Chennai: Skipper Joe Root hit his fifth double century — the first by a batsman playing his 100th Test — to guide England to 555 for eight wickets at stumps on Day Two of the first Test against India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.
Root (218, 19x4s, 2x6s), whose double century was also the first by an overseas cricketer in India in more than 10 years, was ably supported by Ben Stokes (82) as the duo stitched 124-run fourth-wicket partnership.
At close, Dominic Bess was batting on 28 and Jack Leach was unbeaten on six. The tail-enders added an unbeaten 30 in 10.3 overs.
India claimed four wickets in the last session, with pace bowler Ishant Sharma grabbing two wickets — Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer — off two balls, but Bess and Leach ensured that Virat Kohli’s boys will have to return on the third morning, something that Root wanted.
Brief scores: England 555/8 in 180 overs (Joe Root 218, D Sibley 87, Ben Stokes 82, O Pope 34; Ishant Sharma 2/52, Jasprit Bumrah 2/81, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/132, Shahbaz Nadeem 2/167). Match to continue