Team India is now leading in the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham, owing to a remarkable fightback by Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja on day one of the match. India was 98/5 when Jadeja and Pant put on a 222-run partnership for the sixth wicket. This is the highest sixth-wicket partnership by India against England.
Pant went on to score 146 in 111 balls, with 20 fours and four sixes in his innings. On the other hand, Jadeja scored 104 runs in 194 balls, with 13 boundaries. Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers lauded the duo’s performance in a tweet on Monday. He said that the partnership between the two was one of the best that he had ever seen.
“Haven’t been home and missed most of the Cricket action. Finished watching the highlights now. That counterattack partnership from @RishabhPant17 and @imjadeja is right up there with the best I’ve ever seen in Test Cricket,” de Villiers tweeted.
Here is AB de Villers’ tweet
Haven’t been home and missed most of the Cricket action. Finished watching the highlights now. That counterattack partnership from @RishabhPant17 and @imjadeja is right up there with the best I’ve ever seen in Test Cricket!
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 4, 2022
In the meantime, the duo’s efforts contributed to India’s total of 416 runs. Post that, Jasprit Bumrah made early breakthroughs with the ball to put England in a difficult situation. However, Jonny Bairstow continued his form from the previous series against New Zealand. He scored a brilliant century to England back in the game. He scored 106 runs in 140 balls in England’s effort of 284 runs. India had a lead of 132 runs heading into the next innings.
India then lost a few wickets, but Cheteshwar Pujara (66 runs in 168 balls) and Pant (57 runs in 86 balls) scored half-centuries to put India in a good position. The JAsprit Bumrah-led team has a score of 229/7 at the end of the first session on day four. Their lead has grown to 335 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja (17 runs in 36 balls) and Mohammad Shami (13 runs in 12 balls) are in the middle. The two will look to add some more runs before England takes any more wickets to set a competitive total for them to chase down.