India vs England, 5th Test: Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow shine as England level India series in record chase

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow both hit hundreds as England carried on their resurgence with a record fourth-innings chase to defeat India by seven wickets in the Covid-delayed fifth Test at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

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Set 378 to win, England completed on 378-3, with former captain Root 142 not out and Bairstow 114 not out his second hundred of — the match after he made 106 in the hosts’ first-innings 284.

 

England won by leveling this five-match series at 2-2.

 

No England side had earlier made more to win in the fourth innings of a Test than 359, when now captain Ben Stokes’ excellent century led them to a thrilling victory over Australia at Headingley three years ago.

 

But that record was overhauled easily after England’s first series under a new leadership duo of Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum had seen them chase down seemingly stiff targets of 277, 299 and 296 during a 3-0 whitewash of Test world champions New Zealand.