Twitter Reacts As Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow Spearhead Chase To Level Series Against India With Edgbaston Win
Twitter Reacts As Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow Spearhead Chase To Level Series Against India With Edgbaston Win

England batters Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow played masterful knocks in the fourth innings of the Edgbaston Test to guide their side to a thumping win over India on Tuesday.

Set a target of 378, Alex Lees and Zak Crawley put on 107 runs for the opening partnership. It was the perfect platform but unfortunately, the hosts lost 3 wickets in quick succession.

Reduced to 110/3 out of nowhere, the onus was on England’s best batters, Root and Bairstow to take the innings forward in the steep run chase. The duo did exactly the same with a positive approach, as has become the norm.

Alex Lees, India, England
Alex Lees PC- Twitter

The two Yorkshiremen kept the scoreboard ticking at ease, picking gaps for fun and laying into India’s change bowlers, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur.

Once the duo was settled, there was no stopping them and they comfortably brought up their respective centuries on Day 5. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, no other bowlers were effective and the series win levels the scoreline 2-2.

Earlier, the first three days were dominated by India. After being reduced to 98/5 in the first innings, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja stitched a 222-run partnership which helped India post 416 on the board.

Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow. PC-Getty
Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow. PC-Getty

In response, the Englishmen were bundled out for 284 with Bairstow top-scoring with his 11th Test century. The lead of 132 runs was massive but India became complacent in the third innings, throwing away wickets cheaply.

In the end, Ben Stokes‘ 4-wicket haul ensured the visitors collapsed to 245, leaving England to chase down 378. They comfortably aced the run chase and with that, India’s hopes of a series win since 2007 went up in smoke.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to England’s thumping win over India:

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