Can England Tame India's Debut Dragon?

Can England Tame India's Debut Dragon?

England's Joe Root rose like a phoenix on day one of the Ranchi Test, silencing critics with a commanding century after Akash Deep's fiery debut rattled their top order. The tourists, under scrutiny for their aggressive "Bazball" approach, found themselves reeling at 112-5. But Root, channeling his inner anchor, stitched a crucial century stand with Ben Foakes, hauling England back into the game.

Akash Deep, India's newest bowling weapon, announced himself with a bang, dismissing Crawley and Duckett in quick succession. Bairstow and Stokes followed cheaply, leaving England staring down the barrel. Yet, Root, batting with uncharacteristic patience, found an ally in Foakes. Their 100-run partnership calmed the storm, offering England a much-needed lifeline.

Despite losing Foakes and Hartley after tea, Root held firm, reaching his 31st Test century with a composed knock. Ollie Robinson's unbeaten 31 added further stability, leaving England at a respectable 302-7.

While India still holds the series lead (2-1), the momentum has shifted. Root's century has instilled hope in the English camp, proving they can adapt their approach when needed. The battle between England's newfound pragmatism and India's bowling attack, spearheaded by the fiery Akash Deep, promises an exciting second day in Ranchi. Can England build on Root's heroics and level the series, or will India's bowlers reignite their dominance? The next chapter unfolds tomorrow.


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