India vs England Live Score, 1st Test at Chennai, Day 3: Rohit, Shubman begin hosts’ reply to visitors’ 578

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10:26 (IST)

After 1 overs,India 2/0 ( Rohit Sharma 1 , Shubman Gill 1)

Anderson starts off with down the leg delivery. A wide in white-ball cricket. Rohit pushes the next one to covers and takes a quick single. Anderson goes down the leg again, Gill flicks it to fine-leg and he’s off the mark. The pacer is struggling with his line and no swing. Two from the over.  

10:26 (IST)

Rohit Shamra batting average in Tests:

Home : 88.33 
Away : 27.00

10:22 (IST)

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill make their way to the middle. Rohit takes strike, Jimmy Anderson has the new ball. Time for India’s innings. 

10:21 (IST)

Two spectators who want Rohit to score a lot of runs!

10:15 (IST)

The last time before this Test when India fielded for more than 190 overs in a Test innings at home was against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad in 2009 (2nd innings, 202.4 overs). 

10:14 (IST)

England made sure India worked hard to take the two wickets. Ashwin, Bumrah pick three wickets each while Ishant and Nadeem end with two wickets. Now it’s time for Indian batsmen to impress. Time for a small break. 

10:14 (IST)

Most overs bowled by Ashwin in a Test innings:

55.1 v England, Chennai, 2021 (1st innings)*

53 v Australia, Adelaide, 2012 (1st innings)

52.5 v Australia, Adelaide, 2018 (4th innings) 

10:13 (IST)

BOWLED! 

Ashwin with the final wicket. The attempted slow sweep fails. England are bowled out for 578 in 190.1 overs. Anderson b Ashwin 1(12)

10:11 (IST)

After 190 overs,England 578/9 ( Jack Leach 14 , James Anderson 1)

Another fumble from Pant as Bumrah goes short to Leach. This allows the batsmen to sneak a single. Just one run and England survive another over.

10:07 (IST)

After 189 overs,England 577/9 ( Jack Leach 14 , James Anderson 1)

Well, this is very frustrating for Virat Kohli and his players. James Anderson plays out the four balls before taking a single and then Ashwin goes down the leg to Leach. Nine overs done since the start of the morning session. 

10:05 (IST)

After 188 overs,England 576/9 ( Jack Leach 14 , James Anderson 0)

Bumrah continues. Slightly short when it comes to the length. Tries a yorker in the fourth ball but it ends up being a low full-toss. Leach drives and Pujara does well to stop the ball. No intent to score runs so probably England are looking for the pitch to deteriorate further.

10:01 (IST)

After 187 overs,England 576/9 ( Jack Leach 14 , James Anderson 0)

Ravichandran Ashwin with the new ball. After the four, Leach again comes down the track but this time, the bat is nowhere near the ball. It’s an easy stumping chance but Rishabh Pant misses it. Leach then plays a sweep and misses and Pant again fails to collect the ball so it’s four byes. The ball is turning but still Pant should’ve done a lot better. 

09:59 (IST)

Well played. Leach down the track against Ashwin and hits it over mid-on. 

09:58 (IST)

After 186 overs,England 567/9 ( Jack Leach 9 , James Anderson 0)

Bumrah to Bess, the batsman plays and misses. After two balls, India decide to take the third new ball and it works for the team. The hard ball comes back in quickly to trap Bess and the umpire raises his finger. Bess doesn’t review it and it’s the right call. James Anderson is the last batsman for England and he survives three balls from Bumrah. 

09:57 (IST)

The last time when England won a Test in India at Kolkata in 2012, England captain (Alastair Cook) faced 377 balls in the first innings. 

In this Test also England captain (Joe Root) has faced 377 balls in the first innings. 

09:55 (IST)

LBW!

Bumrah traps Bess in front of the wickets and England are nine down. Dom Bess lbw b Bumrah 34(105)

09:52 (IST)

After 185 overs,England 567/8 ( Dom Bess 34 , Jack Leach 9)

Bess is up against Ashwin and he plays a confident shot after dancing down to the track. Ashwin didn’t like that one at all. Remember, Bess was dropped when he was on 19 by Rohit Sharma. A simple chance went down. Now Bess is on 34. Five from the over.

09:50 (IST)

Each batsman from 4-8 scoring 30-plus runs against India in India in a Test innings:

West Indies, Delhi, 1948

Pakistan, Mohali, 2005

England, Chennai, 2021*

09:49 (IST)

Ashwin comes round the wicket to Bess and the batsman comes down the track and sends the ball over mid-wicket. Top shot!  

09:48 (IST)

After 184 overs,England 562/8 ( Dom Bess 29 , Jack Leach 9)

Bumrah continues. Beats Dom Bess twice, the second one is a good ball. The pacer tries the yorker but the ball drifts down the leg and it’s one leg-bye. Another yorker, or rather low full-toss and Leach comes up with a gutsy block. A bouncer to end the over. No, that’s too high and umpire calls it a wide. Final ball is down the leg.     

09:47 (IST)

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09:43 (IST)

After 183 overs,England 560/8 ( Dom Bess 29 , Jack Leach 9)

Leach edges it while trying to play it on the on-side but he’s safe and takes a single. After two dots, Bess pushes the ball to the leg-side and manages to take one run. Just two from Ashwin’s over.  

09:40 (IST)

After 182 overs,England 558/8 ( Dom Bess 28 , Jack Leach 8)

Jasprit Bumrah into the attack. The second ball is on the yorker length, Leach gets an edge and that saves him. Guess what? It’s another no-ball for India, their 20th of the innings. Bumrah fires another yorker, this time the ball beats the bat but misses the stumps. Leach takes a single and Bess plays out rest of the deliveries. 

