help the visitors to a comfortable position.

Root scored 124 before being caught and bowled by pacer Umesh Yadav. Ali was on the cusp of a well deserved century as he was unbeaten on 99 at the close of the day's play.

Ben Stokes, who was batting on 19, was giving Ali company at stumps.

Brief Scores:

England (First Innings): 311/4 (Joe Root 124, Moen Ali 99 batting; Ravichandran Ashwin 2/108)