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England skipper Joe Root bear-hugged by Jonny Bairstow after reaching his hundred. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Hosts England piled on the misery after a flawless Day 1 as a combined batting effort from the top-order strengthened their position further. India failed to make serious inroads early on in the day and they paid the price as Joe Root brought up his third century of the series. At the close of play, England was 423/8, leading by 345 runs in the first innings.

Having been blown away on Day 1, India needed quick wickets at the start of the second day’s play at Headingley. Mohammad Shami provided the first breakthrough when he knocked over Rory Burns with a lovely inswinging delivery. Haseeb Hameed was soon sent back by Ravindra Jadeja, claiming the first wicket for an Indian spinner in the series.

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Dawid Malan scored a fluent 70 on his return to Test cricket. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Dawid Malan then joined hands with Joe Root to take England forward. They put on a 139-run partnership off just 189 balls, as India’s shoulders started to drop. Although Malan fell just before the lunch break, Root carried on with Jonny Bairstow to bring up his 23rd Test hundred.

Later on in the day, England lost a few wickets in a cluster, as an out-of-form Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali failed to reach double figures. Nevertheless, Root kept firing before falling to Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed his first wicket on a tiring day. Lower order contributions then ensued, taking England past 400 for the first time in this series.

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Joe Root en route to his hundred at Headingley. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Craig Overton and Ollie Robinson occupied the crease at the end of play. It almost seems as if England has well and truly batted India out of the match, and the visitors will have to play out of their skins to have a chance to even survive. Twitter lauded Root’s contribution and England’s batting display, with some firmly believing the series will be leveled very soon.

Here are some of the reactions to Day 2 of the Headingley Test between England and India:

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