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Patna : Opting to bat after winning the toss, England were 67/2 in 27 overs at lunch on Day 1 in their first innings in 1st test against India at M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, Tamilnadu, on February 5, 2021, with captain Joe Root unbeaten on 4 and opener Dominic Sibley batting on 26 in 96 balls with 3 fours.

Opener Rory Burns fell to spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for 33 in 60 balls with 2 fours making it 63/1. Daniel Lawrence fell to fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for zero and it was 63/2. Burns and Sibley added 63 runs for the first wicket.

India have included 3 spinners : Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar, and Shahbaz Nadeem, in the team for 1st test. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have also returned to the side.  For England, opener Rory Burns, Ollie Pope,  and all-rounder Ben Stokes have returned to side.