Root Stokes put England in a commanding position on day2

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  A total of four tough chances came in India way to take their first wicket of the day but any players couldn’t hold onto it.

Root Stokes put England in a commanding position on day2, INDvsENG 1st Test
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Root Stokes put England in a commanding position on the day2 of the first test of the four-match series. England resumes the day 2 play at 263/3 with the yesterday not-out batsman Joe ‘Majestic’ Root alongside English all-rounder Ben Stokes.

Joe Root and Ben Stokes played sensibly in the first half-hour of the play on day2. In the third over of the day, Ben stokes hits the first boundary on a fresh day for England. India tried to attack with their premier bowlers at the start of the day e. I, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin.

The pitch didn’t offer any seam or spin in the first hour of the play but after that India created some tough chances but couldn’t hold onto it. India lost both their review in quick succession in the pre-lunch session.  A total of four tough chances came in India way to take their first wicket of the day but any players couldn’t hold onto it.

After a half-hour of the play, Stokes accelerated the scoreboard with some boundaries and two big sixes. Ben Stokes completed his 23rd Test fifty on 73 balls. Meanwhile on the other hand Joe Root played sensibly and continued to pile runs for his team.

Joe ‘Majestic’ Root completed 150 runs before Lunch and went past his previous highest score against India. Root’s previous highest score against India was 154 runs in Trent Bridge.

 

 

At the time of Lunch, the duo added 92 runs at a brisk pace.

After the lunch session, Ben Stokes continued his assaulting to Indian bowlers and in no time he reaches into the 80s. Shahbaz Nadeem who was suffering from beating by these two batsmen somehow managed to break 124 runs stand. Ben Stokes tries to sweep over deep mid-wicket but an outer edge shuts the door of reaching his hundred.

Ollie Pope comes to bat after Ben Stokes. Pope was not at his best in early of the inning but as the inning progress Pope finding his touch. Joe Root and Ollie Pope added 85 runs for the fifth wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin sends back Ollie Pope on 38 runs to the dug-out.

 

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Joe ‘Majestic’ Root registered his 5th double hundred in style, dances down the track, and smoked Ashwin for a might six.  It was Joe Root’s second double hundred in the last third test matches. What a player he is! proving the mettle on Asian soil.

There was a time when Joe Root can’t convert his fifties into hundreds but as of now, he is converting 100s into 200s.

Shahbaz Nadeem once again strikes and Joe Root’s Marathon inning comes to an end.  Joe Root departs after playing a magnificent inning of 228 runs. It seemed that England Captain, Joe Root, going to declare an inning and give India some overs to play in fogs but Root thought otherwise.

Jos Buttler and Dominic Bess continued the inning after Root’s departure. The duo no-showed any intent to accelerate the scoreboard. They were playing on the merits of the balls.

Ishant Sharma brought to attack by Virat Kohli and he didn’t disappoint his captain. He castled Jos Buttler on 30 runs and on the next balls he bowled England one of Premier bowler Jofra Archer. Jofra Archer gone without troubling scorer.

England was eight down then and it seemed India will wrap the tailenders in no time but the tailenders problem continued to haunt India in this test too.

 

 

Dominic Bess (28*) and Jack Leach (6*) survived the nervy moments at the end of the day and help England finished 555/8 on day2.

Will England declare tomorrow on today’s score or continue to bat and add as much as possible?

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