Root double century piles on the agony for India

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Joe Root is a man on a mission.

He scored his second double-hundred in three matches and helped England amass a 550 plus score against India, the first time this has happened in a home test since 2011.

Root became the first player to notch up a double ton in his 100th Test.

His 218 came off 377 balls, was laced with 19 hits to the fence and two sixes.

It’s a measure of Root’s confidence that but he reached his double century by skipping down the wicket to swing Ashwin over the long-on boundary for one of these sixes.

Root has now scored 644 Test runs in his last five innings, and his run tally in 2021 is more than double that of his nearest challenger, Steven Smith.

However, it was also Ben Stokes who wrested the initiative from India.

His attacking 82, compiled from just 118 balls came at a time when slow batting might have tipped the scales in India’s favour especially, if a couple of wickets had gone down.

His innings was studded with 10 fours and three sixes.

At the draw of stumps, Dominic Bess (28) and Jack Leach (6) were at the crease at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

The first two sessions belonged to England as they compiled 191 runs. Root shared a 124-run partnership with Stokes for the fourth wicket, before adding another 86 with Ollie Pope (34).

Ishant Sharma was India’s best bowler this innings. His lines and lengths were spot on.

He bowled 25 overs and conceded just 48 runs. He took two wickets in two balls, extracting prodigious reverse-swing with the old ball.

The ball of the day was the dismissal of Jos Buttler who left one alone that he thought would miss his off stump only to look back and see it pegged back,

He got rewarded for his hard work with 2 wickets in as many balls.

Scores: England 1st innings: 555 for 8 in 180 overs (Joe Root 218, Ben Stokes 82, Dominic Sibley 87; Jasprit Bumrah 2/81, Ishant Sharma 2/52).