A brilliant century from wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant and his 222-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja powered India to 338/7 on the first day of the fifth and final Test against England at Edgbaston on Friday.
India was tottering at 98 for five when Pant and Jadeja came together to put on 222 off just 239 balls and take India to a commanding position.
Pant was particularly in a lethal mood smashing his fifth test century off just 89 balls. He was eventually out for a 111 ball 146. Pant’s was the third-fastest hundred by an Indian outside Asia.
Sehwag in 2006 against the West Indies and Azharuddin against England in 1990 are the two batsmen above him in this list. While Sehwag had brought up his century in 78 balls, Azharuddin had taken 88 balls to reach the milestone.
The Indian vice-captain was eventually dismissed by Joe Root caught by Jack Crawley in the slip.
Put to bat first by England captain Ben Stokes, India lost Shubham Gill in the seventh over. The other batsmen Vihari, Pujara, Kohi and Shreyas Iyer had brief stays in the middle.
Only 73 overs were possible in a rain-curtailed day’s play.
Ravindra Jadeja unbeaten on 83 and Mohammed Shami yet to open his account will resume the Indian innings on day two of the test match.