Debts will be paid, Rivalries will be renewed when India meets perennial rivals England. Both the teams will meet in Edgbaston on the 1st of July to play the fifth and final Test of India’s Tour of England. India toured England in the summer of 2021, but had to postpone the fifth Test due to rain. Afterwards, it was postponed further due to a busy summer schedule of the home side. That rescheduled match is finally set to take place now.
The chain of results is two in favor of India, one for England and the other Test ended in draw. The final Test will have a significant impact on the series. A draw will do for India, whereas home side needs a win at any costs. Stay Tuned with The Sportsway to see the live updates!
England won the toss and opt to FIELD!
Day 2, Session 2:
Zak Crawley and Alex Lees took the guard against a threatening Indian attack. England attempted to start off serenely, but were struck by Indian captain in the very 3rd over. Jasprit Bumrah bowled a length ball to break past Alex Lees’ defense and draws the first blood. Soon after that, umpires schedule an early lunch, due to troubling rains.
Day 2, Session 1:
Rain stopped just 30 minutes before the day was scheduled to start. India had a stronghold in yesterday’s game but today is a different day. For India the equation is simple. Hold one end and let Ravindra Jadeja do his work.
A cautious start from Indian batsmen indicated their determination and desire to fight. Ravindra Jadeja was staging the base for India’s second wave of counter-attack. The royal left-hander wasn’t deprived of his immaculate concentration even after a long break. Shami on the other hand, did the typical tail-ender stuff, by rotating the strike. Soon enough India regained their stability which let the pair to put forward a bold offense. Reaching his century in style, the Royal Rajput celebrated with his sword-dance. Jadeja once again proved that he deserved the moniker ‘Sir’.
Shami and Jadeja continued to upstage a threatening partnership until the veteran Stuart Broad took him off. Couple of overs later, his partner and the great Jimmy Anderson took out the last thorn in English skin by check-mating Jadeja. The scoreboard now read 377/9. England were confident of keeping it under 400 now, or so they thought.
What struck them next was something unexpected. Jasprit Bumrah, now had two things he can share with the great Kapil Dev. The evident one was both were India’s only fast-bowling captains. The other one, however, was that both can whip up an opposition when in mood, both with bat and ball. Perhaps inspired by Rishabh Pant and Jadeja heroics, Jasprit Bumrah smashed Stuart Broad for 35 runs in an over! The English pacer might had a trauma resurfacing, as Bumrah’s antics might have reminded him of a certain Yuvraj Singh. Fifteen years ago, Yuvraj smashed Stuart Broad for a historic six 6’s, after a face-off with Andrew Flintoff.
Anderson, however, cleaned up his comrade’s mess to gather another 5-fer in his illustrious career. India ended their innings with 416 in 84.5 overs. England has a massive task to overtake India’s daunting total. They will certainly hope that Joe Root sticks around for a while.
Day 1, Session 3:
With the rain gods still in the mood to ruin the match, the play begins. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja carried on their onslaught, from where they left it. Pant has stepped up the gas and was on full throttle. He has been going after the likes of Matty Potts and Jack Leach. Even the veteran Anderson wasn’t spared from the Pant-o-technics. Pant goes on to add another overseas ton to his relatively short career. Ravindra Jadeja happily playing as a second fiddle to the dashing stroke-maker, reaches the half-century mark. Jack Leach is taken to cleaners by the southpaw, leaking 22 runs in the over.
Ben Stokes at his wits end, hands the ball to his predecessor and part-time spinner Joe Root. The English batting main-stay repays his captain’s trust by returning with the scalp of the much dreaded Pant. Ben Stokes takes out Shardul Thakur, before the latter had a chance to bite. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja join hands to let India finish the day with no further casualties.
An exciting day of Test Cricket comes to an end. If this was the first day, we are in for a spectacle folks. The day ends with India at 338/7 in 73 overs. Mohammed Shami is yet to score a run in his 11-ball-stay. Ravindra Jadeja (83* off 163) remains India’s last hope for a 400+ score.
Day 1, Session 2:
The rain gods relented, but not the English pace merchants. Virat Kohli (11 off 19) did not turn up with the bat yet again, while Hanuma Vihari’s laborious 20 off 53 was put in the ground by Matthew ‘Matty’ Potts, who has turned out to be quite the find for England. Kohli was castled by Matty, as he tried to leave an in-swinger outside off, while Vihari was trapped plumb in front. Shreyas Iyer (15 off 11) tried to take the T20 approach but got out like he does in t2os: awkwardly jabbing at a short ball, and failing to keep it down, only to see it sail into the hands of the fielder.
India looked down and out at 98/5, but the session had a twist in it. Dashing wicketkeeper-bat Rishabh Pant (53* off 52) and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (32* off 65) propelled the visitors to 174/5 at Tea, with some entertaining counter-attacking shots. While the aggressive approach might help India bail themselves out quickly, it also allows more opportunities for the ever-probing England side. Anything above 250 will be a massive confidence for India for hereon, and over 300 runs would mean the game is well and truly on.
Day 1, Session 1:
Overcast skies and a slightly errant pair of England pacers greeted the new opening pair of Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara as they strutted out to take guard here at Edgbaston against England, after the hosts won the toss, in the one-off fifth Test of the ongoing series. Aging warhorses Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad were initially a little off their radar, and were carted around by the stylish Gill (17 off 24) for four boundaries.
A few overs in, however, and Anderson hit his stride, removing Gill with him trying to awkwardly follow a ball moving away from him, edging one behind in the process. Later he bagged the otherwise solid Pujara (13 off 46) with a peach of a delivery, which shaped away after landing, carried with an awkward bounce, and could only be fended away by the batsman to the slip cordon.
The first session ended abruptly, as the skies opened up in the 21st over. India wobbly at 53/2 with Virat Kohli (1*) and Hanuma Vihari (14*) batting it out.