IND v ENG 5th test: Rishabh Pant’s match saving innings take India’s lead to 361 Runs

On his approach to a century in the first innings and a half-century in the second innings, vice captain Rishabh Pant broke and tied a number of records.

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In the second innings of the rescheduled Test match against England at Egbaston, Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant maintained his stellar performance in the red-format of cricket.

The 24-year-old hit 57 from 86 balls in the second innings on Monday after scoring a 146 off 111 balls in the first innings (July 4). He and Ravindra Jadeja scored 222 runs together for the sixth wicket, which enabled India to score 416 runs overall. In Birmingham, he hit four sixes and twenty fours in one inning.

He did begin the inning by leaping at the first James Anderson pitch he faced. He inside-edged it for a single, which is likely to be this year’s Tests’ least sensible but most entertaining single. He continued to charge at Anderson before driving right past him in his first boundary.

Pant’s fifty in the second innings helped India extend their total lead above 350 after his spectacular 100 for India in the first innings.

With 203 runs total—146 in the first innings and 57 in the second—Pant has now broken the record for most runs scored in a Test match in England. He surpassed the mark of 182 runs (14, 168) set in 1950 by West Indian Clyde Walcott. Pant also surpassed Gautam Gambhir and former India player VVS Laxman on the record of most runs an Indian batsman has made against England.