Root and Sibley reach England for 140 runs for two wickets

Chennai, Feb 5 (PTI) Captain Joe Root and opener Dominic Sibley put England to 140 for two on tea on Friday, the first day of the first cricket Test against India. Captain Joe, playing his hundredth Test, was playing Route 45 and opener Dominic Sibley scored 53. Both have added 77 runs in the third wicket partnership. While Sibley did a complete display of restraint in his innings, Root made some attractive shots. Fast bowlers Ishant Sharma, Jaspreet Bumrah and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar made every effort but could not get them out. Earlier, openers Rory Burns and Sibley gave England a strong start by adding 63 runs for the first wicket. The two were headed for a big partnership but Burns lost his wicket in the course of playing the non-essential reverse sweep shot off Ashwin. His easy catch was taken by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. New batsman Dan Lawrence was lbw to Bumrah. Indian captain Virat Kohli handed the ball to Ashwin in the eighth over itself. The openers Sibley and Burns played well in the first hour. Ishant and Bumrah, playing the first Test in India, played sensibly and did not let India get early success early. Earlier, England captain Joe Root won the toss and decided to bat. Sri Lanka tour Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer and Rory Burns have returned to the team. Virat Kohli has returned to the team after paternity leave.