At the end of the day two of the Test series opener at Chennai, the visitors England have managed the powerful first innings total to strongly challenge the hosts Indian team.
England started the second day on their overnight score of 263/3 and they scored 555/8 at the stumps of the day.
India vs England 2021, 1st Test: Day 2 – Joe Root completed double-century; Ben Stokes scored 82 runs
Overnight batsman Joe Root started the day with Ben Stokes. They started the day in solid way while the desperate Indian team failed to dismiss them early in the morning.
While England didn’t lose any wicket in that morning session, Stokes was comfortably adding the runs with the strong guidance of the skipper Root. In that first session, while Root completed his third successive Test 150 in 260 balls, Stokes reached his 50 runs in 73 balls. At lunch, England were batting on 355/3.
In the early second session, Root and Stokes completed their century partnership for the fourth wicket. After their 124 runs fourth wicket partnership, Stokes lost the wicket as Shahbaz Nadeem provided that breakthrough. Before that dismissal, Stokes scored 82 off 118 balls (10 fours and 3 sixes).
But then, Root and Ollie Pope set up another nice partnership for the fifth wicket. During that another long partnership, English Test captain Root completed his fifth Test double-century in 341 balls. It was also the first double-century for a batsman in his 100th Test match.
At tea, England scored 454/4, where Root was batting on 209 runs and Ollie Pope scored 24 runs.
In the sixth over of the last session, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Pope for 34 runs. Before that wicket, Root and Pope put the 86 runs partnership for the fifth wicket.
In the very next over, Nadeem finally dismissed Root for 219 runs as he successfully managed to trap him for lbw.
Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler and Dom Bess built another 48 runs partnership for the seventh wicket. But then, Ishant Sharma took two wickets in back-to-back deliveries as he bowled Buttler for 30 runs and Jofra Archer for a golden duck.
Before the stumps of the day, Dom Bess and Jack Leach put the 30 runs partnership for the unbroken ninth wicket. While Bess scored 28 not out, Leach scored 6 not out.
Brief Scores: England – 555/8 (Joe Root 218, Dom Sibley 87; Ishant Sharma 2/52)