Two England veterans, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root pulled off a stunning run-chase, the highest by the Three Lions in Test matches, to prevent what at one point seemed to be an easy victory for India. Both Bairstow and Root combined for 269 runs for the fourth wicket as England defeated India by seven wickets at Edgbaston to win the test match and draw the highly anticipated series at 2-2 despite needing an absurd 378 runs to win in the fourth innings.

Both Root and Bairstow proceeded to hit their respective hundreds and made sure they remained in the middle until the job was done, making the Indian assault seem hopeless. The former England captain, who scored the most of the runs on the last day, stayed undefeated on 142 off 173 balls when all was said and done. Bairstow was standing tall at 114* off 145 balls.

Many pundits were eager to point out where India went wrong, even though they controlled the action for most of the match. After the game, former India opener Virender Sehwag identified a few. In his tweet, the former cricketer emphasized the absence of other players’ contributions except for Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara.

After scoring a hundred runs in the first inning, the wicketkeeper-batter followed it up with a stunning half-century in the second. Pujara, on the other hand, contributed 66 runs to India’s 245 runs in the second innings, which was another encouraging sign with the bat. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, who served as the match’s Indian captain, no other bowlers were able to have their names added to the list of wickets during the second innings. Mohammed Siraj’s run-leaking at a rate of almost 7 per over made things worse. Shardul Thakur was similarly pricey and unsuccessful in making any progress. His economy in the second inning was 5.9.