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Rishabh Pant hit his fifth Test century off just 89 deliveries to lead Indias fightback in the rescheduled fifth Test in Birmingham.
The two added 222 runs for the sixth wicket before Pant lost his wicket to Joe Root. Meanwhile, Jadeja remains unbeaten after scoring fifty. Earlier, James Anderson and Matthew Potts had kept India at bay by taking three and two wickets, respectively. England captain Ben Stokes had earlier won the toss and opted to bowl in the rescheduled fifth Test against India at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Friday.
After an early burst from James Anderson and Matty Potts, which saw a half of India’s batting line-up walk back to the dugout inside 100 runs, Pant, alongside Ravindra Jadeja, put a partnership of over a hundred runs to keep India on track.
The overcast condition at Birmingham gave pacers the advantage, however, from the start, Pant came out in a counterattacking fashion, leaving the English bowling attack clueless. The duo was especially punishing against Jack Leach who gave away 29 runs in his first five overs.
Rishabh Pant has slammed his fifth Test ton on the opening day of the ongoing game against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The South Paw’s counterattacking innings have ensured that India is in a brilliant position with Ravindra Jadeja also going strong at the other end. The visitors were in trouble at one stage struggling at 98/5 and it seemed like the England pacers will restrict them to a meager total in the first innings.
But Pant took the attack to the opposition bowlers and batted smartly to lead the team’s comeback. He came out to bat when India lost Hanuma Vihari with only 64 runs on the board and then saw Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer go back to the pavilion with England bossing the proceedings. The youngster took control of the innings and first looked to rotate the strike.