IND VS ENG: Root double ton puts England in charge

Joe Root's second double-hundred in three matches helped England dominate India on the second day in Chennai.

England, riding on Root’s 218 and a brutal 82 from the powerful Ben Stokes - the two added 124 - was on a commanding 555 for eight on day two at Chepauk.   -  BCCI

A milestone looming, he bravely skipped down the track displaying the lightness of feet, got to the pitch of the flighted ball from R. Ashwin, and eased it over long-on to take him past 200. Then, Joe Root laughed as he celebrated the occasion.

The trick is as much in the mind as technique. When you get both aspects right, the effect can be devastating. You watch Root bat and it’s hard to believe he is captaining the side. He’s smiling, enjoying himself in the middle, making light the burden of expectations from a skipper.

And with his mind and body in harmony, Root is in a rarefied ‘Zone.’ In this territory, the belief is big, the ball appears bigger, the strokes flow in all directions, the gaps are opened up and the hefty scores are conjured with consummate ease.

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The only man to notch up a double hundred in his 100th Test, and the first visiting batsman to make a double hundred in India since 2010, the history-making Root continued to leave landmarks behind.

And England, riding on Root’s 218 and a brutal 82 from the powerful Ben Stokes - the two added 124 - was on a commanding 555 for eight on day two at Chepauk.

The pitch showed signs of wear and tear, where the ball often kicked up from the footmarks. Root’s monumental effort - he was finally prised out by one that straightened from left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem - underlined his powers of concentration. He is a hard man to dislodge. And the right-left combination of Root and Stokes kept India wicket-less before lunch.

Picking length early, Root continued to impress. A scorching square cut of Jasprit Bumrah caught attention. He drove spinners in front of the wicket with authority. Of course, he was in total control while sweeping. When the ball turned, he travelled back, played with soft hands.

Ben Stokes took the attack to the Indian bowlers, racking up 82 off 118 balls.   -  BCCI

 

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Engaging duel

The left-handed Stokes’ duel with Ashwin was engaging. The big Englishman thrust his front leg forward and blasted the off-spinner straight for a six. Ashwin got one to dip, Stokes miscued but the bowler could not hang on to a tough return catch.

Forceful on the on-side, Stokes remarkably bludgeoned Nadeem with slog-sweeps even as the bowler got the ball to jump from the footmarks. Stokes finally perished swinging at Nadeem.

 

IND vs ENG, 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: Root's 218 leads England to 555/8 against India at stumps  

Missed chances

There were useful contributions from Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler and Dom Bess as England’s tally swelled. And the consistent Ishant Sharma inched within a wicket of the 300-mark, castling Buttler and Jofra Archer with two sharp incoming deliveries.  

Interestingly, India lost all three reviews and when offie Washington Sundar got one to drift and turn, found the edge of Buttler’s bat but saw his appeal being negated - replays confirmed the nick - India had run out of them.

Washington, bowling with bite as the day progressed, was unlucky not to consume Bess, floored by Rohit Sharma at mid-wicket.

It was that sort of a day for India. A day of missed opportunities.