The first Test match between India and England is being played behind closed doors at Chepauk Stadium. While it was expected that India would make life tough for the English batsmen after the visitors elected to bat first, the Indian bowlers literally had no clue to stop them.
England grew stronger to a great extent that the opposition bowlers failed to keep them in check. Joe Root was the pick of the England batting line-up as he essayed his 5th double century in his 100th Test match. Dominic Sibley and Ben Stokes also played their part by scoring 87 and 82 respectively.
The visitors were bundled out for a colossal 578. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin were by far the best bowlers for Team India as they accounted for 3 dismissals each. Shahbaz Nadeem and Ishant Sharma settled for two wickets.
Cheteshwar Pujara unhappy with the dismissal
India’s No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara continued his good form with the bat in the first Test. When England pacer Jofra Archer dismissed the likes of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill early on, a lot was expected of India’s dependable No.3 batsman. Much to everyone’s expectations, he batted really well and brought up yet another half-century.
However, he failed to convert his fifty to a hundred. He was dismissed in an unfamiliar fashion and was also unhappy with the way he got out. Yes, this is the first time in his career that he got dismissed in the unluckiest manner.
Pujara who was batting in 73 with the help of 11 fours was eyeing for a hundred but it was when bad luck hit the player. He attempted pulling the spinner Dom Bess’ ball which hit on the shoulder of short leg fielder Ollie Pope before easily falling into the hands of Rory Burns, who was standing at short mid-wicket, after the ricochet.
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Just when the hosts were recovering and getting back into the match with a 119-run partnership with Rishabh Pant, Pujara was dismissed in the unluckiest manner. Pant top-scored with 91. India still trails by 321 runs with Sundar and Ashwin batting on 33 and 8.