IND vs ENG Live Cricket Score 5th Test, Day 1 Edgbaston: India resumed after Lunch and lost two quick wickets of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer in no time as James Anderson and Matthew Potts were back among wickets. Nonetheless, Rishabh Pant combined well with Ravindra Jadeja and shared a 200 plus stand which helped India make a comeback from nowhere. Pant was harsh on Jack Leach, but Jadeja was cautious, picking up boundaries against bad Read More
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And the last ball was defended well off the back foot by Mohammed Shami. And that would be end of day 1. What a comeback from India. At one stage, they were 98/5. Pant and Jadeja then shared a 200 plus stand which probably have now changed the course of the game. IND 338/7
Last over of the day and England have a set an aggressive field here. And Jadeja works it through the leg side…FOUR! IND 333/7
Good spell this from Ben Stokes. Was on the receiving side when Pant and Jadeja put up a show. But Stokes after that wicket of Shardul is looking completely different. IND 329/7
Matthew Potts is back into the attack. The first ball is bowled down the leg side which was helped on its way. But the fielder did well to stop that. IND 327/7
Great over from Ben Stokes. Meanwhile after Pant’s dismissal, all eyes on Ravindra Jadeja. The last session we 150 runs on 25 overs …..T20 effect! All of it courtesy, Rishabh Pant. IND 324/7
Another no ball! This one againt from Ben Stokes which is also his tenth no ball. This is getting frustrating for England and its captain. And this one turned out to be a wicket-taking ball. Sharp bouncer and Thakur edges it. WICKET!
WICKET! And the inevitable just happened. Pant is dismissed just four short of a 150. The man who got him out is Joe Root. Just pushed it wide outside off and Pant edged it straight to slip. He is gone 146, whan a counter-attack. IND 320/6
Not much runs this over despite earlier overs being so expensive. Meanwhile Stokes continues to bowl no balls. So far 30 runs extra by England. And Jadeja leaves that one for a dot. IND 314/5
Ravindra Jadeja continues to add runs to his tally by hitting the loose balls for boundaries. The southpaw has been sensational so far as he added the calmness to the partnership which Pant needed to play his natural attacking game. IND 310/5 in 65 overs
Ravindra Jadeja helped India cross the 300-run mark with a pull over mid-wicket for a boundary. The partnership between the two has also crossed the 200-run mark here. The England captain has gone defensive now with his approach here. IND 304/5 n 64 overs
Joe Root came into the attack and he also faced the wrath of Rishabh Pant’s carnage here. The southpaw smashed him for a magnificent six and followed it up with a boundary on a rare bouncer bowled by the off-spinner. Ben Stokes is almost looking clueless now. IND 299/5 in 63 overs
Rishabh Pant is scoring runs for here as he smashed Jack Leach for a couple of magnificent sixes straight down the ground. Leach has already leaked 71 runs off his 9 overs and Ben Stokes is looking tensed now and he wants the day’s play to get over as soon as possible. IND 286/5 in 61 overs
The frustration continues for the English bowlers as Rishabh Pant is not looking to stop after the century. He is still looking to smash boundaries here and hit one against Jack Leach. While Jadeja continues to bat with the same calmness. IND 258/5 in 59 overs
Ravindra Jadeja is playing the perfect supporting role here to Rishabh Pant. The flamboyant all-rounder hits his fifty and he has been sensational so far. He added calmness to the partnership. The southpaw is looking to smash every loose delivery and not take any risks. IND 251/5 in 58 overs
CENTURY! Outstanding knock from Rishabh Panta and he complete it quite in a fearless fashion with a risky double. He reached the three-digit figure in 89 balls. This is his fourth Test century outside Asia. One his best knocks so far, as he pulled India back on the top when they looked down and out after losing Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer in quick succession. IND 243/5 in 57.1 overs
As expected, Rishabh Pant attacked Jack Leach to collect a couple of boundaries and he is very close to 100 here, his second on English soil. While Jadeja is providing ample support here. IND 241/5 in 57 overs
Stuart Broad has managed to put a brake on the boundary rate. The two southpaws are playing him cautiously as he has got a great track record against the left-handers. Jack Leach might face the wrath in next over. IND 230/5 in 56 overs
Jack Leach returned to the attack and bowled a tidy over as compared to his previous ones. It will be interesting to see his battle against Rishabh Pant who often looks to attack him which he also did earlier today. IND 226/5 in 55 overs
Ben Stokes gave one more over to Matty Potts here and Ravindra Jadeja smashed him for a boundary on the first ball. It’s time to change some strategy from England as Rishabh Pant and Jadeja are looking extremely comfortable in the middle. IND 223/5 in 53 overs
Another over and another outrageous boundary from Rishabh Pant as this time charged down the ground and smashed James Anderson over his head for a boundary on the first ball of the over. It seems like Ben Stokes is shying away to bring Jack Leach into the attack. IND 217/5 in 52 overs
The rain forced early Lunch as India posted 53/2 in 20.1 overs. James Anderson once again turned out to be a big antagonist for the Indian batters as he got the better of openers. Shubman Gill, who started on a positive note with glorious drives, was dismissed on 17. While Cheteshwar Pujara looked solid with his defensive approach but Anderson’s jaffa was too good for him to survive. He scored 13 runs off 46 balls.