09:34 (IST)

After 181 overs,England 556/8 ( Dom Bess 28 , Jack Leach 7)

Nice tossed up deliveries from Ashwin coming round the wicket. Leach goes for the drive and takes a single. Bess tries to beat the straight fielder by stepping out but fails to find the gap. Just one from the over.  

09:32 (IST)

India conceding 500-plus runs at home consecutive three time against an opposition in Tests:

West Indies (1948-49)
West Indies (1958-59)
England (2012-21)*

09:30 (IST)

Time for some cricketing action. Just two wickets needed for Team India to wrap up the innings but England will try to make it hard. Jack Leach is on strike, Ravichandran Ashwin with the ball.      

09:20 (IST)

Key stats from Day-2:

Joe Root’s 218 runs is now the highest individual score for an England captain in Tests in India. He became the first England batsman to reach a Test double ton with a six.

The double ton at Chennai was Root’s fifth double ton in Tests – the joint second most for England alongside Cook. His 218 is now the highest for a visiting batsman at Chennai in Tests. 

This was the first time that India conceded 500-plus runs in Tests at home since December, 2016. The last time was also against England at Rajkot in November, 2016. 

09:15 (IST)

In the last session of Day 2, the pitch began to show some kindness to the bowlers, especially spinners with some sort of turn and bounce. England will be very happy with the kind of score they have on the board to now bowl Indians on a track more suitable for bowling. The wicket is not as dry as it seems. After Root departed, none of English batsmen could show the same ease with the bat in hand. Whenever hosts come out to bat, they have a task in hand. 

09:00 (IST)

Indians have had a long two days in the field and would be aiming to finish off the England tail as quickly as possible in the first half an hour on Day 3. Also, getting England all-out before they reach 600 would be a target in their heads. They cannot let the tailenders to add runs.

08:45 (IST)

Everybody loves Root

08:34 (IST)

Visitors seize control of first Test after Joe Root’s majestic double century on Day 2

On the second morning, it was Ben Stokes who entered the stage and made it his own with big hitting. He smashed 82 off 118 balls with 10 fours and three sixes and let Root rotate the strike in their 124-run stand.

Worse, England didn’t declare after being well past 500 which was like driving home a point and piling on the misery on an Indian team which has now been shaken up on a track where nothing happened for two days.

Recap of what happened yesterday in Chennai

08:14 (IST)

On this day! Anil Kumble with an incredible achievement

08:00 (IST)

Root third on the list

08:27 (IST)

Ben Stokes says victory would be perfect to round off Joe Root’s 100th Test

Joe Root is one of the best batsmen in the world, an incredible athlete and above all an inspirational captain, is how England vice-captain Ben Stokes described his skipper on the momentous occasion of his 100th Test match.

Quotes here

07:45 (IST)

Joe Root engineers resurgence on subcontinental sojourn as ‘Fab Four’ comes alive again

Root debuted in December 2012, which gives him eight completed years as a Test cricketer, from 2013 to 2020. He’s finished with an average above 50 in three of these eight years.

Click here to read Yash Jha’s piece on England skipper

07:30 (IST)

Welcome to Day three of the first Test between India and England at Chennai. England surged ahead on Saturday after a fine double century from skipper Joe Root, and are yet to declare even with the score reading 555-8. Dominic Bess (26*) and Jack Leach (6*) were the unbeaten batsmen at end of Day two. Stay tuned as we bring you LIVE updates from Chepauk. 

India vs England, Live Cricket Score, 1st Test Live Updates:

Anderson starts off with down the leg delivery. A wide in white-ball cricket. Rohit pushes the next one to covers and takes a quick single. Anderson goes down the leg again, Gill flicks it to fine-leg and he’s off the mark. The pacer is struggling with his line and no swing. Two from the over.

Day 2 report: Joe Root scored 218 to become the first player to hit a double century in his 100th Test as England stormed past 550 in the opening Test against India on Saturday.

The captain, who resumed on his overnight 128, hit a big six to pass 200 before departing in the final session in Chennai.

Indian bowlers came back with four wickets in the evening session to check England’s surge. The tourists ended the second day on 555 for eight. Dom Bess (28) and Jack Leach (6) were batting.

Root, who expertly kept India’s spinners at bay in his 377-ball marathon, extended his golden run that followed match-winning scores of 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka in Tests last month. He has now hit five Test double centuries.

His remarkable feat came after a quickfire 82 from Ben Stokes. The pair put on 124 for the fourth wicket on a pitch made for batting.

“Root’s in incredible form. To play like that in alien conditions is incredible,” Stokes said.

“It’s a bit frightening when you’re at the other end and he makes it look so easy,” he said of his captain.

Left-hander Stokes hit his 23rd Test half-century—with 10 fours and three sixes—before falling to Shahbaz Nadeem’s left-arm spin.

Root and Ollie Pope then got going to frustrate the Indian bowlers before Ravichandran Ashwin broke through.

Ashwin trapped Pope lbw for 34 and Nadeem got Root’s prized scalp with a delivery that straightened up to hit the batsman’s pad.

Root reviewed the call but replays showed the ball would have hit leg stump. India skipper Virat Kohli shook hands with his opposite number as he walked back to the pavilion.

Jos Buttler, playing his 50th Test, tried to take on the bowling with a few attacking shots but Sharma bowled him.

Sharma struck again next ball to bowl Jofra Archer for nought. Sharma reached 299 Test wickets in his 98th match.

Bess, who was dropped on 19 as Rohit Sharma spilled an easy chance at mid-wicket off Washington Sundar, and Leach, took the team to the close, adding 30 more runs.

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah, Ashwin and Nadeem have also claimed two wickets each after England elected to bat first on Friday.

England and India will play four Tests in the series.

With inputs from AFP

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