Ind vs Eng, 1st Test: Root's double ton guides visitors to 555/8
Skipper Joe Root's double ton and Ben Stokes' 82 guided England to post a mammoth score on day two of the first Test against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.
Chennai: Skipper Joe Root's double ton and Ben Stokes' 82 guided England to post a mammoth score on day two of the first Test against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.
At stumps on day two, England's score read 555/8 in 180 overs with Dom Bess and Jack Leach still at the crease on 28 and 6 runs respectively.
In the final session, India bagged four wickets including the much-awaited dismissal of Root (218). Visitors resumed the third session from 454/4 with Root and Ollie Pope continued their partnership for the fifth wicket. The duo stitched an 86-run partnership before spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Pope (34) in the 153rd over.
Jos Buttler joined skipper Root in the middle but spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, in the 154th over, removed the latter and brought the hosts back in the game.
Root departed after playing a record-breaking knock of 218 runs in his 100th Test. He became the first batsman in the history of Test cricket to score a double century in his 100th Test.
Root also registered the highest score for a player playing in his 100th Test, breaking the record of former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq to achieve this feat.
He also surpassed Mike Gatting (207) to post the highest individual score for an English batsman in India. Root has now scored five double centuries in Test cricket; only Wally Hammond has posted more for England (7).