The first Test match between India and England produced many great moments on the field. Joe Root, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Dominic Sibley and Ben Stokes were the star performers in the Test opener. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill played well.
However, England were by far the dominant force throughout the Test match. Although Indian bowlers fought back in the second innings by restricting the visitors to a mere 178 in the second innings, the failed to chase down the target of 420. India succumbed to 192 in the run-chase as England won the Test match by 227 runs.
England captain Joe Root was named the man of the match for his impressive performances in both innings. He was the top scorer in both innings where he scored 218 in the first innings including 19 fours and 2 sixes. In the second innings, he scored a quickfire 40 off 32 balls with the help of 7 fours.
With this victory, Joe Root scripted history as he won six games out of six in the Asian conditions. This is quite an impressive record especially after beating Sri Lanka in 5 successive games, they went on to repeat the same magic against the mighty Indians at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Virat Kohli warns Nitin Menon
Indian captain Virat Kohli is known for his animated celebration on the field. When Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took a wicket on the very first ball of England’s second innings to dismiss left-handed opener Rory Burns, Kohli celebrated animatedly and showed off his aggressive colours.
When England batsmen were dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin, they lost their track in the second innings. After Indian bowlers took 8 wickets, Jofra Archer was looking to add some runs for the team. While he was trying to take singles, he ran down the middle of the pitch. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli got frustrated and warned on-field umpire, Nitin Menon.
The Indian skipper Kohli told Nitin Menon: “Oye Menon, Seedhe run bhi beech mein bhad raha hai yaar kya hye.” (Translation: “Hey menon, he is running in the middle of the pitch”).
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