India vs England 2020-21, 1st Test: Indians strike late as England edges past 550 at stumps on Day 2
England is taking on India in a challenging four-Test series for the Anthony de Mello Trophy, defended by the latter. It is the first international series in India, in the pandemic era, while the opening Test is being played in Chennai. The visitor is currently on top of its game.
England seemed to be in firm control of its innings on Day 2 of the opening Test for the Anthony de Mello Trophy, at the MA Chidambaram (Chepauk) Stadium in Chennai, on Saturday. While the Indian bowlers struck late during the day, England managed to score past 550 at stumps.
On Day 1, England elected to bat first. It was the opener, Dominic Sibley, whose brave knock of 87, followed by Root's 20th Test century, that kept England on top at stumps, losing just three wickets. Resuming at the overnight score of 263/3, Root continued his prolific innings right where he left out. Meanwhile, Stokes joined him following the dismissal of Sibley overnight.
The duo batted with great intensity, as the Indian bowlers, despite challenging them with some tough yorkers and twisty spinners, could not get rid of them. In the meantime, Stokes scored his 23rd Test half-century. Meanwhile, Root converted his overnight century to 150 and continues to go strong. The pair have contributed to a 92-run stand for the fourth wicket before the lunch break kicked in.
As Root and Stokes came out to bat in the post-lunch session, everything was going fine since the score of 355/3. However, 32 runs later, Stokes went for an ambitious shot off-spinner, Shahbaz Nadeem, as he was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at the deep fine leg, thus falling short of his century by 18 runs.
Out came Ollie Pope, as he supported Root well, until the tea break. Meanwhile, it was right before the break when Root brought up the fifth double hundred of his Test career.
Resuming post lunch, at the score of 454/4, it was 19 runs later when Pope was trapped leg-before by veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, for 34. Just four runs later, Root was similarly dismissed for 218 by Nadeem, bringing his glorious innings to an end.
The pair of wicketkeeper-batsman, Jos Buttler, and Dominic Bess looked to take charge. However, at 525, the former was knocked over by pacer Ishant Sharma, for 30. He followed it up with Jofra Archer in a similar fashion, for an unfortunate duck, off the very next delivery.
Since then, Bess and Jack Leach's pair has contributed to 30 runs for the ninth wicket, as stumps was called in. Furthermore, spinner Washington Sundar was denied a couple of chances after being turned down by the umpire, despite being a legit dismissal, while Rohit dropped Bess on 19.
Considering India's bowling attack, six bowlers have been utilised, while four of them have claimed a couple each. Meanwhile, Ishant has been the most economical bowler.
Brief scores: England 555/8 (Sibley 87, Root 218, Stokes 82; Ishant 2/52) vs India.
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