IND vs ENG 1st Test: Joe Root-inspired England post mammoth 578, Archer snares both openers

IND vs ENG 1st Test Highlights: Joe Root-inspired England posted a mammoth 578. In reply, India are 59/2 at Lunch, Pujara remains unbeaten on 20* while skipper Virat Kohli is giving him company for 4 at the Lunch Break on Day 3.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 07, 2021 12:11 IST
IND vs ENG 1st Test: Joe Root-inspired England post mammoth 578, Archer snares both openers
Joe Root played another masterclass to propel England to posted 578. (Image credit: Photo/BCCI)

IND vs ENG 1st Test Day 3 Highlights: Day 3: Lunch Break - India trail by 519 runs

ENG - 578 (Joe Root 218, Sibley 87; Bumrah 3/84, Ashwin 3/146)

IND - 59/2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 20* Virat Kohli 4*; Archer 2/25)

India and England are facing each other in the opening Test, being played at Chepauk in Chennai. Chasing ENG's mammoth 578, India lost Rohit Sharma quite early, but after his dismissal, the duo of Shubman Gill and Pujara played watchfully to negotiate the ruthless English attack. Then, England's veteran Anderson pulled off a screamer to end Gill's classy knock of 29. India's new-wall Pujara remains unbeaten on 20* while skipper Virat Kohli is giving him company for 4 at the Lunch Break on Day 3.

Joe Root-led England have got a mammoth first innings total as they added 23 runs to their overnight total to reach 578 and more importantly have worn the Indian players down. The visitors finished with a massive 578 in their first innings, thanks to Joe Root's masterclass (218 off 377), comprising 19 fours and 2 maximum. With this scintillating knock, he became the first cricketer to score a double century in his 100th Test match.

Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes also chipped in with some handy knocks of 87 and 82 respectively. For India, both Bumrah and Ashwin picked three wickets. Ishant Sharma was also impressed and picked a couple of wickets as well. Nadeem also took a piece of wickets by conceding 167 runs.

Earlier, England won a vital toss and ensured they ran the Indian bowlers ragged in just the first innings of the series. They have mentally pushed India back very early, so full credit to them. Captain Root led from the front. He put on a masterclass yesterday and just continued his lessons.