New Delhi: England scored 537 runs in their first innings of first test against India. England’s massive score was helped by the centuries scored by Joe Root (124), Moeen Ali (117), and Ben Stokes (128). There was a quick knock of 46 runs from the English wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow as well.
Indian bowlers were abysmal throughout the innings but Ravindra Jadeja was the most successful bowler of the lot as he picked 3 wickets at the expense of 86 runs. The Indian bowling line-up which boasted of Ashwin, Mishra, Shami and Yadav was frustrated all day by the England batting.
Several fielding blunders and a mix of mediocre bowling from Indian spinners resulted in England posting a score of 451 by lunch break. After the early dismissal of opening pair Cook and Hameed, Joe Root and Moeen Ali took the charge and hit the Indian bowling all around the field to secure their centuries.
Alaistar Cook was dismissed at 21 runs while Haseeb Hameed followed him to the pavilion shortly after, managing a score of just 31. After Ben Duckett was dismissed, Root and Ali benefitted from the Indian misfielding which helped them score 179 runs together.
It didn’t stop here; after the two centurions were dismissed, Ben Stokes took the baton and scored another century to England’s tally to a huge total.
The only shining ray in the ineffective Indian bowling was Ravindra Jadeja who restricted the England batting and managed to dismiss three England batsmen. Ashwin and Mishra were largely ineffective against the in-form England batting line-up.
After the second day’s stumps, former Indian spin wizard Harbhajan Singh lashed out at the Indian bowling.
India’s score at stumps was 63 for no loss, Murli Vijay was playing at 25 and Gautam Gambhir at 28.