India vs England 2021: Joe Root gets a double century as England pile on the runs to reach 555/8 on Day 2

England continued to dominate on Day 2 of the first Test but India bounced back in the final session with regular wickets.

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Joe Root

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

Ishant Sharma celebrates a wicket

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.

Scores

England – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rory Burnsc Pant b Ashwin3360
Dom Sibleylbw b Bumrah87286
Dan Lawrencelbw b Bumrah05
Joe Rootlbw b Nadeem218377
Ben Stokesc Pujara b Nadeem82118
Ollie Popelbw b Ashwin3489
Jos Buttlerb Ishant3051
Dom Bessbatting2884
Jofra Archerb Ishant01
Jack Leachbatting628

Total – 555/8 in 180 overs

BowlersOversRunsWickets
Ishant Sharma27522
Jasprit Bumrah31812
Ravichandran Ashwin501322
Shahbaz Nadeem441672
Washington Sundar26980
Rohit Sharma270

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