Ind vs Eng, 1st Test: Joe Root’s sublime 218 inning take visitors to end second day of play on 555/8

England stretches their grip further on day two of the first test match. England started the second day from 263/3 and called it a day at 555-8.

Joe Root and Ben Stokes started day two for England. The English duo never shied away from taking risks and grabbed almost all the scoring opportunities.

Joe Root, playing in his 100th test match, went on to turn the special innings into a debacle. He scored 218 runs before Nadeem sent him off. Root shattered a plethora of records on the second day. Becoming the only second skipper to score three consecutive 150-plus runs, and becoming the first batsman ever to score a double century in his 100th appearance.

Ben Stokes also contributed with 82 runs in just 118 balls with a strike-rate of almost 70. The English lower-order also seemed unperturbed by the Indian bowling attack. Ollie Pope scored 34, Buttler scored 30, and Dom Bess is still 28 not-out at the end of day two when the scoreline reads 555-8.

England will look for quick runs on day three whereas, India would like to curtail the tail as soon as possible. Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem, and R Ashwin each grabbed two wickets apiece.

The pitch seemed pretty flat so far in the first test match as it offered very little assistance to bowlers. India needs to score big in the first innings. The pitch might start deteriorating and playing its tricks from day four onwards. It will be interesting to watch how India responds to this mammoth total accumulated by Englishmen but for now, England has surely earned the bragging rights.


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