|First Test, Chennai (day two)|
|England 555-8 (180 overs): Root 218, Sibley 87, Stokes 82|
|India: Yet to bat|
Joe Root scored an imperious double century as England continued their strong start to the first Test against India on day two in Chennai.
England captain Root resumed on 128 and serenely compiled 218 to extend his stunning run of form.
His nine-hour epic helped England close on 555-5, Ben Stokes also making an enterprising 82.
The loss of four wickets in the evening session halted England’s progress slightly but the tourists are still in an impressive position.
The pitch is offering increasing assistance to the spinners and seamer Ishant Sharma found notable reverse swing late in the day, which will please England’s quick bowlers.
Root overcame all India threw at him until he fell lbw to left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem in the evening session.
His score, the highest of any batsman in their 100th Test,…
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