Watch: Rishabh Pant hits a brilliant boundary on the first day of the 5th Test on the pitch

Rishabh Pant did some great batting on the first day against England in the Edgbaston Test match. Pant scored a century in 89 balls to break MS Dhoni’s 16-year-old record for the fastest Test century by an Indian wicketkeeper. Pant’s innings was full of audacious shots. He even did a reverse sweep at the slip area, facing veteran pacer James Anderson. However, the best probably happened in the 57th over when Pant was facing spinner Jack Leach.

On the second ball of the over, Pant comes under the wicket to hit the ball. While taking the shot, he lost his balance and fell on the pitch. It might sound hilarious, but the result of the shot certainly caused the English side some headaches as the ball went straight back over Leach’s head for an incredible looking boundary.

With this, Pant also managed to reach 96. Earlier, the southpaw was dismissed five times in Tests in the 90s but on Friday he did not look nervous at all, comfortably reaching the three-figure mark. On Friday, Pant also became the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score two centuries on an England pitch. His first century came back in 2018 at the Oval.

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Eventually he was dismissed after playing a brilliant innings of 146 runs in 111 balls. Joe Root’s slow delivery did the job of sending Pant back to the dressing room in the 67th over of the innings. Pant, who scored his fifth Test century on the first day, hit 20 fours and four sixes in his scintillating innings.

Pant’s scintillating innings helped the visitors recover from the initial setback. India He had lost five wickets for just 98 runs. Pant shared a massive 222-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja. At the end of the day’s play, Jadeja remained unbeaten on 83.

For England, pacer James Anderson took three wickets on the first day. Matthew Potts took two wickets as Joe Root and captain Ben Stokes took a wicket each.

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