India vs England, 5th Test: Jasprit Bumrah bosses England with bat and ball on stop-start Day 2 | Cricket News

India vs England, 5th Test: Jasprit Bumrah bosses England with bat and ball on stop-start Day 2 | Cricket News

Test cricket in this English summer seems to have gone bonkers. Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah, known more for his penetrative seam bowling, smashed the batting record owned by a certain Brian Charles Lara of hitting the most runs in an over. Lara had carted South African left-arm-spinner Robin Peterson for 28 in an over in Johannesburg in 2003.
Current Aussie chief selector George Bailey too had smashed James Anderson for 28 in an over as did Keshav Maharaj, when he bulldozed Joe Root for 28 in 2020.
On a rain-affected Day Two at Edgbaston, Bumrah hit a bowler with 550 Test wickets in Stuart Broad for 29 runs in an over and then got the wickets of England openers Alex Lees, Zak Crawley and No.3 Ollie Pope to cap a perfect day as captain.

In the final hour, Mohammed Siraj dismissed the talismanic Joe Root caught behind for 31 with a bouncing delivery that seamed in sharply and Mohammed Shami bowled an inspired spell to dismiss night watchman Jack Leach for a duck. All the talk of ‘Bazball’ by England went out of the window as they limped to 84 for 5 replying to India’s first innings total of 416.


Back to Broad and Bumrah. Broad was clattered for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh in Durban in the 2007 World T20, but he is now also the dubious owner of conceding the most expensive over in Test cricket, costing 35 runs.


The sequence in a crazy and entertaining 84th over read four, five wides, a no ball that was swotted for six, a four, a four again, a six and a single.


England employed bizarre tactics of bowling short to Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja with a spread-out field and ended up conceding 416 after India had started Day Two at 338 for 7.
Jadeja turned a few singles down and didn’t let Shami face more than two balls in an over. It was only after Shami had got his eye in that he allowed him to face a full over.


The all-rounder helped himself to a high class hundred (104), before falling to the new ball as James Anderson castled him with the batsman attempting a hoick after realizing he was running out of partners. Broad got Shami to mistime the ramp shot to get to his 550th Test wicket and that’s when the floodgates opened.
No. 11 Siraj became Anderson’s fifth wicket as the ageless warrior picked a five-for for the 32nd time in his decorated career and the 10th time after turning 35.


With rain around and India having only 45 minutes to bowl before lunch Bumrah and Shami steamed in with the new ball and exposed the technical frailties of England’s opening pair.
Lees missed a straight one from Bumrah bowled from round the stumps and was castled for the fourth time in 13 innings before the first rain break.


The Indian skipper was guilty of overstepping quite a few times like his England counterpart who bowled 10 no balls.
However, the extra deliveries produced wickets for India and hurt the hosts. Lees’ dismissal was off the seventh ball. After a 75-minute rain interruption, Bumrah bowled a delivery on a seductive driving length, which consumed Crawley, who played a loose drive to see the edge pouched expertly by Shubman Gill at third slip.


Another rain interruption of an hour and forty minutes dented India’s plans of making further inroads.
On resumption, Pope was tempted by a full swinging one, again an extra delivery, off Bumrah’s sixth over which Shreyas Iyer juggled at fourth slip but caught.
After a fourth rain interruption, play resumed for an hour and India bossed it with Shami’s spell to Root and Jonny Bairstow being the highlight.

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