IND vs ENG Live: Dominic Sibley and Joe Root during Day 1 of the first Test match, in Chennai.© BCCI
Having found their footing, England are building on their solid start against India, on Day 1 of the first Test match, in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. The visitors put in a good start, but lost two quick wickets before Lunch break. Having resumed play after the Tea session, Joe Root and Dominic Sibley are anchoring England’s innings and are currently unbeaten. Sibley has already registered a half-century, and will be aiming to post a big score. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Rory Burns, and Jasprit Bumrah took the wicket of Daniel Lawrence. The game is being played behind closed doors due to restrictions imposed as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Virat Kohli is back as the Team India skipper following the conclusion of the paternity leave, granted to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Ishant Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem have been included in India’s playing XI. Meanwhile, the only changes in England’s squad from their last Test match are Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Burns. Also, this is England skipper Root’s 100th Test match. Both teams would look to get the early advantage in the opening Test. (LIVE SCORECARD)
1st Test, Day 1 Live Updates Between India (IND) vs England (ENG), Straight From MA Chidambaram Stadium
A fuller delivery by Ishant, straight. Root sends it to deep midwicket for a single.
Excellent delivery by Ishant. It goes towards outside off. Root goes for it late, and outside edges it. It bounces in front of Pant, before he goes for it. No run.
Back of a length by Sharma, speeding outside off. It goes low and Root under-edges it, one bounce to the wicketkeeper.
The action resumes!
Dominic Sibley and Joe Root to resume batting for England. Ishant Sharma will bowl for India.
No run; ENG: 140/2, Tea time
A length ball by Ashwin, towards off stump. Sibley defends it. No run.
Its Tea time now, and England are currently looking strong on Day 1.
Sibley has registered his half-century, and Indian bowlers haven’t bowled really well after Lunch.
Tea on Day 1 of the 1st Test.
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Ashwin sends a slower delivery, outside off. Root sweeps it to the left of long on for a single.
Another short ball by Ashwin. Root goes back, makes room and guides it through cover point for a four!
A short delivery by Ashwin. Root pulls it away past the left leg of the short leg fielder, through square leg for a four!
Bumrah sends a yorker, going inwards. Root glances it to long leg for a single.
Ashwin tosses it up on off stump. Root sweeps it to deep backward square leg for a single.
Two runs, Dom Sibley grabs his half-century!
Back of a length by Ashwin, in from off stump. Sibley makes room and hits it to the left of mid-off to reach his fifty.
One run, ENG: 122/2
Back of a length by Bumrah, into leg stump. Sibley guides it to long leg for a single.
A shorter delivery by Sundar. Root pulls it away to deep backward square leg. One run.
A full delivery by Nadeem on middle and leg. Sibley flicks it to the left of square leg for a four!
Not a good delivery by Nadeem. Root goes for his trademark sweep, from outside off stump. It goes in front of square. He also beats the square leg fielder, and a four!
FOUR! ENG: 109/2
A length delivery on middle and leg, by Sundar. Sibley sweeps it through square leg and finds the gap. FOUR!
Nadeem bowls a flat delivery, outside off stump. Root hits it square of the wicket on the off-side for a single. They think of taking a second, but decide against it.
Sundar tosses it up, outside leg. Root sweeps it to long leg for a single.
FOUR! ENG: 100/2
NICE SHOT! 100 REACHED FOR ENGLAND!
Nadeem adds a bit of flight to it, and it floats in on middle. Sibley smacks it wide of mid-on for a four!
A flat delivery by Root, around leg stump. Root reads it well, and smacks it fine of backward point for a four!
A short-ish delivery by Nadeem. Root opens the face of his bat, and guides it wide of slip for a single.
A quicker delivery by Sundar, outside off and full. Root drives it past Ashwin at cover for a four!
One run, ENG: 86/2
A short delivery by Nadeem, outside off. Root hits it wide of silly point into the cover-point region for a single.
Ashwin bowls a delivery, outside off. Sibley takes him on and goes forward. He drives it to the right of mid-on for a four!
A good length delivery by Sharma, swinging away outside off. Root goes for it, but hits it weakly. It doesn’t have enough to go to Rohit.
No run, ENG: 81/2
Ashwin lofts it up on middle. Sibley hits it on the air, but it doesn’t go to Kohli at silly mid-on or Sundar at short midwicket. No run.
A short delivery by Sharma, into middle. Root hits it to short midwicket.
No ball, one run
Sharma angles his delivery into the hips of Sibley. He sends it through square leg for one. Also a no ball.
A full delivery by Sharma, in middle. Sibley glances it to Gill at deep midwicket. One run.
Sharma sends a length delivery, in at off. Sibley defends it to silly mid-on. No run.
Back of a length by Sharma, at middle. Sibley defends it to Kohli at short mid-on. No run.
Ashwin floats it in on off. Root defends it on the crease. No run.
A full delivery by Bumrah, going straight. Root glances it to the right of midwicket. Three runs.
Back of a length by Bumrah, in at off. Root waits and guides it through square leg for two runs.
No run, ENG: 70/2
A full delivery by Bumrah, towards middle. Root goes forward and guides towards mid-on.
Ashwin bowls a fuller delivery, outside off. Root waits for it and guides it to extra-cover for a single.
A full delivery by Bumrah, outside off. Sibley leaves it.
The action resumes!
Joe Root and Dom Sibley to resume the innings for England. Jasprit Bumrah will bowl for India.
No run; ENG: 67/2, Lunch
Ashwin tosses it up on middle and leg. Sibley blocks it back.
Its Lunch break now!
It was a good start by England, but two quick wickets have spoiled their momentum. The onus lies on Root now, who will need anchor the innings.
Back of a length by Bumrah, outside off. Root glances it wide of gully. One run.
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