IND vs ENG Live: Ben Stokes, Joe Root during Day 2 of the first Test match in Chennai.© BCCI
Joe Root and Ben Stokes have given England a strong start against India, on Day 2 of the first Test match, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai. The duo will be aiming to help their side post a big score. Root, playing his 100th Test, scored an unbeaten century to help England to 263 for three at Stumps on Day 1. Root received ample support from Dominic Sibley from the other end as the England opener scored a fine half-century before losing his wicket in the final over of the day. Sibley was trapped right in front of the stumps by Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah, playing his first Test on home soil, was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, returning with figures of two for 40. Ishant Sharma, returning from an injury, did trouble the English batsmen throughout the day but couldn’t get a wicket. The hosts will look for a better showing from their bowlers on Day 2 of the Test. (LIVE SCORECARD)
1st Test, Day 2 Live Cricket Updates Between India (IND) vs England (ENG), Straight From MA Chidambaram Stadium
A flat delivery by Ashwin, towards the pads of Root. He hits it to the right of forward square leg for a single.
One run, ENG: 308/3
Nadeem floats in a shorter delivery, to off stump. Root hits it to deep point for a single.
England are 308 for three after 105 overs.
Nadeem tosses it up, outside off. Stokes guides it to the fine leg region for two runs.
No run, ENG: 303/3
Back of a length by Sharma, in at off. Stokes defends it back to the bowler.
England are 303 for three after 104 overs, and its drinks break now!
Overpitched by Sharma. Stokes uses the width to slam it through the cover-point area for back-to-back fours!
FOUR! AWESOME SHOT!
A full delivery by Sharma. Stokes smacks it to the left of mid-on. Gill chases it but can’t parry it back in. FOUR!
Nadeem tosses it wide of off. Root sweeps it backward of square. Ishant runs around the ropes and slides, pulls the back back in, but it rolls into the boundary. FOUR!
Nadeem tosses it up, around off. Stokes hits it square on the leg-side for a single.
Ashwin doesn’t have any turn in this delivery. Stokes sweeps it with much aplomb, to the square-leg fence for a four!
A short spinning delivery by Ashwin, outside off. Stokes glances it to extra cover.
Back of a length by Sharma, in at off. Root inside edges it to the square leg area for a single.
Ashwin sends a length delivery, in at off stump. Stokes guides it to square leg for a single.
No run, ENG: 280/3
A full delivery by Sharma, in at off. Root goes forward and blocks it.
After 98 overs, England are 280 for three.
A flat delivery by Ashwin, from around the wicket. Stokes sends it to mid-on. No run.
Ashwin tosses it up, on outside off. Stokes waits leg-side of the line and smacks it over Ashwin’s head for a six!
A short delivery by Bumrah, outside off. Root cuts it behind square with ease for a four!
A short delivery by Bumrah, outside off. Stokes sends it between slips and gully for a four! OFF THE MARK!
Overpitched by Bumrah, into off stump. Root glances it to deep square leg for a single.
Ashwin tosses up a slow delivery, outside off. Root goes forward and guides it wide of covers. One run.
No run, ENG: 263/3
A length delivery by Bumrah. Stokes leaves it again, and no run.
After 90 overs, England are 263 for three.
A full delivery by Bumrah, on fifth-stump line, outside off. Stokes leaves it.
Day 2’s action begins!
Joe Root and Ben Stokes walk in to resume England’s first innings. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah will resume for India.
The pitch is looking better than how it looked yesterday. The sun is also shining in Chennai. The pitch is dusty and soil is also loose. There is a high chance of it breaking up, and with more turn expected after Tea session.
Virat Kohli will be hoping for early wickets!
India captain Kohli will be aiming to grab early wickets, and will be banking on the likes of Bumrah and Sharma. On Day 1, the pressure created by the pacers were diminished by India’s inexperienced pair of Nadeem and Sundar. Here is a video of Kohli passing on advice in the team huddle:
Rise and shine
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 6, 2021
India need to save runs!
Virat Kohli needs a plan to prevent leakage of runs. With the departure of Dom Sibley in the final over of Day 1, the arrival of Ben Stokes could increase the pressure on India. Virat Kohli could add another slip fielder for Stokes, if not for Joe Root. Ravichandran Ashwin will be crucial for India’s ambitions, especially against Stokes.
Good morning and welcome everyone!
Good morning and welcome everyone to our live coverage of Day 2 of the first Test match between India and England, being held in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. Having elected to bat, England are currently in a very strong position, going in to Day 2. Joe Root’s ton helped them post 263 for three at Stumps. Currently, the England skipper is unbeaten, and will be aiming to build on his score. Stay tuned for some fine cricket action!
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