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England vs South Africa, 1st Test at Lord's: Joe Root's magnificent 184* leads hosts to 357 for 5 on Day 1

England vs South Africa, 1st Test at Lord's: Joe Root's magnificent 184* leads hosts to 357 for 5 on Day 1

Such was Joe Root's genius that he scored more than 50 per cent of England's score, albeit they had lost the top order within 14 overs for 49 runs.

Updated: July 6, 2017 11:12 PM IST | Edited By: Kaustubh Mayekar

Brad Haddin had dropped Joe Root on a duck, off the second ball he faced, in the first match of the Ashes 2015. All this when England were staring down the barrel at 43 for 3. Root then scored a magnificent 137, and England won the Test by 169 runs. Fast forward to July 2017. Duminy dropped Root on 16, and he remained unbeaten on 184*, leading England to 357 for 5 on Day 1 of the Lord's Test. All this in his maiden Test as England captain and that at an iconic venue such as Lord's. Yes, the winsome Root could not have chosen a bigger occasion.

Such was Root's genius that he scored more than 50 per cent of England's score, albeit they had lost the top order within 14 overs for 49 runs.

Vernon Philander exploited Alastair Cook's early unease. Stationing three slips and a gully, Philander kept making Cook poke outside off. After a persistent encore, Cook edged a back-of-length out-swinger behind the wickets. In his next over, Philander trapped Keaton Jennings leg before. He could have opted for a review, but a brief chat with Gary Ballance denied him any. The replay suggested that Jennings squandered the opportunity, as neither did the ball pitched in line nor would it have hit the stumps.

Ballance painted a couple cover-drives to buy some breathing space, but Morne Morkel sharply snorted one back in from round the wicket to catch him in the crease.

Jonny Bairstow hit two boundaries as well, trying to steady the stuttering ship. However, he become Philander's third scalp as well as third consecutive lbw dismal. The ball would missed the stumps, and Bairstow, like Jennings, decided to opt out for DRS.

The resurgence had to come and it came from Root and his deputy Ben Stokes. The duo added 114 runs for the fifth wicket, riding on some potion of luck.

When Stokes was on 44, Morkel castled with an absolute peach of a delivery off a no-ball. He attained a unique feat: this was his 13th wicket off a no-ball, the most by any player.

There was another comedy of errors. The scorers miscalculated Stokes' tally of runs, making him raise his bat when he was already one run short of 50.

England added 100 runs in the second session, without losing a wicket.

Kagiso Rabada, who has remarkably filled Dale Steyn's shoes, was in search of a wicket. The ball had aged and the wicket had lost the thin film of grass. Rabada had to rely on his extra pace instead and he did so with a bouncer to Stokes. It looked like a soft dismissal, but the pace had taken the edge before Stokes could complete his shot.

In came Moeen Ali and continued what Stokes had set and even further. He scored his 1oth fifty, adding 167 runs for the sixth wicket with his captain.

Things continued being eventful towards the end as well. This time the culprit was Keshav Maharaj.

Root shimmied down to reach 150 with a glory shot. In the pursuit, he missed it completely and Quinton de Kock stumped him. As he walked off the field dejected, the umpires asked him to stay back. By now you must have got the gist. The replay showed that Maharaj, quite spectacularly as Morkel, overstepped. Root took the crease with a wry smile on his face and reached 150 off the next ball.

Such was the Day 1 of the first Test between England and South Africa, at Lord's, amidst spectators such as Sourav Ganguly, Kevin Pietersen, and James Taylor.

Brief scores

England 182 for 4 (Joe Root, Moeen Ali, ; Vernon Philander 3 for 28) vs South Africa.

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