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Root’s England thrash India by 227 runs in first Test

Jack Leach celebrates a dismissal
Jack Leach celebrates a dismissal

Chennai, Tuesday: Joe Root led England to an emphatic 227-run win over India in the opening Test on Tuesday, taking the upper hand in their bid for a rare series victory against the hosts on their patch.

Spinner Jack Leach claimed four wickets and paceman James Anderson took three -- two of them in a majestic over -- as India were dismissed for 192 on the final day while chasing a record 420 to win in Chennai.

"It is a very good victory but in the scheme of the series, it is just the start," said Root. The England captain predicted that India would "hit back hard" after defeat.

But in the opener, he outfoxed India, who were on a high after their sensational series triumph in Australia last month, with his bat and his tactics.

Root became the first batsman to score a double century in his 100th Test as his 218 guided England to 578 in the first innings. He was also the top scorer with 40 in the second innings of 178.

Root acknowledged that it had been a "crucial toss" to win and then go in to make the big first innings.

"But from that point we had to follow through and make the most of a very good wicket. We did that very well and posted a good score," he said.

"To take 20 wickets in very alien conditions, to our bowlers is huge credit."

India were hanging on to the chase after Leach struck early with the wicket of overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for 15, and Anderson using his reverse swing on the wearing pitch. AFP