IND vs ENG, 5th Test: England need 119 runs, 7 wickets in hand

150 run stand between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root Things helped turn England’s favor at the end of the final session of the fourth day of the ongoing fifth and final Test against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Monday. At the end of the day’s play, England were 259/3, with Root (76*) and Bairstow (72*) tall. The determination and strokeplay of both the in-form batsmen went unnoticed by the Indians.

England resumed at 107/1 after tea, with openers Alex Lees (56*) and Ollie Pope (0*) remaining unbeaten at the crease. India got an early wicket in the first over after tea as Jasprit Bumrah sent Pope to the pavilion for a three-ball duck when wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant successfully caught the ball which hit the edge of his bat.

In the next over, Lees was run out by the pair of Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja. England lost their third wicket on the score of 109 runs.
Following this, the in-form duo of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow began the chase for their team. Both shared a fifty-run partnership. Root-Bairstow continued to punish the Indian bowlers, suddenly things shifted in England’s favour.

There was a 100-run partnership between Bairstow and Root in 141 balls. The Indian bowlers did not get any reply for the batting of these two as they kept on collecting runs. Both completed their half-centuries and also completed a partnership of 150 runs in 196 balls.

Root-Bairstow ensured that his team exited the final session without any further losses, needing 119 runs to win and level the series.
Earlier before tea, England openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, led by captain Ben Stokes for four wickets, stitched a century partnership after bowling India out for 245 in the second innings as the visitors lined up for the hosts. A target of 378 runs was set.

Resuming the post-lunch session at 229/7 India lost Mohammed Shami on the fourth ball of the tea session as England captain Ben Stokes dismissed him for 13 runs. From there the captain did not look back as he too was dismissed. In the first innings centurion Ravindra Jadeja who cut the ball to his stumps for 23 as the hosts lost their ninth wicket for 236 runs.

In his next over, Stokes dismissed Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah for seven to bowl India out for 245. The hosts set a target of 378 runs to the visitors.

Chasing a big total, England needed a solid start and their openers Alex Lees and Jack Crawley made quick runs. The duo shared a 50-run partnership with the southpaw Lees, who were the attackers of both. Southpaw Liege completed his fifty in just 44 balls. The opening pair of Lees-Crawley went ahead and reduced the target to less than 300.

Indian skipper Jasprit Bumrah tried all the bowlers Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja but failed to break the opening partnership.

Both took the team to triple digits to put pressure on India. When it looked like the game was going away from India, their captain Bumrah clean bowled Zak Crawley for 46 runs. The hosts lost their first wicket for 107 runs and the score remained till the tea session as they needed 271 more runs to win, with nine wickets in hand. ,

India resumed the day at 125/3 with Cheteshwar Pujara (50*) and Rishabh Pant (30*) at the crease. The duo added 28 more runs to their fifty before Pujara was dismissed for 66 by Stuart Broad. This brought Shreyas Iyer to the crease.

Pant continued his good batting, scoring a brilliant 146 in the first innings and scoring a half-century. Iyer also hit Broad and Matty Potts for fours before he was dismissed for 19 by Potts after being caught by James Anderson while attempting to pull at mid-wicket.

Ravindra Jadeja was at number two at the crease. Pant’s innings ended on 57, which was dismissed by spinner Jack Leach after being caught by Joe Root at slips.
Shardul Thakur was at the crease to join Jadeja but fell cheaply for just 4 runs as India lost their seventh wicket for 198.
The duo of Mohammed Shami and Jadeja carried India for the rest of the season without any loss.

Going into lunch, Ravindra Jadeja (17*) and Mohammed Shami (13*) remained unbeaten at the crease for India. India maintained a healthy lead of 361 runs in the match.

Brief Scores: England: 284 & 259/3 (Joe Root 76*, Jonny Bairstow 72*, Jasprit Bumrah 2/53) Need 119 more runs against India: 416 & 245 (Cheteshwar Pujara 66, Rishabh Pant 57, Ben Stokes 4/ 33).