India vs England Live Score 1st Test Day 2: Joe Root brings up his 150, Stokes gets 50; England in control

India vs England Live Score 1st Test Day 2: Joe Root brings up his 150, Stokes gets 50; England in control

India vs England Live Score, 1st Test, Day 2: Joe Root brought up his 150 in the first session, Ben Stokes got his 23rd half century. Stokes and Root got off to a fantastic start as they frustrated Indian bowlers. Follow live score and updates of IND vs ENG.

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Sat, 06 Feb 2021 11:09 AM

FIFTY! Ben Stokes brings up his 23rd half century on Day 2 in Chennai. Fantastic batting this one from England's key players.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 11:03 AM
Stats attack

150+ scores in consecutive Tests

4 Kumar Sangakkara (2007)

3 Wally Hammond (1928-29)

3 Don Bradman (1937)

3 Zaheer Abbas (1982-93)

3 Mudassar Nazar (1983)

3 Tom Latham (2018-19)

3 JOE ROOT (2021) *

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 11:01 AM
Joe Root - 150

Joe Root brings up his 150!

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:53 AM
DRS Review taken - AGAIN!

Shahbaz Nadeem struck Joe Root on the pads - and India go for a review yet again. Umpire is not interested. Nope, missing the stumps. India are desperate to get a wicket here - it seems. India lost two reviews in less than 2 overs now.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:50 AM
DRS Review taken

Original decision is NOT OUT - that is off the glove. It was a clear decision, a desperate call from India. Worrying signs for India.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:47 AM
Joe Root is going really slow

Joe Root has been particularly slow today - so it means he is pacing himself for a longer innings today. India need to get him out ASAP. He is holding the play here.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:41 AM
Spin from both ends now

R Ashwin replaces Ishant Sharma. He is brought into the attack as India look to get a wicket here. This has been England's season so far.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:35 AM
300 up for England

FOUR! FOUR! Ben Stokes hits Ishant Sharma for back-to-back boundaries. He has looked very comfortable since morning, and he is doing attacking batting here. Brings up 300 for England in no time.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:24 AM
Shahbaz Nadeem comes into the attack

Shahbaz Nadeem has come into the attack. He can bowl at that rough patch on the left-hand side, which can trouble Ben Stokes. Stokes will be aware of that area. Interesting things could happen here.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:16 AM
Ashwin to Stokes - FOUR!

FOUR! It has not been Ashwin's day so far, he has not been able to trouble Ben Stokes at all. He middles a sweep shot on a slower one for a boundary this time around.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:11 AM
Ishant around the stumps to Stokes

Ishant Sharma has somewhat troubled Joe Root - the batsman has not middled him more than once, and this is a good strategy to take Stokes out of his comfort zone as well. Bowl to Root from around the stump. Targeting that off stump, and further the lateral movement in the air

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:01 AM
Stats attack

Top scores by visiting captain in Chennai

Joe Root (ENG) - 135*

Imran Khan (PAK) - 135*

Michael Clarke (AUS) - 130

Allan Border (AUS) -106

Kim Hughes (AUS) - 100

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:58 AM
Time for a change, maybe?

The pitch has not opened up any doorways for Ashwin to trouble Ben Stokes - and this is a good batting surface, but there are a few spots that can trouble left-handed batsman. Maybe a time to bring in Shahbaz Nadeem?

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:51 AM
Big Ben goes BIG!

SIX! Ben Stokes hits a maximum off R Ashwin. That came out of nowhere - brutal power, he did not even hit it that hard. Game on!

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:48 AM
Jasprit Bumrah to Joe Root - FOUR!

SHOT! A little bit of width on offer from Bumrah, rightly punished by Joe Root. He is batting at 130+, can't bowl that line to him. Root is well settled and that is a relatively easier shot from the batsman for a boundary.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:42 AM
Bumrah to Stokes - FOUR!

FOUR! A good comeback from Stokes, he was nearly beaten with a perfect yorker from Bumrah. In the next ball, Bumrah gives a bit of width, on a back of length delivery, Stokes steered it through for a boundary.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:40 AM
Bumrah from around the stumps

Change of angle to Ben Stokes, this is a smart strategy. Bumrah comes from around the stumps to Stokes. Can open up chances for India.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:36 AM
Stats attack

Stokes vs Ashwin in Tests:

384 balls

150 runs

Seven dismissals

- No other bowler has dismissed Stokes as often

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:35 AM
R Ashwin on the other end

It is off-spinner R Ashwin on the other end for India. This is a smart strategy as he would be looking to get Ben Stokes early, who is traditionally uncomfortable against spin bowling at start.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:24 AM
India vs England 1st Test Day 2 - LIVE!

Joe Root comes out to the middle and he has Ben Stokes along with him. The day starts with Jasprit Bumrah who picked a ball on the last ball of Day 1. Day 2 - HERE WE GO!

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:22 AM
How will Ben Stokes fair today?

There is no doubt that Ben Stokes is one of the best batsmen in the world. But he has been away from cricket for a while - and if he suffers from ring rust, this could open the gateways for India to get an early wicket - and bring them back in the game early on.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:16 AM
India vs England 1st Test Day 2 - Pitch Report

Nick Knight and Deep Dasgupta: "Beautiful conditions, 30 degrees yesterday. The pitch played good for batsmen. Post Day 1, the rough areas are dusty and the soil is loose. This rough patch will be tricky for left-handed batsmen. The length is perfect for a left-armer. The ball lands there, that is very much in the gate. For the right-handed batsman it is still a good surface to bat on. Very important for India to pick early wickets. Very good batsman to bat on - could be tricky for left-handers."

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 09:10 AM
England batting line-up

England have a lot of solid batsmen coming up to bat - with Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes. With pitch having nothing in for bowlers, this could be a tough day for India.

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 08:59 AM
Joe Root on his century

Here's what Joe Root said after the day's play on Friday:

"It's (the leg) feeling alright, got a bit cramped there towards the end. I have to get some fluids in and I could do that overnight. Really pleased with the position we have got ourselves into, bit of a shame to lose Dom (Sibley) towards the end. We have to make use of a strong first day. I always felt it is going to play well. It is an unusual looking surface, but it certainly played really well. It is a bit on the slower side and I feel like it will spin as the game goes on, little bit of reverse swing as the day unfolded. It was a good contest and India have some good bowlers, made us work hard for our runs. It is a good first day but we know we have to back it up with something similar. I was just trying to get used to the surface. I wanted to take away the threat as much as possible and the more I got used to the surface, I found a little bit easier. The longer you stay out there the easier it becomes. I am a firm believer that your next hundred is your best hundred. It will mean a hell of a lot more if we can get a result from this game. To get a hundred in my 100th Test is special but I hope there is more to come tomorrow and it helps to put up a substantial first innings total. It was actually quite a nice day today, nice breeze throughout. I don't think I took enough fluids today. Got to make up for it, eat and rest well tonight."

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 08:48 AM
Stat attack

The last time India picked three or fewer wickets in the opening day (full day's play) of a Test after bowling first was against Australia at SCG (348/2), Virat Kohli's maiden Test as full time skipper.


Sat, 06 Feb 2021 08:44 AM
Saliva ban made it difficult: Bumrah

"The ball did become soft after a while and the wicket is on flatter side with the bounce being less. You are left with limited options (to shine ball). We are trying to figure out what we can do with the limited things in hand, at that time," Bumrah said at the virtual media conference.

"It becomes difficult when the ball becomes soft and doesn't shine really well because of new COVID-19 rules, we can't use saliva, very difficult during that time to maintain the ball," Bumrah said.

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