England skipper Joe Root was on top of Indian bowlers on first day at Chennai. He dominated bowlers to bring up his third consecutive test century in as many matches. But the moment of the day came when Root collapsed onto the ground due to cramps.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli came to the rescue of his nemesis. The 32-year old was quick to sort out cramps by holding his legs up in the air. He tried to ensure that Root was okay and the England batter was happy with the gesture made by Kohli.
Root was brilliant as he along with other batters managed to dominate the proceedings till stumps. However, their dominance took a little toll when they lost Sibley in the final over of the day.
Indian bowlers were made to work hard as the pair batted close to 70 overs on the day. Both of them took calculative risks and gave no room for Indian bowlers. Root managed to get his century while Sibley fell short of well deserved hundred on the day.
Fans hailed Virat’s gesture as the spirit of the game was witnessed on the day. The topic has been trending on social media platforms.
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Indian bowlers tried but had a tough day. England won a crucial toss and batted on the wicket which did not offer much assistance on the first day. However, it was visible that the pitch is already slow and batting last in Chennai will be a daunting task for Indian batsmen.
England have got off to a strong start and will look to continue and amass a massive total. The visitors had a nightmarish tour last time but set the tone straight this time. It is looking to be yet another exciting series after India’s triumph in Australia.
Jasprit Bumrah looked brilliant once again as he picked out two wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin also did a commendable job. But the other spinners need to step up tomorrow if India wants to stage a comeback. Both Nadeem and Sundar could not identify the right length as they lacked lethality on first day.
The advantage is currently towards England but the hosts cannot be ruled out of contention just yet.