New Delhi England have scored 555 runs on the second day, losing 8 wickets. Team captain Joe Root scored 217 runs, batting brilliantly, which created great difficulties for the Indian bowlers. England all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that in the morning session on the third day of the Chennai Test against India, his team has decided to bat for another hour. He has no intention of declaring the innings.
Stokes said after the second day of play on Saturday, there are no thoughts about the announcement tonight. You should make as many runs as you can in India. If we can bat for another hour tomorrow we will be very happy.
The all-rounder shared a 124-run partnership with England captain Joe Root, who scored his second double century in three Tests on Saturday. Stokes said there was something in the wicket that England could think of taking advantage of.
I think there has been spin, bounce and reverse swing. I think we played very well right now. We have to give ourselves credit for this. This type of batting is not easy here. This pitch is helpful to the batsmen and we have taken full advantage of it so far.
Stokes, however, said that England had to go a long way to win the Test and would have to work very hard. It is worth mentioning that thanks to the fifth double century of captain Joey Root (218), who is going through the best phase of his career, England finished the day on Saturday on the second day of the first Test match with hosts India at MA Chidambaram Stadium here. In his first innings, he scored a mammoth score of 555 for eight wickets.
Dominic Bais of Stumps returned from an unbeaten 28 off 84 balls with the help of five fours and Jack Leach scoring six runs off 28 balls with a four. The 30-run partnership has been shared between the two batsmen for the ninth wicket so far. Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and his Test debut Shahbaz Nadeem have got two wickets each from India.