IND vs ENG, 1st Test : India Eye Fightback After Root Gives England Edge
India will look to fight back after Joe Root stole the show on the opening day of the Test series opener in Chennai on Friday. Root, playing his 100th Test, scored an unbeaten century to help England to 263 for three at Stumps on Day 1. Root received ample support from Dominic Sibley from the other end as the England opener scored a fine half-century before losing his wicket in the final over of the day. Sibley was trapped right in front of the stumps by Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah, playing his first Test on home soil, was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts, returning with figures of two for 40. Ishant Sharma, returning from an injury, did trouble the English batsmen throughout the day but couldn't get a wicket. The hosts will look for a better showing from their bowlers on Day 2 of the Test.
The India-England cricket series starting on Friday in Chennai marks the first international sport in India since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. India is coming off a remarkable comeback series win in Australia with a depleted squad, and will have back captain Virat Kohli after a six-week paternity leave. Kohli amassed 655 runs in five Tests against England when it last visited in 2016-17, leading India to a 4-0 win. A 2-1 or better win would put India in the inaugural world Test championship final against New Zealand in England in June. England need a 3-0 win to stand a chance of making the final.