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5th test: England completes record run-chase to beat India, series ends in draw

By Shgun S -- July 05, 2022 7:37 pm -- Updated:July 05, 2022 7:37 pm

Edgbaston (UK), July 5: England made their most successful run chase ever in the longest format of the game with a seven-wicket win against India in the fifth and final Test of the series at Edgbaston in Birmingham, credited to a 269-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.

England has now levelled the series at 2-2, denying India its first series victory on English soil since 2007. They also completed Edgbaston's most successful run chase.

India has also suffered their first Test defeat while defending a score of 350 or more runs.

England began the last day at 259/3, led by Joe Root (76*) and Jonny Bairstow (72*).

The duo's strokeplay and dedication remained consistent on the last day, as they proceeded to hammer the Indian bowlers from the start. They finished their 200- and 250-run partnerships without breaking a sweat. Bairstow and Root continued their hot streaks with the bat, each earning their 12th and 28th Test tons. In the 78th over of the game, Root hit Jadeja for the winning single.

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England ended with a total of 378/3, with Root (142*) and Bairstow (114*) leading the way.

The previous three times England chased a target of over 250 in the fourth innings were against New Zealand in their 3-0 home Test series win last month (277, 299, 296).

England resumed the day at 259 for 3 and scored the needed 119 runs in 19.4 overs.

Root's 173-ball innings featured 19 fours and one six, while Bairstow's 145-ball innings featured 15 boundaries and one over the ropes.

The Indian bowlers toiled all morning without success, with Captain Jasprit Bumrah (2/74) the only Indian bowler to take a wicket in England's second innings. He finished the game with five wickets. In England's first innings, Mohammed Siraj had four wickets.

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-PTC News

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