India vs England 4th Test Day 2 Cricket Match Live Score: Ton-up Joe Root key as India look to wrap up England innings quickly


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Times of India | February 24, 2024, 09:08:08 IST

IND vs ENG 4th Test, Day 2 Live – Joe Root rescued England from early trouble by scoring an unbeaten 106 after Indian fast bowler Akash Deep took three wickets on debut in the fourth Test on Friday.

England, who are struggling to make ends meet after trailing 2-1 in the five-match series, are 302 for 7 at stumps after electing to bat first in Ranchi.

The tourists slipped to 112-5, but Root, who had scored just 77 runs in his previous six innings, regained his form by sharing a 113-run partnership with wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes, who made 47.

Mohammed Siraj broke this partnership by taking the wicket of Fox, but former captain Root stood strong and at the end of the game, Ollie Robinson (31) played an unbeaten inning of 57 runs.

Root's 31st Test century came after a round of criticism for giving away his wicket on a reverse scoop as England lost the third Test.

The experienced batsman completed his century by hitting a four in the deep and then took off his helmet and picked up his bat, which received a standing ovation from the England players and fans.

Root and Foakes remained composed in an uncharacteristically patient display of England's batting, a temporary departure from their aggressive “buzzball” style, which denied India a wicket in the afternoon session.

After tea, Siraj was brought back into the attack and the fast bowler turned the ball and had Foakes caught at midwicket and then bowled Tom Hartley for 13 runs.

Root hit just nine fours in 226 balls to give his team a much-needed lead on a broken pitch where more turn was expected.

Deep, 27, shone as a replacement for the rested Jasprit Bumrah, and got off to a great start after receiving his first Test cap from coach Rahul Dravid.

Deep thought he had opener Jack Crawley out for four, edging past the crease for a no-ball.

Crawley, who scored 42, counter-attacked and hit Siraj for four consecutive boundaries, which included three fours and a six.

Deep got his first international wicket when Ben Duckett was caught behind on 11.

He struck again two balls later to have Ollie Pope out LBW for naught, a decision that was overruled by the on-field umpire, but after the tracker showed that the ball would have hit the top of leg stump, India successfully reviewed it. of.

Deept then bowled another beautifully to Crawley, who headed for the opener and rattled the stumps as England fell to 57-3 in the first hour of play.

Root and Jonny Bairstow added 52 runs before Ravichandran Ashwin had Bairstow lbw for 38 in another successful Indian review.

At lunch, captain Ben Stokes was trapped LBW for three runs by Ravindra Jadeja, putting England in serious trouble.
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