The England cricket team was successful in dominating the game against India on the first day of the ongoing first test match in Chennai. Opting to bat first, the England cricket team ended day one at a promising 263 runs for three with Joe Root scoring a fine century in his 100th Test. The England skipper batted with remarkable fluency – from tackling the Indian spinners to handling reverse swing generated by the pacers.
Joe Root walked in to bat following the loss of two quick wickets at the stroke of Lunch. Joe Root along with Dom Sibley formed a brilliant partnership and stitched an amazing 200-run-stand, smashing the Indian bowling attack together.
Joe Root played an unbeaten knock of 128 runs off 197 balls on day 1 of the ongoing first test. He was also struggling with cramps at the backend of the day but he is looking forward to coming out fresh on the second morning.
However, the skipper was heartbroken with the fact that his partner Dom Sibley was dismissed on the last ball of the day.
Joe Root feels that though England has done well on the first day, he has realized the importance of cashing in on the platform and stitch a big first-innings total on a pitch, which offers a lot more to the bowlers. During the post-match interview, he said:
”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,”
Meanwhile, Joe Root became just the 9th batsmen in the history of the game to score a ton in his 100th Test. This was also his third Test century in five innings he has played this year. However, Root is focused on helping his team come out victorious in the ongoing series. Expressing the same, he said:
”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,”