England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and opted to bowl first against India on Friday. India have a 2-1 lead in the series and just need to draw this rescheduled contest to clinch the series. However, against England, who are in red-hot form, the tourists have their task cut out and will have to be at their best to prevent them from saving the series. With Rohit Sharma out of this contest, India will have Cheteshwar Pujara opening the innings alongside Shubman Gill.
IND vs ENG 5th Test Match Preview
Last September, India were on the verge of playing the fifth and final Test of the Pataudi Trophy against England in Manchester. But the fears of a Covid-19 outbreak in the visitors’ camp meant that the finale of the series was rescheduled to Edgbaston in Birmingham for July 1-5 in 2022.
If the Manchester Test had gone as planned, India would have been the strong favourites to claim the Pataudi Trophy, having taken a 2-1 lead with famous victories at Lord’s (by 151 runs) and at The Oval (by 157 runs). England, on the other hand, had only a win by an innings and 78 runs at Headingley to show, with Joe Root shouldering the batting as well as captaincy duties.
But as they say, a year changes a lot, especially in the cricketing world. Australia became T20 Men’s World Cup winners, Katey Martin, Mithali Raj, Amy Satterthwaite, Ross Taylor, Kieron Pollard, William Porterfield, Pieter Seelaar and Eoin Morgan are no longer international cricketers, IPL bandwagon saw two new teams enter the fold and one of the newbies win the trophy.
After that series against India was stalled, England plunged to lows in Test cricket, losing the Ashes 4-0 in Australia, losing 1-0 in West Indies. Root and Chris Silverwood stepped down from captain and coach respectively, Ashley Giles and Graham Thorpe moved from being managing director men’s cricket and batting coach respectively.
The new set-up in Ben Stokes as captain, Brendon McCullum as a head coach and Rob Key as managing director of men’s cricket has meant that England are now a completely different Test side, playing a positive and aggressive brand of cricket which many wouldn’t have associated them with.
They recently completed a 3-0 sweep of current World Test Champions New Zealand, marking a daring hat-trick of 250+ scores. Their scoring rate was 4.54, the combined average of batters at three, four and five is 70.46. They are no longer dependent on Root the batter, with Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow stepping up with belligerent knocks.
Only four survivors from the England eleven which played India at The Oval last year will be turning out in Edgbaston — Joe Root (without the captain tag), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow and James Anderson.
For India, there have been a lot of changes too. Virat Kohli is not the captain anymore but his lean patch is still waiting to be broken. Rahul Dravid is the new head coach after Ravi Shastri left the job last year. Paras Mhambrey and Dilip TK are the new bowling and fielding coaches in place of Bharat Arun and R Sridhar.
Rohit Sharma is the new all-format captain, but missed out on Edgbaston Test due to Covid-19. His opening partner, KL Rahul, with whom India got their chief reasons for 2-1 lead, went through a successful surgery in Germany after right groin injury ruled him out of England tour.
With India without their top two highest run scorers from last year, the challenge to gain just their fourth series win in England has just gone up by a huge margin. They might have a new captain in pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who served as the vice-captain during India’s previous Test series, against Sri Lanka at home in March.
On the eve of the match, Bumrah was announced as India’s 36th Test captain, the first time India will have a fast bowling captain since the legendary Kapil Dev in 1987. Co-incidentally, Edgbaston Test will be Bumrah’s first-ever leadership stint in competitive cricket.
There will be a fresh opening pair too with no Rahul and Sharma: Shubman Gill and either of a returning Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal or uncapped second wicketkeeper KS Bharat, who made 70 and 43 in the warm-up game against Leicestershire. With Kohli and Rishabh Pant set to retain their places in eleven, Shreyas Iyer will step into the spot left by injured Ajinkya Rahane at five.
On the bowling front, with the Edgbaston pitch showing a brownish look, expect India to play spin twins together Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja till a sudden change in conditions may force India to revert back to four pacers and one spinner strategy from last year. With Bumrah and Shami certainties in pace attack, expect Mohammed Siraj or Umesh Yadav to be the third pacer and if needed, Shardul Thakur can be the fourth pacer.
Ten months is a long time in the world. England and India have changed a lot, in terms of people at helm and in support staff. England aren’t the meek force anymore; they have transformed into an aggressive, positive playing unit, who currently have the upper hand over an Indian side who will be entering Edgbaston and seeking to win the Pataudi Trophy without their best batters from last year and with a new captain at helm.
England Playing XI: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (captain), Sam Billings (wicketkeeper), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach and James Anderson
India Squad: Jasprit Bumrah (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain) (wicketkeeper), KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna and Mayank Agarwal