ENG vs IND: Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow Centuries Guide England To Record Chase At Edgbaston
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root Script Historical Win For England (Image source: Twitter)

Joe Root slammed his 11th Test century since 2021 while Jonny Bairstow hit his second of the rescheduled Edgbaston Test as England defeated India by seven wickets on day five of the match.

Resuming from 259/3, Root (142 not out off 173 balls) and Bairstow (114 not out off 145 balls) achieved the required 119 runs in an hour and a half to tie the series being played for the Pataudi Trophy 2-2 and deny India their first series victory in England since 2007. The successful chase of 378 is also the highest they have chased ever in Test cricket.

India dominated the game for the first three days, but England bounced back on the fourth day to stun the visitors. At one stage, India were looking good to set a total beyond the reach of England, but the England bowlers restricted them to 245 in the second innings, way less than India would have wanted. The openers then came out with all guns blazing and added a century stand in just 20 overs. England lost the plot and lost three wickets quickly but Bairstow and Root ensured that England keep the momentum going. Both looked fairly comfortable against the Indian bowling and whacked them to all corners of the park. At the end of Day 4, England were in the driver’s seat with just 119 needed for a win.

England showed great fighting sprit in the match. England were reeling at 88-5 in response to India’s massive first inning score of 416. However, the team didn’t give up and fought hard, with Bairstow scoring a century and taking England to 284. Post that England kept on strengthening their position in the game and eventually ended up on the winning side. This was England’s fourth consecutive win, having beaten New Zealand 3-0 ahead of this game.

(Source: IANS)