India and England are playing against each other in the first Test of the series from Friday morning, February 5 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. England captain Joe Root decided to bat after winning the toss and sent India to bowl.
Batting first, the English batsmen left the Indian bowlers sweating all day. English openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley put on 63 runs on the first wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin hit the first blow for India whilst the run wheel of England kept rotating. On his ball, Rory Burns (33) got caught behind on the gloves of Rishabh Pant. Daniel Lawrence came on the wicket next. But Daniel Lawrence returned to the dressing room with zero runs off Jasprit Bumrah, the team total standing on 63 runs.
This is Jasprit Bumrah’s first Test match at home. Earlier, the bowler took 79 wickets in 16 Test matches. All the matches were held outside India. So this is Bumrah’s first wicket on home soil. Dominic Sibley and captain Joe Root then teamed up for the wicket. After losing 2 wickets for 67 runs, the visitors went to the lunch break.
Coming back from the break, the English started batting defensively. Dominic Sibley picked up the 3rd half-century of his career off 159 balls. The English lost 2 wickets for 140 runs in 57 overs and went to the tea break.
Returning from the break, England captain Joe Root hit his half-century off 110 balls. After losing 2 wickets in 74 overs, England went to the water break for 205 runs.
Making his way back to the match from break, England captain Joe Root scored 100 runs in his 100th Test match. The English captain has set many records in today’s match. He is now the first cricketer in the world to score a century in his 98th, 99th, and 100th Tests. Test history has seen a few hands before to score a century on their 100th matches. So far there have been 9 people with Root. Look at the names of the previous eight — Colin Cowdrey, Javed Miandad, Gordon Greenidge, Alex Stewart, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, and Hashim Amla. Among them, Ponting has scored a century in two innings.
Dominic Sibley then lost his wicket at the end of the session. Before falling this wicket, they collected 200 runs in the third wicket partnership. The batsman lost his wicket being lbw by Bumrah scored 87 runs from 286 balls with 12 fours. At the other end, Joe Root remained unbeaten after playing a dazzling innings of 128 runs off 197 balls, hitting 14 fours and 1 six. England lost three wickets in 89.3 overs and ended the first day’s play with 263 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah (2-40, 18.3 over) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1-68, 24 over) took the wickets for India.
England – Rory Burns, Daniel Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Dominic Sibley, Joe Root (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Jofra Archer, James Anderson, Dominic Bess, Jack Leach.
India – Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (c), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma.
England (1st Innings) – 263/3 (89.3)
Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Burns, 23.5 over), 2-63 (Lawrence, 25.4 over), 3-263 (Sibley, 89.3 over)
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