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India vs England: Rohit, Pujara played me particularly well, says Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali bagged 4 wickets as England bowled India out for 329 in the first innings. India then replied with 134 runs to concede a 195-run lead.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moeen Ali picked 4 wickets in India’s first innings of the ongoing 2nd Test
  • India reached 54 for 1 at stumps on Day 2 with a lead of 249 runs over England
  • England had won the first Test by 227 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 4-match series

England off-spinner Moeen Ali said he wasn’t allowed to settle down even though he was the pick of the bowlers during India’s first innings in the second Test in Chennai.

Moeen bagged 4 wickets as England bowled India out for 329 in the first innings. The visitors then replied with 134 runs to concede a 195-run lead.

“Yesterday I felt I really bowled well. They didn’t let me settle, Rohit and Pujara played me particularly well and never let me bowl the way I wanted to bowl. Getting four wickets was nice though and I know that had I played the practice games I would’ve done better. Virat is a brilliant player of spin, to get him out was great. It was a nice ball.

“The preparation has been tough. I didn’t play any games because I ripped my finger and bowling in games is different from bowling in the nets. I think we just need to fight, it is going to be tough for us to win or draw this game.

“We need to show some fight with the ball and the bat. The toss is massive here. The difference between the two sides was Rohit’s innings and he just took it away from us,” Moeen Ali said.

India seized control of the second Test after their spinners wreaked havoc on a dustbowl and skittled out England for 134 at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.

The hosts finished day two on 54-1 for an overall lead of 249 runs on a deteriorating track.

Rohit Sharma, who made a superb 161 in the first innings, was unbeaten on 25 at the close with Cheteshwar Pujara on seven.

Earlier, Moeen Ali and Olly Stone split the last four Indian wickets as the hosts added 29 runs to their overnight score before being all out for 329 in their first innings.

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