New Delhi: England’s position looks very strong in the first Test match being played between India and England at Chennai’s M Chidambaram Stadium. On the second day of the match, Captain Joe Root scored a magnificent double century in his 100th Test.
Joe Root is his 5th double century in his career. England scored 555 for eight on stumps on the second day on Saturday. With this, Root became the first batsman in the world to score a double century in his 100th Test match. No batsman has done this miracle before.
The 30-year-old Root became the first player to score a double century in his 100th Test of 218 off 377 balls, while Ben Stokes hit quick and brilliant innings of 82 off 118 balls, which included 10 fours and three sixes.
Root’s fifth Test century was hit with 19 fours and two sixes, helping him reach the milestone. At the time of the stumps, Dominic Bess (28) and Jack Leach (6) were at the crease at Dom Chidambaram Stadium.
Leading the day by 263 runs for three wickets, England scored 191 runs in the first two sessions before India struggled for four wickets in the last session.
Root shared a 124-run partnership with Stokes for the fourth wicket, before scoring another 86 to put England in a commanding position with Ollie Pope (34).
For India, Ishant Sharma, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ramachandran Ashwin, and Shahbaz Nadeem, playing their first match, got 2-2 wickets.
Brief Score: England first innings: 555 for 8 wickets in 180 overs (Joe Root 218, Ben Stokes 82, Dominic Sylaby 87, Jaspreet Bumrah 2/81, Ishant Sharma 2/52).