Match Report:


Root, Bairstow complete remarkable record chase

England have cruised to a seven-wicket win over India to complete their highest ever Test chase, and the ninth highest in history

England rode unbeaten hundreds by Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow to pull off their highest successful Test chase, coasting to a series-levelling seven-wicket victory in the rearranged fifth match against India at Edgbaston.

Chasing 378 for victory, England went into the final day needing 119 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Root went on to smash a masterly 142 not out, his 28th Test century, forging a mammoth 269-run partnership for the unbroken fourth wicket with Bairstow.

Root's elegant hundred was studded with 19 boundaries and a six.

Bairstow's unbeaten 114 was his second hundred of the match - and his fourth in five innings - as England triumphed with two sessions to spare.

England's previous highest successful run chase came in 2019 when they reached a 359-run target in an Ashes Test against Australia on the back of Ben Stokes's brilliant unbeaten century.

Image Id: FEF820CE85EE461FA6DC8EEA52B2355C Image Caption: Jonny Bairstow celebrates his second century of the match // Getty

Root and Bairstow showed the kind of sustained aggression which is quickly becoming the hallmark of this England Test team since Brendon McCullum took over as the head coach and Stokes assumed the captaincy.

Root, however, also hailed the efforts of openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, who put on 107 for the first wicket to lay the foundations for the win.

"So much credit has to go to the two lads at the top," said Root. "The way they set the platform, the way they shifted pressure straight back on to India and smashed that new ball around on a wicket that was doing a bit was incredible batting.

"It really made the work that we had to do after that a lot easier, and they deserve a huge amount of credit because it was a sublime partnership, it really was, against a world-class attack."

The five-match series against India could not be completed last year following COVID-19 cases in the India camp ahead of the final match at Old Trafford.

Highest Test run chases

7-418 West Indies vs Australia, St. John's, 2003

4-414 South Africa vs Australia, Perth, 2008

4-406 India vs West Indies, Port of Spain, 1976

3-404 Australia vs England, Leeds, 1948

7-395 West Indies vs Bangladesh, Chattogram, 2021

6-391 Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, Colombo, 2017

4-387 India vs England, Chennai, 2008

3-382 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Pallekele, 2015

3-378 England vs India, Birmingham, 2022