Root's double ton guides England to 555-8 at stumps on Day 2

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Chennai, Feb 6 (PTI) Skipper Joe Root scored a superb double century in his 100th Test as England continued to frustrate India, amassing 555 for eight by stumps on the second day of the first Test here on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Root became the first player to notch up a double ton in his 100th Test on the way to his 218 off 377 balls, while Ben Stokes hit a counter-attacking 82 off 118 balls, studded with 10 fours and three sixes.

Root's fifth Test double ton was laced with 19 hits to the fence and two maximums, one of which helped him to reach the milestone.

At the draw of stumps, Dominic Bess (28) and Jack Leach (6) were at the crease at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Resuming the day at 263 for three, England amassed 191 runs in the first two sessions before India fought back with four wickets in the last session.

Root shared a 124-run partnership with Stokes for the fourth wicket, before forging another 86 with Ollie Pope (34) to put England in a commanding position.

Brief Scores: England 1st innings: 555 for 8 in 180 overs (Joe Root 218, Ben Stokes 82, Dominic Sibley 87; Jasprit Bumrah 2/81, Ishant Sharma 2/52). PTI ATK AH AH