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Till the second session of the fourth day of the Edgbaston Test, the match was in India’s hand, but England finished the match before the end of the first session on the 5th day.
edgbaston test for india (Edgbaston Test) In the heart-breaking defeat at the hands of hosts England. On the 5th and last day, England defeated Jasprit Bumrah-led team India by 7 wickets. With this the series was also drawn 2-2. The Indian team dominated till the first 3 days of the 5th test match. Till the second session of the fourth day, the match was in India’s hands, but what happened after that, the result was seen on Tuesday. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow snatched the victory from India. Seeing this, India’s victory turned into defeat due to 5 reasons.
- The biggest reason for India’s defeat is the failure of the top order. In the first innings, none of Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli and then Shreyas Iyer could make more than 20. Although Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja shared a partnership of 222 runs, India took over in the first innings, but in the second innings the team could not handle it. Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer did not run again in the entire innings. Pujara and Pant had scored half-centuries, but due to the failure of the top order, the team could only score 245 runs in the second innings and the plan to give a target of more than 450 runs was stopped for 378 runs.
- Jasprit Bumrah was captaining for the first time in this match. He had never captained in club cricket before. In such a situation, there was an additional responsibility on him. Which he was trying his best to fulfill, but in the fourth innings he fell alone. He took 2 wickets in the fourth innings, but he did not get the support of any Indian bowler. Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root added runs on the balls of Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur.
- Poor fielding was also a major reason behind India losing the match. India dropped many important catches. In the first innings, the catch of Ben Stokes was missed and in the fourth innings, India dropped the match, not the catch. Hanuma Vihari gave life to Jonny Bairstow, who remained unbeaten on 114. On Siraj’s delivery, Hanuma dropped his catch at slip when he was just on 14 runs. After this, when Bairstow was on 39, his catch was missed by Pant.
- On the fourth day, there was a 150-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow till the stumps. England needed 119 runs. Despite this, the Indian bowlers could not break the pair on the last day. The bowlers’ plan was nowhere to be seen. Even the pair started the day by smashing Mohammed Shami, Siraj’s balls and finished the match before the end of the first session. There was an unbroken 269-run partnership between the two.
- One of the reasons for India’s defeat was the poor shot selection of the Indian batsmen. Virat Kohli got caught on extra bounce. On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer got caught in the short ball’s net. The net for Iyer was woven by English coach Brendon McCullum. He indicated to the bowlers to bowl short and that’s where it happened. Iyer adopted the strategy of playing a shot on this ball and caught James Anderson on the ball of Potts.