ENG vs IND: Turning point was when India lost their final six wickets within 55 runs in second innings, says former player Deep Dasgupta
ENG vs IND: The fifth and final Test between India and England at Edgbaston, according to former Indian wicketkeeper-batter Deep Dasgupta, was turned around by India losing their final six wickets within 55 runs in the second innings.
England made history by completing their biggest successful run chase in the longest format of the game with a seven-wicket victory over India in the fifth and final Test of the series at Edgbaston in Birmingham, thanks in large part to a 269-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow. The 378-run aim set by India successfully attained by them. This victory came after India made 416 in their first innings before England bowled out for 284 in their first innings, behind by 132 runs. India was bowled out for 245 in the third innings of the game, giving England a winning target of 378.
With this, England has tied the series 2-2, preventing India from winning a series on English soil for the first time since 2007. Additionally, they have finished Edgbaston’s most successful run chase. Additionally, India suffered their first Test defeat when defending a score of at least 350.
“We dominated the match for the first three days and then from day four onwards. We could not bat well in our second innings and could not bowl well in England’s second innings. The turning point for me was when India lost their final six wickets within 55 runs in their second innings. We could have batted more carefully and could have scored more runs. An increase of 100 runs would have increased the total. And reduced the overs for final innings,” Dasgupta said to ANI.
“The way Alex Lees started off in the final innings, Indian bowlers could not recover from it. A lot of runs leaked in the early overs. Of course, the way Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow batted, their approach and mindset played a role too. The pitch did not find offer bounce on the fourth and fifth day. Especially the fifth, the way we expected it to,” he added.
Coming to the match, England got things going at 259/3 on the last day. With to Joe Root (76*) and Jonny Bairstow (72*).
On the last day, the pair proceeded to attack the Indian bowlers. From the get-go with their same strokeplay and tenacity. They managed to run together for 200 runs and 250 runs without tiring. Root and Bairstow extended their hot streak with the bat, each earning their 12th and 28th Test tonnes. In the 78th over of the match, Root struck Jadeja for the decisive single.