Day 2 of the first Test between India and England in Chennai saw the the visiting batters dominating once again even as the hosts chipping away with wickets towards the end. Beginning from the overnight score of 263/3, skipper Joe Root who was on 128 continued from where he left off and was joined by a positive Ben Stokes whose focus was on scoring quick runs and accelerating the scoring rate.
The duo put together a hundred partnership as Root crossed 150 and Stokes got to 50. The latter was finally dismissed for 82 by Shahbaz Nadeem when he went for a slog, following which Root got to his double-hundred. In the process, he became the first player in Test cricket history to get a double century on his 100th Test match. He looked like he was never going to get out till Nadeem had him trapped in front on 218.
England bat out entire day despite late wickets
The floodgates opened a bit for India in the final session as wickets kept arriving in regular intervals. Before Root’s wicket arrived, it was Ollie Pope who was dismissed LBW by Ravichandran Ashwin. Jos Buttler and Dom Bess then had a good partnership going before Ishant Sharma got the former out bowled. Ishant then followed it up by replicating the dismissal for Jofra Archer off the very first ball.
Just when it looked like India would run through the tail, Bess held firm along with Jack Leach to see out the entire day. The former was especially lucky to survive a dropped chance by Rohit Sharma off Washington Sundar’s bowling. England ended the day on 555/8.
England – 1st innings
|Batsman||Mode of Dismissal||Runs||Balls|
|Rory Burns||c Pant b Ashwin||33||60|
|Dom Sibley||lbw b Bumrah||87||286|
|Dan Lawrence||lbw b Bumrah||0||5|
|Joe Root||lbw b Nadeem||218||377|
|Ben Stokes||c Pujara b Nadeem||82||118|
|Ollie Pope||lbw b Ashwin||34||89|
|Jos Buttler||b Ishant||30||51|
|Jofra Archer||b Ishant||0||1|
Total – 555/8 in 180 overs