England overcame India on Day 5 of the first Test match in Chennai to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. In pursuit of 420 runs, Team India got bowled out to surrender the match (192/10). On an entertaining day of cricket, England bowlers did well on a pitch that offered plenty of substance. Here are the records broken in the match:
Root smashed a fifth double-century and a first against India. He achieved a unique feat of scoring three scores of 150-plus in three consecutive Tests. Root (218 and 44) went on to surpass the 1,500-run mark against India in Test cricket (1,679). He now has five Test centuries against India. Root’s 218 is now the highest individual score for an England captain in India.
All-rounder Ben Stokes missed out on a Test ton in the first innings, but his counter-attacking innings kept England afloat. During his 82-run knock, Stokes reached the 1,000-run mark against India in international cricket.
Indian pace spearhead Ishant Sharma became only the third Indian fast bowler after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to take 300 wickets in Test cricket. Overall, Ishant is the sixth Indian cricketer to take 300 wickets in the format.
India’s ace spinner R Ashwin claimed nine wickets in the match, including a terrific 6/61. Ashwin claimed his 28th five-wicket haul in Tests and a fourth against England.
Cheteshwar Pujara (73 and 15) has raced to 6,199 career Test runs at 47.68. Ashwin (31 and 9) surpassed the 2,500-run mark in Tests (2,507). Virat Kohli (11 and 72) amassed his 24th career Test fifty. Rishabh Pant slammed his fifth Test fifty and has been dismissed thrice in the 90s on home soil.
This was England’s third successive Test win against India (home and away). They have won five of the last six Tests against Team India. Prior to this defeat, India had gone 14 matches unbeaten on home soil after their loss against Australia in February 2017.