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England beat India after record run chase

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England beat India by seven wickets as they completed a record run chase to win the Covid-delayed fifth Test at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates on Day 5 of the fifth cricket Test match against India at Edgbaston, Birmingham in central England on Tuesday
England’s Jonny Bairstow celebrates on Day 5 of the fifth cricket Test match against India at Edgbaston, Birmingham in central England on Tuesday. Picture: Geoff Caddick, AFP

Birmingham – England beat India by seven wickets as they completed a record run chase to win the Covid-delayed fifth Test at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

England, set 378 to win, finished on 378/3 with Joe Root 142 not out and Jonny Bairstow 114 not out.

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The Yorkshire teammates shared an unbroken stand of 269, with Bairstow the first England batsman since Andrew Strauss against India at Chennai in 2008 to score two hundreds in the same Test after he made 106 in the first innings at Edgbaston.

Victory saw England square the five-match series 2-2.

No England side had previously made more to win in the fourth innings of a Test than their 359-9 against Australia at Headingley three years ago.

This decider should have been played in Manchester last September only to be postponed just hours before the start because of coronavirus concerns within the India camp.

Brief scores

India 1st Innings 416 (R Pant 146, R Jadeja 104; J Anderson 5-60)

England 1st Innings 284 (J Bairstow 106; Mohammed Siraj 4-66, J Bumrah 3-68)

India 2nd Innings 245 (C Pujara 66, R Pant 57; B Stokes 4-33)

England 2nd Innings 378-3 (J Root 142 no, J Bairstow 114 no, A Lees 56)

Result: England won by seven wickets

Series: Five-match series ends level at 2-2

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