England are in complete control of their chase against India in the ongoing rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Chasing a massive target of 378, the hosts started brilliantly with both openers adding 107 to indicate their intention clearly.
The tourists, however, came back with three wickets in quick succession in the form of Zak Crawley (46), Ollie Pope (0) and Alex Lees (56). But the happiness in the Indian camp didn’t last long as former skipper Joe Root and centurion from the first innings Jonny Bairstow came up with a spectacular response and completely took the game away from the tourists.
The experienced pair added 150 runs for the fourth wicket, with both Root (76) and Bairstow (72) finishing unbeaten in the 70s as England managed to score 259 at stumps, only 119 runs behind with an entire day left to be played.
Earlier, India resumed the day at 125/3, but overnight batters Cheteshwar Pujara (66) and Rishabh Pant (57) could only add just 28 more runs before the former was removed by Stuart Broad. The touring party continued to lose wickets, with skipper Ben Stokes (4/33) emerging as the most successful bowler as England restricted India at 245.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Stumps on day four in Edgbaston 🏏
— ICC (@ICC) July 4, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 4, 2022
That's five consecutive scores of 50 or more for Jonny Bairstow. Three of the previous four were centuries and the other was 71 not out that helped England beat New Zealand at Headingley #Cricket #ENGvIND
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) July 4, 2022
Most wickets by Indian pacers in Test series:
32 – Kapil v PAK, 1979-80
29 – Kapil v WI, 1983
28 – Kapil v AUS, 1979
27 – Ghavri v WI, 1978-79
25 – Kapil v AUS, 1991-92
24 – Kapil v PAK, 1982-83
23 – BUMRAH v ENG, 2021-22
22 – Kapil v ENG, 1981-82
22 – Ishant v WI, 2011#ENGvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) July 4, 2022
WinViz at the end of Day 4:
England – 76%
India – 23%
Draw/Tie – 1%#ENGvIND
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 4, 2022
– One day left.
– England needs 119 runs.
– India needs 7 wickets.
A thrilling day awaits at Edgbaston on the 5th day, An incredible England Test summer.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 4, 2022
A brilliant, unconquered 150-run stand between Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root has kept England ahead.#SherSquad, with just 119 more runs to defend, will India be able to take the remaining 7 wickets?#ENGvIND #PunjabKings #SaddaPunjab pic.twitter.com/LoG4JajSER
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) July 4, 2022
🇮🇳🏏 NOT OUR SESSION! Even though we picked up two early wickets in this session, the Root-Bairstow duo have stood their ground.
👊 Let's break this partnership first thing in the morning!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) July 4, 2022
Ghar wale mujhe chain se baandh ke sula rahe hai, Thank you Team India.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) July 4, 2022
England came out all guns blazing and the #TeamIndia bowlers have their task cut out on the final day.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) July 4, 2022