Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow centuries secure a historic victory for England against India in the 5th Test

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow centuries secure a historic victory for England against India in the 5th Test

England stormed home in 76.4 overs at an incredible run rate of 4.93 after Root and Bairstow resumed on 259/3 on the morning of the big day. They and their team sucked all the enthusiasm away from the struggling Indian attack that was not even able to get a hold of the second new ball as England stormed home in 76.4 overs at a phenomenal run rate of 4.93.

As England comfortably beat India by seven wickets in the rearranged fifth Test at Edgbaston, Joe Root, and Jonny Bairstow each recorded centuries as they hauled in a record victory target of 378 to win by seven wickets.

There was a lot on the agenda for Root, as he completed his 28th Test ton (142 not out), continuing to show enviable fluency throughout the day, as his Yorkshire teammate Bairstow (114 not out) scampered a single to add to his century in the first innings. This was the 12th time Bairstow reached 3 figures in his career, with six of those coming in the year 2022, which was a remarkable achievement for the player.

Root and Bairstow’s efforts on the back of the thunderous opening stand between Alex Lees (56) and Zak Crawley (46) on Monday, which saw Lees score 56 runs and Crawley score 46 runs, have finally broken new ground in the 3-0 series win over New Zealand, with Stokes’ side reaching victory targets in excess of 275 for successive games. There was no doubt that this was the highest successful chase in English Test history and the ninth-best of all time.

The situation was similar at Headingley, when England was 83/5 at the end of the first innings, facing a substantial deficit after Bairstow’s century had turned the game around. At 83/5, England was facing a considerable deficit after the third innings.

At the halfway stage of the match, Bairstow scored three figures as if it was an inevitability but England was still 132 runs behind their opponents. After India won the toss and decided to bat, they were able to play them at their own game, and in particular, Rishabh Pant who was superb on the field.

From 98/5 to 416 all out, Pant hit 146 off 111 deliveries as the tourists recovered from 98/5 to 416 all out. Despite Pant’s follow-up 57 in the second innings, India meandered in a more traditional manner with runs on the board in their second innings despite yet another example of Test convention being torn up.

After Stokes claimed 4/33 to dismiss the Indians for 245 on Monday, the door remains open for England, who have boldly declared that they will confidently chase any total they are given. Why would anyone disbelieve Root and Bairstow after all this, and if they are in this form, why would they be able to do so?

England vs. India 5th Test score

Team1st innings2nd innings
England284 (61.3 overs)378/3 (76.4 overs)
India416 (84.5 overs)245 (81.5 overs)

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