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IND Vs ENG, 4th Test Day 1: Ton-Up Joe Root Takes Visitors Past 300 Despite Akash Deep's Early Blows

They tried Bazball and failed twice, but England eventually found success with good-old Test-style batting. Jolted eary doors by debutant Akash Deep, the visitors mounted a strong fightback, led by middle-order mainstay Joe Root, who cracked a splendid century, to end Day 1 of the fourth Test at 302/7 in Ranchi. Root was unbeaten on 106 and accompanied by a dour Ollie Robinson (31 not out) at stumps. Earlier, Bengal pacer Akash Deep struck thrice in the first hour to mark a dream debut and leave England tottering at 57-3. But Root's rearguard action ensured that Ben Stokes' men lost just two wickets in the last two sessions and ended the day as the happier side.

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India's Akash Deep, right appeals unsuccessfully for the leg before wicket of England's Joe Root on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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India's Mohammed Siraj, center, celebrates the wicket of England's Tom Hartley on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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England's Joe Root celebrates his century on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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England's Joe Root plays a shot on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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England's Ben Foakes plays a shot on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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A spectator watches the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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Spectators watch the match on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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England's Ollie Robinson plays a shot on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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England's Zak Crawley plays a shot on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between England and India in Ranchi.

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