New Delhi: England beat India by 7 wickets at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday in the rescheduled fifth Test to level the series following a historic run chase by the hosts.
On the fifth and final day Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow gave England a really quick start as the hosts resumed their innings at the score of 259 for 3.
Earlier on Day 4, England were given a target of 378 to win the fifth Test after India were dismissed for 245 in their second innings shortly after lunch.
Both Root and Bairstow scored majestic centuries as England accomplished their highest-ever successful run chase in a Test.
With England’s win, the five-match Test series, which was derailed due to COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp last year, ended in 2-2 draw.
This was the fourth time England chased down a target of over 250 in the fourth innings. Earlier three were against New Zealand — 277, 299, 296 — in their 3-0 home Test series win in June.
Resuming the day at 259 for 3, England hit the required 119 runs in 19.4 overs.
Root’s 173-ball innings was decorated with 19 fours and one six while Bairstow struck 15 boundaries and hit once over the ropes in his 145 ball innings. It was Bairstow’s second ton of the match as he had made 106 off 140 balls in the England first innings.
The Indian bowlers toiled the whole of the morning session without success, Captain Jasprit Bumrah (2/74) was the only Indian bowler to take wicket in the England second innings. He ended the match with five wickets. Mohammed Siraj had taken four wickets in the England first innings.
England: 284 & 378/3 in 76.4 overs (Joe Root 142 not out, Jonny Bairstow 114 not out, Alex Lees 56; Jasprit Bumrah 2/74) beat India 416 & 245 by seven wickets.
(With PTI inputs)