Ashok Kumar Bagri 06, Jul 2022

India vs England 5th Test

England thumps India in the 5th Test to tie the series 2-2. And oh boy, what an amazing test match it was!!!

  • England makes an epic comeback to win the 5th test by 7 wickets.
  • It was the highest successful chase in the history of English cricket.
  • Bairstow scores centuries in both innings.

A match that was thoroughly dominated on the first 2 days by India ended on the opposite side, in the favor of the hosts. Bairstow’s blitz once again delivered a win for England as the BazBall era is getting more serious and real.

1st Innings

Batting first India put on a mammoth total of 416 courtesy of a great inning by Risabh Pant, a hundred from Ravindra Jadeja, and a record-breaking cameo from Bumrah.

Jimmy Anderson took a fifer as far as England’s bowling is concerned. Matthew Potts took 2 wickets and Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, and Joe Root each got 1 wicket.

2nd Innings

In response, England was bundled out for 284 giving a 132-run lead to India. Jonny Bairstow was the stand-out performer for England in 1st innings scoring 106 runs on 140 balls.

For India, Mohammed Siraj was the highest wicket-taker picking up 4 wickets. Captain Jasprit Bumrah got 3 crucial scalps and Mohammed Shami also got 2 wickets. Shardul got 1 wicket.

By then, India was in full control of the game and held an advantage over England with a healthy 132 runs 1st innings lead.

3rd Innings

India did not have a great start to their second innings with the loss of Shubman Gill in the first over. Vihari and Kohli also departed cheaply for 11 and 20 respectively. Cheteshwar Pujara scored a well-made 66 and Risabh Pant played another good inning of 57, with contributions from Jadeja and tailenders India managed 245 and were bowled out inside 90 overs.

England captain Ben Stokes was the star with the bowl inflicting 4 crucial dismissals. Broad and Potts struck two wickets each.

 

India gave a target of 378 which was a safe one considering the difficulty to bat in the 4th innings and the quality of the Indian attack.

4th Innings

England had to chase a hefty target. The English openers who were struggling for some time stood up and gave a brilliant start. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley stitched a 107 runs partnership. The partnership brought the game into England’s reach and the momentum shifted towards England.

Bumrah however, got India straight back into the game picking 2 crucial wickets in quick succession. From 107 for 0 England was 109 for 3. Then came at crease Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.

Root and Bairstow partnership

The 269-run unbeaten partnership between England’s two best test batters gave England an easy win over India. The partnership’s feature was a lot of singles early on and on good balls. Root made 142 not out while Bairstow also smashed another century- 114 not out. England finished the game with 378 for 3 on Day 5 before lunch.

INDIA VS ENGLAND 5TH TEST HIGHLIGHTS

1ST INNINGS 

INDIA- 416        ENGLAND-284

(PANT-146)       (BAIRSTOW-106)

2ND INNINGS

INDIA-245          ENGLAND-378/3

(PUJARA-66)     (ROOT-142*)

England won by 7 wickets

This match ebbed and flowed and showcased 5 days of quality cricket. The intriguing test match culminated with England achieving a record chase and levelling the series 2-2. The game swung in the favour of the hosts in the last session of Day 3 when Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root started scoring quickly. The Bazball era is off to some start!!!

Player of the match- Jonny Bairstow

Player of the series- Joe Root

 

What’s Next-

The two cricket powerhouses India and England will now lock horns in T20Is and ODIs. First up are the T20s starting from the 7th of July followed by the ODIs starting from the 12th of July.