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New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 2100 hours: EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of ISL match between Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC in Margao.

STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-CRI-LD IND Milestone man Root hits brilliant ton as England dominate India to reach 263/3 Chennai, Feb 5 (PTI) Skipper Joe Root won the battle of attrition against Indian spinners with a classy century in his 100th Test as England reached a comfortable 263 for three at stumps on the opening day of the first match here on Friday.

SPO-CRI-IND-ROOT We are looking at first innings total of 600-700: Root Chennai, Feb 5 (PTI) Virat Kohli helping his opposite number Joe Root deal with cramps became one of the moments of the opening day but that act of 'good sportsmanship' will not stop the England skipper from cashing on his memorable hundred and chasing a first innings total in the range of 600-700 on day two here. SPO-CRI-IND-LD BUMRAH Saliva ban made it difficult to maintain ball as sweat not effective: Bumrah Chennai, Feb 5 (PTI) The ban on saliva turned out to be a handicap for the bowlers since the sweat was not effective to shine the ball, India pace spearhead Jasprit bumrah said on Friday after England called the shots on the opening day of the series-opener, here.

SPO-CRI-ROOT-MILESTONE Root receives special cap for his 100th Test from Stokes Chennai, Feb 5 (PTI) It was a special moment for England captain Joe Root as he received a cap from team-mate Ben Stokes for featuring in his milestone 100th Test in the first match of the series against India here.

SPO-CRI-IND-AXAR-INJURY Axar out of 1st Test with knee injury; Rahul Chahar, Shahbaz Nadeem included in squad Chennai, Feb 5 (PTI) Spin bowling all-rounder Axar Patel was on Friday ruled out of the first Test against England after complaining of pain in his left knee.

SPO-CRI-IPL-LD AUCTION Root, Starc out; Shakib, Sreesanth among 1097 players who registered for IPL auction Chennai, Feb 5 (PTI) England Test skipper Joe Root and Australian speedstar Mitchell Starc opted out while tainted Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and India's S Sreesanth were among the 1097 players who registered for the much-awaited IPL auction to be held here on February 18.

SPO-CRI-SHASTRI Bio-bubbles are mentally draining, India team must get two-week break after IPL: Shastri Chennai, Feb 5 (PTI) Indian cricketers must get a two-week break after this year's IPL to recover from fatigue since staying in bio-bubbles is 'mentally draining', head coach Ravi Shastri said on Friday.

SPO-CRI-HUSSAIN-ROOT Root has proven he belongs in the same league as Kohli, Williamson and Smith, says Hussain London, Feb 5 (PTI) Joe Root has dispelled any doubts regarding his position in the 'Fab Four' alongside Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Steve Smith by conjuring up three hundreds in consecutive Tests, reckons former England skipper Nasser Hussain.

SPO-CRI-SWANN Swann wants Leach to be 'boring' against India, doesn't expect similar consistency from Bess London, Feb 5 (PTI) Graeme Swann, the architect of England's famous series win in India in 2012, wants left-arm spinner Jack Leach to bowl a 'boring' line and length to be successful in the four Tests against Virat Kohli's team.

SPO-CRI-VAUGHAN India's decision to not play Kuldeep Yadav is ridiculous, says Vaughan London, Feb 5 (PTI) Former skipper Michael Vaughan on Friday slammed India for leaving left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav out of the opening Test against England, calling it a 'ridiculous decision'.

SPO-TENNIS-OPEN-IND Nagal draws Berankis in Australian Open first round clash Melbourne, Feb 5 (PTI) Sumit Nagal was expecting a clash against a top-10 player in his opener but the India tennis player on Friday drew Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis as his first round opponent at the Australian Open here.

SPO-ISL-ODISHA-PREVIEW 'Do-or-die' game for Odisha against mighty Bagan Bambolim, Feb 5 (PTI) Their coach sacked after an unsavoury comment, bottom-placed Odisha FC will look to regroup and get their campaign back on track when they take on ATK Mohun Bagan in a must-win Indian Super League game here on Saturday.

SPO-CRI-STHALEKAR Lisa Sthalekar inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Sydney, Feb 5 (PTI) Former Australia women's cricket team captain Lisa Sthalekar has been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, the country's board (CA) announced on Friday.

SPO-HOCK-WOM-DUNGDUNG After fine show in Chile, jr women's hockey striker Dung Dung aims high for Asia Cup New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Scoring five goals in the tour of Chile was special, says young Indian junior women's hockey striker Beauty Dung Dung, whose aim is to make it to the national team for the Asia Cup later this year. PTI APA APA