England batter Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow led their team to an emphatic victory at the Edgbaston in the fifth rescheduled Test match against India on Tuesday, July 5. The hosts leveled the five-match Test series 2-2 after winning the fifth Test by seven wickets. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow played some audacious shots during their record partnership. However, Joe Root’s six off Shardul Thakur left everyone amazed.
England got off to a flying start, putting on a century partnership for the first wicket. However, they lost three quick wickets thereafter and were reduced to 109/3. Joe Root got together with the in-form Jonny Bairstow to take on the Indian bowling attack. The duo slammed the Indian bowlers all around the park. Root got to his century in the sixty-seventh over of the innings, with a boundary off Mohammed Siraj.
The former England skipper left everyone in awe with his stunning reverse sweep six in the seventy-second over of the innings. Shardul Thakur bowled a length delivery to Joe Root, who played the premeditated reverse scoop over the slip cordon for a six. The bat was hit so hard by the England batter, that it seemed to have gotten out of shape. Joe Root’s six brought the hosts even closer to a historic chase at the Edgbaston.
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Just a reverse scoop for 6️⃣ off a seamer while we chase a record total 🤯
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 5, 2022
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow’s record partnership leads England to victory
Joe Root stayed unbeaten on 142 runs 173 deliveries, including nineteen boundaries and a six. This was his twenty-eighth century in Test cricket. Root ended the England vs India, 2021-22 Pataudi Trophy. On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow continued his fantastic run in Test cricket. He slammed 114 runs off 173 delivered. His knock included fifteen boundaries and a six.
This was Bairstow’s sixth century this year in Test cricket. The Root-Bairstow partnership resulted in 269 runs for the fourth wicket stand. They helped England set up a new record for the highest score chased down in the fourth innings at the Edgbaston in Birmingham.