IND vs ENG Live: Dominic Sibley has opened England’s first innings with Rory Burns.© AFP
England have put in a slow, cautious start against India on Day of the first Test match of the ongoing four-match series, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Openers Dom Sibley and Rory Burns are currently being tested by the home side’s bowling department, and will be hoping to not lose any early wicket. The game is being played behind closed doors due to restrictions imposed as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Virat Kohli is back as the Team India skipper following the conclusion of the paternity leave, granted to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Ishant Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem have been included in India’s playing XI. Also, Ravichandran Ashwin, who didn’t feature in the fourth Test at the Border Gavaskar Trophy due to fitness issues, has been selected in the team. Meanwhile, the only changes in England’s squad from their last Test match are Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Burns. Also, this will be England skipper Joe Root’s 100th Test match. Both teams would look to get the early advantage in the opening Test. (LIVE SCORECARD)
1st Test, Day 1 Live Updates Between India (IND) vs England (ENG), Straight From MA Chidambaram Stadium
A short delivery by Ashwin, without much turn to it. Sibley gets a thick edge and it goes past slip to third man for a four!
A fuller delivery by Sharma, on the stumps. Sibley defends it. No run.
Excellent delivery by Sharma. He sends it on length, angling in towards off. It suddenly straightens and gets past the outside edge. Sibley did not push out for it. Good decision. Lets himself get beaten.
Burns flicks this Bumrah delivery through backward square leg for two runs. A bit of confusion while going for the second.
One run; ENG: 6/0
Sibley gets off his mark. He sends his Sharma delivery to the left of Ashwin at short cover for a single.
A length ball by Sharma. Burns shuffles across his stumps and glances it through midwicket. Sundar chases the ball down. Three runs.
A length delivery by Bumrah. Burns gets his bat to it, and it goes to the right of Pant. He dives to his right, but can only get his fingertips to it. One run.
Back of a length by Sharma, into the pads. Burns sends it to fine leg for a single.
A full delivery by Sharma, in at off stump. Burns defends it to the covers. No run.
The action begins!
Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley will open the innings for England. Ishant Sharma will bowl the first over for India.
Joe Root in his 100th Test match
England skipper Joe Root will be playing in his 100th Test match. He has become the 15th Englishman in 144 years of Test cricket to reach 100 matches.
The captain walks out for the toss in his 100th Test match for England!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) February 5, 2021
Need to get the best of this wicket: Joe Root
England skipper Joe Root, who is in his 100th Test match, revealed that his teams need to get the best of this wicket with the bat. He will be aiming for his side to post a good first innings score. he also mentioned that Archer, Stokes, Burns are in the team.
Same batting order as Brisbane Test: Virat Kohli
After the toss, Kohli revealed that even he would have opted to bat. He also revealed that Sharma and Nadeem will feature in the match. He also mentioned that the batting order will be same as the Brisbane Test vs Australia.
Here are the playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
England: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler, Dominic Bess, Jofra Archer, Jack Leach, James Anderson
Joe Root wins toss, England opt to bat
England skipper Joe Root has won the toss, and has opted to bat against India on Day 1 of the first Test match.
Axar Patel ruled out of the first Test match
Axar Patel has been ruled out of the match after complaining of knee pain. He is currently being monitored.
Also, Shahbaz Nadeeem and Rahul Chahar have been added to the squad.
Good morning and welcome everyone!
Good morning and welcome everyone to our live blog of the first Test match between India and England. Day 1 is set to begin and toss beckons us soon in sometime. Virat Kohli hosts Joe Root in Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, and India will be hoping to repeat their Australia heroics. Meanwhile, England are also in fine form. Stay tuned folks, for some exciting cricket today!
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