The Indian cricket team’s bowlers worked arduously on Day 4 in the second session without having any luck after giving England a target of 378 in the fifth Test at Edgbaston. Despite their best efforts, bowlers like Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, and Shardul Thakur could not claim a single wicket as England openers Zak Crawley and Alex Lees batted comfortably. Also scoring a half-century in just 44 balls, the latter did so as the Edgbaston surface appeared to be getting easier to bat on in the blazing heat.
Wasim Jaffer, a former cricket player for India, could not help but find humor in the circumstances. He posted a picture of Johnny Lever and Akshay Kumar riding a large roller used to build roads in the film “Khatta Meetha.” The pitch is flattened on the cricket field with a large roller, making batting simple.
On the fourth day of the fifth Test, which was postponed, India was all out for 245 in their second innings, giving England a target of 378 to tie the series. Cheteshwar Pujara led the way for the home team with a valiant 66, while Rishabh Pant contributed 57 in the opening inning.
Ben Stokes, the captain of England, collected impressive stats of 4/33, while Matty Potts and Stuart Broad both took two wickets. After eliminating England for 284 runs on the third day, India seized a sizable first-innings advantage of 132 runs.
With 125 for three at the start of the last day, Pujara and Pant could only add 28 runs before the former was removed by Broad. In their opening round, the Indians reached a total of 416.