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Root 159 Not Out As England Piles On Advantage Vs India

Root 159 Not Out As England Piles On Advantage Vs India

CHENNAI, India: Captain Joe Root recorded his fifth test double hundred as England reached 454-4 at tea on day two of the first test against India in Chennai.

Celebrating his 100th test in style, Root reached the milestone off 341 deliveries shortly before the tea break. He was unbeaten on 209 runs, while Ollie Pope was 24 not out batting at the other end.

Root became the first visiting batsman to score a double hundred in tests in India since New Zealands Brendon McCullum in 2010 (Hyderabad). McCullum was also the last batsman to score a double hundred against India in test cricket (Wellington, 2014).

Root is the third English batsman to score a double hundred at Chennai after Mike Gatting and Graeme Fowler. Overall, he is the fifth visiting batsman to achieve the feat at this ground, with Australians Dean Jones and Matthew Hayden the other two.

After lunch, England looked to up the scoring rate and drive home their advantage. Ben Stokes opened up to play some attacking shots.

He played one too many and was caught in the deep off Shahbaz Nadeem (1-140). It was a welcome breakthrough for the Indian bowling attack struggling on an unhelpful pitch.

Stokes scored 82 runs, facing 118 deliveries, and had 10 fours and three sixes.

Root and Pope then put on an unbeaten 67-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Pope looked comfortable at the crease even as India had a caught behind DRS appeal off Ravichandran Ashwin (1-114) turned down against him.

England crossed 450 shortly before tea and looked set for a mammoth total.

In the morning session, Root and Stokes plundered 92 runs to push India on the back foot.

On day one, Root became the ninth batsmen to score a hundred in his 100th test as England had reached 263-3 at stumps. Dominic Sibley scored 87.

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