Jonny Bairstow played an outstanding knock on Tuesday to guide his team to a miraculous win against New Zealand. He hit a massive century in the final innings while chasing a huge target of 299 runs at Trent Bridge. He went on to score 136 runs in 92 balls in the final innings.
The right-handed batter completed his century in the 42nd over off the fourth innings. Batting on 99, he hit a punch on the back foot towards the backward point to get three runs. The English man jumped in the air to achieve his brilliant century. It took him just 77 balls to reach the milestone. Notably, this is the second-fastest century for England in the longest format of the game.
In the meantime, Bairstow’s century impressed everyone at the Trent Bridge. The audience present at the stadium gave him a standing ovation and applauded him for his brilliant ton. A video of the same has done rounds on the internet.
Here is the video
A hundred for ages – 43*(48) during Tea on Day 5 and smashed hundred from just 77 balls. Take a bow, Bairstow. pic.twitter.com/0dmOYGseEU
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 14, 2022
As for the match, the hosts had lost four wickets for a score of 139 runs at tea on the final day. The game was evenly poised, and any result was possible. However, Ben Stokes and Bairstow played brilliantly in the final session to ensure they were on the winning side. While Bairstow took on the bowlers, the team skipper supported him well, despite suffering from a niggle in his left knee.
After scoring some quick runs, Bairstow was dismissed by Trent Boult with 27 runs required to win. Stokes was looking to score some big boundaries at this time. In the 50th over, he finished the game with a six and two fours. He stayed unbeaten on 75 runs in 70 balls.
The team scored 160 runs in just 16 overs in the final session. With this victory, England leads the series by 2-0 and thus, have secured the series with one match remaining. The final match of the series will be played at Headingley, starting on the 23rd of June.