In the first Test being played in Chennai, England had lost two wickets in a row for 67 runs at the end of lunch against India and it seemed that the visiting team has now faltered. But after lunch, Dominic Sibley (53 not out) and the 10th Test match of his career, captain Joe Root (45 not out), kept the team from 150 runs while playing on the wicket. During this, Joe Root completed his half-century, hitting Nadeem in the 59th over. Explain that Root had also hit a half-century against India in his debut match.
After lunch, Root led by four runs and Sibley extended his innings by 26 runs. Both batsmen provided stability to England by playing well. Meanwhile, Sibley scored his fourth half-century of his Test career. At the time of tea, Sibley returned unbeaten with four fours off 186 balls while Root hit five fours off 100 balls.
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Earlier, England openers – Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley – got a great start to their team by winning the toss and batting first. It seemed that the duo would pull off the first session without any loss on the pitch that was helping the batsmen, but shortly before lunch, Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Burns to bring India their first success.
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Burns was caught by Rishabh Pant behind the wicket off Ravichandran Ashwin on a personal total of 33. Burns, who hit two fours in 60 balls, shared a 63-run partnership with Sibley. Danielle Lawrence (0), who came in to replace Burns, did not let Jaspreet Bumrah stay longer. Lawrence was lbw for just five balls. Playing his 18th overall and his first Test in India, Bumrah made his first home hunt as Lawrence. From India only Ashwin and Bumrah have got one success each.