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IND Vs ENG 5th Test Match Report Today: The Indian team had lost five wickets for just 98 runs, after which the pair of Pant and Jadeja got frozen at the crease.
The England cricket team, which washed New Zealand in the three-match series on the basis of their counter-attacking batting, has had to taste this medicine itself. At the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham, Indian cricket team’s star wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant scored a tremendous century while beating his favorite team England in his familiar style. On the back of Pant’s century and his memorable partnership with Ravindra Jadeja, India made 338 runs for the loss of 7 wickets, recovering from a crunch on the first day of the Birmingham Test. Apart from Pant’s century, Jadeja also played a belligerent innings and scored a half-century. He returned unbeaten on 83.
The Indian team, which is hoping to win the first Test series in England since 2007, is leading 2-1 in the current series and after almost 10 months, took the field for the last match of the series. Caretaker captain Jasprit Bumrah did not get success in the toss and England took advantage of it. India had to bat first and within an hour of the second session, the team had lost the top five wickets for just 98 runs. James Anderson took three wickets and Matthew Potts had put India in trouble with two wickets, from where Pant and Jadeja brought the team to the rescue.
Another record-breaking century for Pant
Pant had completed his fifty in just 51 balls by the end of the second session, while Jadeja was also frozen. Both took India to 174 runs in the second session. When the sun rose in the third session, the batting also looked easy and Pant made it even easier in his own special style. The Indian batsman batted vigorously in the third session and completed his brilliant century by scoring 50 runs within the first hour. Pant scored his fifth and second Test century in England (third overall against England) in just 89 balls. This is the fastest century by any Indian wicketkeeper in Tests.
Jadeja-Pant’s memorable partnership
Soon after Pant’s century, Jadeja also took his solid innings to a point and completed the half-century. Both took the team beyond 250. After this Pant started batting even more explosively. Apart from Matthew Potts and Ben Stokes, he also targeted spinner Jack Leach and took 22 runs in an over including two sixes-1 fours. In the end, Joe Root ended the life of Pant’s innings. He was dismissed for 146 runs in just 111 balls with the help of 19 fours and 4 sixes. He shared 222 runs in just 230 balls for the sixth wicket with Jadeja, which is India’s new record against England.
Top order fails in front of Anderson-Potts
Earlier for England , their most successful fast bowler James Anderson created pressure in a rain – restricted morning session , as the visitors lost two wickets for 53 runs by lunch . Lunch break had to be taken 20 minutes earlier due to rain. Anderson gave England success by getting openers Shubman Gill (17 off 24 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara (13 off 46 balls) at second slip at the hands of Jacques Crowley. If Crowley had caught Vihari off Matthew Potts, India would have got three wickets.
Due to rain, the second session was delayed by an hour. While James Anderson dominated the morning, Matthew Potts took the precious wicket of Virat Kohli (11) running in poor form. He also sent Hanuma Vihari (20) to the pavilion. Vihari was dismissed LBW by Potts. In the next over, he sent Kohli to the pavilion. Shreyas Iyer, playing his first Test outside India, started off aggressively hitting Potts for three fours but was dismissed for 15 off 11 balls. Anderson bowled him a short ball and Sam Billings took his catch with one hand by putting a great dive.
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