India’s Rishabh Pant is the youngest wicketkeeper batter in Test cricket history to have reached the 2,000-run milestone. Pant, 24, reached this milestone in the fifth and final Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday. A four bowled over through the mid-wicket area by pacer Matty Potts in the 51st helped the Indian goalkeeper batter reach the milestone. India was 174/5 at Tea thanks to a 76-point unbeaten run between Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.
India struggled at 98-5 as the duo joined forces. Pant (53*) and Jadeja (32*) were the focus of Tea.
The duo of Hanuma Vihari and Virat Kohli resumed the innings at 53/2 after lunch, adding a further 11 runs to their partnership, before Vihari was sacked for 20 after being pinned leg for wicket by pacer Matty Potts.
This brought wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant to the crease. Kohli was also soon back at the pavilion. He was caught by a fantastic 11-run throw from Potts, with the ball hitting the inside of his bat and hitting the stumps. Shreyas Iyer then came to the crease and looked good, hitting Potts for three fours. But he was sacked for 15 by James Anderson after being caught by wicketkeeper Sam Billings.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was next in line. The duo formed a solid partnership. They kept a solid run between the wickets and occasionally went for big hits. Pant brought life into the innings by hitting spinner Jack Leach for 4.4.6 in the 37th over. With this, Jadeja and Pant complete their 50-run partnership.
Pant reached his half-century with a four over the deep square leg.
Previously, rain was a bummer in the fifth Test between India and England, as the Jasprit Bumrah-led side finished the first session at 53/2.
India started first at bat, with openers Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara anchoring the innings. England first broke through in the 7th over when James Anderson sacked Gill, who left after scoring 17 runs, leaving the team total at 27/1.
Vihari came to the fold and tried to stitch a partnership with Pujara. The duo brought India’s score to 46 before Anderson struck again and sent Pujara back to the pavilion.
Kohli teamed up with Vihari to take India’s tally to 53/2 before it started to rain.
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