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Ind v Eng 1st Test Day 2: Root 's double leads England to strong position

Joe Root struck a double hundred
Joe Root struck a double hundred
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England captain Joe Root struck a resolute double hundred to lead his side to an impregnable 555 for eight at the end of the second day.

At the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, England resumed at 263 for three. This was Root's second double hundred in Test cricket in 2021.

Root (218: 377b, 536m, 19x4, 2x6) added 124 runs for the fourth wicket with all-rounder Ben Stokes (82: 118b, 157m, 10x4, 3x6). Together the duo rode dropped chances and lived on the edge as India were left ruing missed chances.

Then, Root added a further 86 runs for the fifth wicket with Ollie Pope (34). When Root fell with the score at 477, he was the sixth man down.

Dom Bess (28 batting) and Jack Leach were at the crease having added 30 runs for the ninth wicket thus far.

For India, the wicket-takers were Ishant Sharma (2-52), Jasprit Bumrah (2-81), Ravichandran Ashwin (2-132) and Shahbaz Nadeem (2-167).

Match Summary - India v England, 1st Test Day 2, Anthony D'Mello Trophy, MA Chidambaram Stadium

England 1st Innings: 555-8 (180)
Fall of wickets: 4-387 (Ben Stokes-126.1 ov), 5-473 (Ollie Pope-152.2 ov), 6-477 (Joe Root-153.6 ov), 7-525 (Jos Buttler-169.2 ov), 8-525 (Jofra Archer-169.3 ov)

India - still to bat

Stumps: Day 2


Playing XIs
England: Dom Sibley, Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Dom Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

Match Details

Start Time: 03:00

Toss: England won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Officials: Anil Chaudhary, Nitin Menon, C Shamshuddin (TV Umpire), Virender Sharma (Fourth Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)