India vs England, 5th Test: Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow Power Mad Dash on 378 | Cricket News

As England skipper Ben Stokes When he was fielded on day one and said his side were confident of scoring like they had against New Zealand, there was much criticism and debate as Edgbaston generally favors teams who bat first. But when England hit 259/3 in their 378 chase on day four on Monday, you got the feeling he knew what he was talking about. Hello Bazball!
With the flat pitch and sunshine, the much-vaunted Indian bowling looked toothless save for skipper Jasprit Bumrah Joe root (76-bat, 110 balls, 9×4) and Jonny Bairstow (72-bat, 89 balls, 8×4) played risk-free cricket, adding 150 runs in the post-tea session.
However, India is to blame as it had chances. Hanuma Vihari, oddly placed at the second slip, with shin pads when better fielders in that position like Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer were available dropped the in-form Bairstow against Mohammed Siraj in 14th place when he scored 153 points. India’s shoulders after that chance were simply shaken as Bairstow made sure they got paid with over 900 runs that year.


His great Yorkshire pal, the talismanic Joe Root, put opener Alex Lees’ run out of his mind to produce another masterful inning in which he played late and skillfully tackled Ravindra Jadeja from over the wicket into the rough. The two ran singles and doubles, pushing the ball into the gaps, and when the bad ball came, which often happened, they got boundaries to carve the goal in a hurry.
However, the two men have their opening players to thank for the cushion they provided. 59, 31, 6, 12, 4, 17, 16. These were the opening stands that Lees and Zak Crawley put up that summer before walking out for India after bowling 245. Her modest returns had sparked a meme fest on social media and led to widespread criticism from pundits of her techniques, or lack thereof.
All that went out the window, however, as both Lees, who had a reputation as a shotless wonder in the series against the West Indies in March and April, and Crawley looked carefree for a good chunk of 21 overs. The Indian pacesetters, led by skipper Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur, found no movement in the air or on the surface as England raced towards 107. However, India’s fortunes improved when they got the ball exchanged after numerous unsuccessful attempts.


The Dukes ball, the quality of which has been criticized for the regularity with which it gets out of shape this summer, was changed and India suddenly found a cherry to start kicking around. Bumrah progressed and a brilliant cutter was left by Crawley and landed in his stumps. England took tea at 107 for 1 and at the break India too seemed to be sipping some inspiration as they came out charged.


Bumrah fired Ollie Pope, who was trapped behind the first ball after the break, and set opener Lees caught up in a mix-up with Root and was eliminated. 107 for no loss became 109 for three and play continued. But then Root and Bairstow came together and threw India’s hopes through cold water. Earlier, just as both Cheteshwar Pujara (66) and Rishabh Pant (57), who started the day at 125 for 3, were looking to put India in a position where they couldn’t lose, they got out when they were well positioned were.
Skipper Ben Stokes wiped the stern with three strikes off the tee as India lost their last six wickets in just 55 runs.

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