“A Shock For Indian Team,” declares Ajit Agarkar during the India vs England test at Edgbaston.
In the fifth Test, which was rescheduled, England defeated India by easily chasing down a record target of 378 at Edgbaston.
In the fifth and final match of the rescheduled Test series, England defeated India by seven wickets on Sunday, recording their highest-ever successful chase in the fourth innings of a Test match. The game at Edgbaston, Birmingham, featured an incredible comeback from the home team as they prevailed after giving India a 132-run lead in the first innings. England needed to score 378 runs in the game’s last innings, which they easily accomplished thanks to undefeated centuries from Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.
The hosts needed just 76.4 overs to get home. In the final innings, they scored over five runs each over. Bairstow scored 114 not out compared to Root’s undefeated 142. Both innings followed the opening wicket partnership of 107 runs between Alex Lees (56) and Zak Crawley (46), which took just 21.4 overs. The partnership of Root and Bairstow, on the other hand, amassed an unbroken 269 runs for the fourth wicket in 52.3 overs.
Former India cricketer Ajit Agarkar claimed that the team should have made things difficult for England although acknowledging that nothing could be done once players like Bairstow and Root get going. He continued by saying that the Indian team will be shocked by such a defeat.
Ajit Agarkar said in the post-match broadcast on SonyLIV, “It’s not a disgrace when there are two people who have confidence and are quality players… (but) it’s the manner in which India has lost this game.”
“They undoubtedly had to push England to work much harder. It must be shocking for the Indian team to obtain it as quickly as England did “Added he.
Notably, England’s 378-run chase is also the highest successful chase by any side in a Test match against India.
With its historic victory on Sunday, England tied India in their five-match series.
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