Dominic Sibley scored 87 runs and captain Joe Root was batting on 128 not out as England reached 262 for 3 at the stumps on the first day of the first Test against India on Friday.
Dom Sibley and captain Joe Root stitched a century stand to put England on top on Day 1 of Chennai Test vs India (Courtesy- England Cricket)
- Joe Root became the fifth captain to hit hundred in 100th Test
- Root and Sibley have put on an 200 runs stand for 3rd wicket
- England were 263 for three at the end of play on Day 1 in Chennai
In-form Joe Root produced yet another classy hundred and stitched a 200-run stand with opener Dominic Sibley (87) to put England in command against India on the first day of the opening Test at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday.
Root hit his third successive hundred in the sub-continent, a stroke-filled knock of 128* off 197 balls, to ensure that England consolidated the good start of the first day. Root dominated India’s spin attack on a not so turning wicket in Chennai to help his side to 263 for three at Stump’s on Day 1.
England had nearly wasted a solid start, losing two quick wickets in the morning session, but Sibley and Root denied India any success until the last over of the day. A 200-run stand between Root and Sibley had already been stitched before Bumrah struck at the fag end in the last over of the day to remove Sibley for 87, thus denying the England opener a well deserved hundred.at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Earlier, Root won the toss and elected to bat, avoiding the potentially tricky task of batting in the fourth innings on a crumbling wicket.
Rory Burns and Sibley made a steady start with a 63-run opening stand before Ravichandran Ashwin struck to get rid of Burns for 33 who fell while attempting a reckless reverse-sweep. Dan Lawrence joined him soon after in the pavilion, trapped lbw by Jasprit Bumrah without scoring.
England made four changes from its last test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Rory Burns replaced injured opener Zak Crawley and Jofra Archer came in for Mark Wood. Ben Stokes and Ollie Pope replaced Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow, who have been rested for the first half of this series.
India made three changes from its last test against Australia in Brisbane which capped a 2-1 series win. Skipper Virat Kohli returned to lead the side after a six-week paternity leave for the birth of his first child, a daughter.