Michael Vaughan, former England skipper has lauded England bowlers for their performances in the ongoing Test against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Despite giving away 416 runs in the first innings, the hosts bounced back in the second essay to restrict the Men in Blue to 245 runs and make a game out of the Test match.
Michael Vaughan Asks Not To Underestimate The Way England Are Bowling Out Strong Batting Lineups In The 2nd Innings Consistently
While all the talking has been around England’s batting troops, Michael Vaughan feels the bowlers should deserve praise for putting up a brave fight.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Michael Vaughan wrote: “All the talk about Englands batting is great but don’t underestimate the way they are bowling very strong batting line ups Out in the 2nd innings of the Test consistently to give them these chases .. #ENGvIND.”
While James Anderson failed to make any in-roads after dismissing opener Shubman Gill, captain Ben Stokes stepped up on Day 4 to do the job with the ball. Stuart Broad got the prized wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara before Ben Stokes ran down the lower order, returning with figures of 4/33 in 11.5 overs.
Matthew Potts also chipped in with a couple of wickets, while spinner Jack Leach, who was taken to the cleaners in the first innings, returned with the wicket of Rishabh Pant.
England’s Joe Root And Jonny Bairstow Forges An Unbeaten 150 Run Stand For The 4th Wicket As England Now Need Only 119 Runs More To Level The Series
Chasing 378 runs, England got off to a flying start, adding 107 runs for the first wicket. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley looked assured of their defense and managed to keep the Indian bowlers at bay.
However, there was a brief collapse in England’s batting thereafter, with the hosts losing a few quick wickets. But Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were at it again and revived their team. They nullified India’s bowling and stitched together an unbeaten 150-run partnership to go to stumps on Day 4 at 259/3. Ben Stokes & Co. now need only 119 runs to win the Test match and level the series with a full day of cricket left.
Jonny Bairstow, who scored a blistering hundred in the first innings, is in the scheme of things again, adding an unbeaten 150 with Joe Root. The pair are unbeaten on 72 and 76, respectively. An England victory would deny India their first series win on English soil since 2007.
England’s dream run in fourth-innings chases this summer continued as they got to 259 for 3 in pursuit of 378, a record chase for them if it comes off. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley put together their quickest hundred-run opening stand in Test cricket before Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow repaired a collapse of three wickets for two runs.
However, to have that half-chance at the target England needed the bowlers to do their job, which they did by taking India’s seven standing wickets for an addition of 120 runs to the overnight lead of 257 runs.
England 284 and 259 for 3 (Root 76*, Bairstow 72*) need another 119 runs to beat India 416 and 245 (Pujara 66, Pant 57, Stokes 4-33)
England not only swept the three-match Test series against New Zealand in the previous assignment but also created history. They become the first-ever side in 146 years of Test cricket to chase over 250 three times in a series. The hosts chased down 277 at Lord’s, 299 at Trent Bridge, and 296 at Headingley.