The cricket world has watched on in utter disbelief as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root helped England easily stroll to their biggest ever run chase to level a dramatic series against India.
England needed to record their biggest ever run chase after India set 378 at Edgbaston in the second innings and a breathtaking Day 4 from Root and Bairstow had them as favourites leading into the final sessions.
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And the in-form duo didn't falter on Day 5 as they secured the total without losing a wicket to send the 25,000 strong crowd into raptures.
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 as England triumphed with two sessions to spare.
Bairstow picked up the man-of-the-match honours after scoring more than 200 runs across his two innings.
This marked England's biggest ever run chase.
The cricket world was once again quick to praise England's stunning run-chase, which has been common practice since Ben Stokes took over as captain and Brendan McCullum as the coach.
Utterly superb victory for @englandcricket. Love this wonderfully positive approach. Great for the game.
— Gary Lineker 💙💛 (@GaryLineker) July 5, 2022
And so end 2 months of England test cricket of a brilliance, belief, positivity, talent, will and quality such as we have never seen before in our lives: in-CRED-ible - thank you @benstokes38 and the whole England team. You’ve made this old fool VERY happy
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) July 5, 2022
England's highest-ever successful Test run chase ✅
Ninth-highest successful run chase in men's Test history ✅
England reach their target of 378 to beat India at Edgbaston!
The golden summer for this new era of English Test cricket continues 🙌 pic.twitter.com/j71jusB9Pu
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) July 5, 2022
In 145 years of Test cricket, there have been 57 successful chases of over 275.
England have just nailed four in a row.
— Geoff Lemon Sport (@GeoffLemonSport) July 5, 2022
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 5, 2022
If England successfully complete this chase, it'll rank amongst their greatest ever performances in Test Cricket.
I feel like I've said that sentence a lot lately... #ENGvIND
— Aatif Nawaz (@AatifNawaz) July 5, 2022
Crazy and unbelievable cricket from England. The first team in Test history to chase 250+ targets in four consecutive matches. 277, 296, 299 against New Zealand and now 378 against India. #BazBall
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 5, 2022
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 5, 2022
India might have set the trend of playing bold & courageous cricket in Australia last year but what England are doing currently is rewriting the essence of Test cricket and how it should be played. Real exciting times ahead #EngvInd
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) July 5, 2022
Jonny Bairstow heroics floors England
Both Bairstow and Root have enjoyed phenomenal summers under the guidance of new captain Stokes and coach McCullum.
In particular, since his return to Test cricket at the end of the Ashes against Australia, Bairstow has been in devastating form.
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."
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.
Special win by England to level the series.
Joe Root & Jonny Bairstow have been in sublime form and made batting look very easy.
Congratulations to England on a convincing victory. @Bazmccullum #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/PKAdWVLGJo
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 5, 2022
Bairstow in first 79 Tests: 6 Hundreds.
Bairstow in last 8 Tests: 6 Hundreds.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 5, 2022
Jonny Bairstow's last five innings: 136 (92), 162 (157), 71* (44), 106 (140), 114* (145)
589 runs from 578 balls at an average of 196
— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) July 5, 2022
"We are trying to rewrite how Test cricket is being played, in England in particular," captain Stokes said of their new aggressive approach.
"We know that we want to give new life to Test cricket, and the support that we've had has been incredible. We are bringing a new set of fans to Test cricket. We want to leave a mark."
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