England clutches the win against India by seven wickets to level the series by 2-2.
England displayed an impressive record chase of 378 runs. They beat India in a quick time on the final morning of the fifth Test match played at Edgbaston.
England’s Phenomenal Duo
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were invincible on the fifth day. Both of they scored a century each and made England record their highest successful run chase in Test cricket. The chase is also the ninth-largest in the history of the game.
England on the final morning of the fifth Test needed another 119 runs. They left the score line with 259-3 at the end of the play on the fourth day. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow started from where they had left resumed on Joe Root on 76 and Bairstow started with his 72 runs.
They both made sure India had no chance for a comeback as they took England to one of their all-time greatest victories and a memorable day for the English fans as they grabbed the victory by seven wickets.
Root and Bairstow both made an unbeaten partnership of 269 runs and Bairstow managed to score yet another century in the match as he scored 114 and remained not out till the end along with his team-mate Joe Root who scored an unshakable 142 runs.
India fall short
The series that was delayed last summer came to a conclusion. England crushed the hopes of India who were hoping to win the series as the English men draw the series 2-2.
India squandered their chance to register their first series win in England since 2007. India before the series was delayed last summer was in a winning position as they were favorites to win the series.
Momentum was on their side they were 2-1 up in the series with the last test match to be played, unfortunately, delayed due to the Covid outbreak in their backroom staff which made them call off the fifth Test.
This defeat in the fifth Test match means they failed to win the series they have been looking for since 2007.
They lost the match in the worst possible way as they failed to defend one of the largest targets in Test cricket.
India made mistakes and England made most of their chances. Hence England managed to level the series shattering the dream Indian team.
Indian batsmen criticized by Former Coach of India Ravi Shastri
The batsmen were criticized by former coach Ravi Shastri for their defensive strategy.
After day four of play on Monday, Shastri, who was the coach when India lead the series 2-1 last year, said, “They needed to bat two sessions and I think they were defensive, they were nervous today, especially after lunch.”
“They might have grabbed some opportunities even after they lost those wickets. At that point in the game, runs were crucial, and I felt like they simply went into a shell, lost those wickets too soon, and allowed England ample time to bat today.
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