Birmingham Test: India slip to new low as bowlers fail to defend 377 against aggressive England

Written by Vishwas Gupta

India slipped to a new low on Tuesday, as they failed to defend a mammoth total of 377 in the rescheduled 5th Test against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. This was the first time India have failed to defend a 350-plus total in a Test match as Jasprit Bumrah had a difficult debut as Test captain. England leveled the 5-match series 2-2 to deny India a first Pataudi Trophy victory away from home since 2007.

Notably, 377 was the highest successful chase by a team against India in the longest format of the game. England gunned down the target with 7 wickets to spare and more than 2 sessions remaining on Day 5 of the Test match, which began amid high hopes as it resumed after nearly a year’s gap.

England chased down 378 in just 76.4 overs, scoring at close to 5 runs per over. Jonny Bairstow (114 not out) and Joe Root (142) pummelled the Indian bowling attack with an unbeaten 269-run stand, making it look easy as they scripted England’s highest-ever successful chase in Test cricket.

With the defeat in Birmingham, India have now lost 3 Test matches in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries on the trot after losing 2 in a crushing series defeat in South Africa earlier this year.

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