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IND vs ENG: Root overshadowing India’s bowlers, planted double century, England scored so many runs till tea time

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New Delhi Batting in the first match of the Test series, England have scored 254 runs after losing 4 wickets till tea on the second day. Team captain Joe Root has scored a double century, batting brilliantly. He has scored 353 balls 209 runs, which is still at the crease.

At the same time, Oli Pope is unbeaten on 24 off 73 balls with the help of two fours. So far, 67 runs have been shared between the two batsmen for the fifth wicket. England scored 99 after losing one wicket in the second session on the second day.

For India, Bumrah got two and Ashwin got one and Shahbaz Nadeem, playing his debut test, got one. England started at 355 for three after lunch. Root 156 and Ben Stokes extended their innings by 63 runs.

Root and Stokes shared a 124-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Nadeem broke this growing partnership by catching Stokes in the hands of Cheteshwar Pujara. Stokes added 19 runs in his innings and was dismissed as the fourth batsman at the team’s score of 387. Stokes scored 82 runs off 118 balls with the help of 10 fours and two sixes.

After Stokes was dismissed, the Pope, along with England, did not allow England to take any more blows until tea. Root completed his double century before tea. He completed his double century by hitting a six off Ashwin. Root became the first English cricketer to complete his double century by hitting a six. This is Root’s third double out of home and his second century in the last three Tests.

Earlier, England started their day ahead by scoring 263 runs for three wickets. Root extended his innings by 128 runs. Stokes landed on the field as the new batsman. Both batsmen continued to play England scorelessly and did not allow the visiting team to suffer any blow until lunch.

Root, who read the wicket well, completed his 150 off 260 balls. This is Root’s third best score in a Test in India. Stokes also played Root well, playing responsibly. India had a chance to run out Stokes in the 112th over off Ashwin. But Washington Sundar’s throw was far from over.

Stokes completed his 23rd half-century before lunch. He completed his half-century off 76 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes. Apart from them, Rory Burns 33, Dominique Sibley 87, while Daniel Lawrence was out without opening the account.

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