The fifth and last Test match of the series between India and England, which is part of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle, was played at the Edgbaston, Birmingham from Friday, July 1.
Jasprit Bumrah, who replaced Covid-19 positive Rohit Sharma as captain in the match, lost his maiden assignment as India captain by 7 wickets against Ben Stokes-led side.
Also, England registered both their highest-ever Test run-chase and highest fourth-innings run-chase at Edgbaston. The five-match Test series ended in a 2-2 draw.
The Day 1 of the Test match was an amazing day of Test cricket. England were off to a good start in the match and they managed to pick 5 wickets for just 98 runs.
After that came Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja’s batting masterclass and they helped India make a stellar comeback. Pant batted with his natural swashbuckling style and smashed an 89-ball century.
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman was dismissed by Joe Root in the 67th over and he scored 146 runs off 111 balls, including 19 fours and 4 sixes. Jadeja also batted brilliantly and scored unbeaten 83 runs to help India post 338/7 on the board.
On Day 2, Jadeja smashed his third century in Test cricket and scored 104 runs off 194 balls, including 13 fours, before being dismissed by Anderson. After that, Jasprit Bumrah played a cameo knock of 31 runs off 16 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes.
Notably, Bumrah destroyed veteran pacer Stuart Broad in the 84th over and the pacer leaked 35 runs, which is the most expensive over in the history of Test cricket. Also, India were bundled out for 416 and Anderson was the most successful bowler from England as he picked a 5-wicket haul.
The England batters struggled against the Indian pace battery in their first innings. At stumps on Day 2, England were at 84/5, courtesy of Bumrah’s 3-wicket haul. Also, Shami and Siraj bagged one wicket each.
On Day 3, explosive batter Jonny Bairstow smashed his third consecutive Test century, but other English batters failed and England were bundled out for 284.
India, in their second innings, lost the wickets of Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli on Day 3. At stumps, Cheteshwar Pujara (50) and Rishabh Pant (30) were unbeaten and India were at 125/3. Also, India were leading by 257 runs.
On Day 4, Pujara was able to score 66 runs off 168 deliveries, before being dismissed by Stuart Broad. Shreyas Iyer was once again cleaned up by a short ball for 19. Also, Pant completed his half-century and Jadeja played a decent knock. India were bundled out for 245 and England got the target of 378 runs to chase.
Chasing the target, England openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley were off to a flying start. At stumps, England were at 259/3 with Bairstow and Root in dominant form and England needing 119 runs to win.
On Day 5, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root started off dominantly and both the players looked comfortable out in the middle against the Indian pace attack.
Both Root and Bairstow smashed remarkable centuries and added 269 runs together to help England complete the historic run-chase in a dominant fashion.
Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table After England vs India 5th Test:
Before the 5th rescheduled Test, India were at the third position on the points table with 58.33 percentage points and England were at the seventh spot with 28.89 percentage points.
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