All-rounder Jasprit Bumrah shines on captaincy debut
Jasprit Bumrah celebrated his test captaincy debut for India with both bat and ball on Saturday after England fast bowler Stuart Broad delivered the most expensive over in test cricket history.
A first overseas test century for Ravindra Jadeja (104) and Bumrah’s ballistic 31 not out off just 16 balls gave India a total of 416 all out on the second day of the series-deciding fifth test. No. 10 Bumrah’s innings included a world record-breaking 29 off the bat in Broad’s one over costing 35 runs.
Bumrah then used the overcast conditions to full use — as rain denied much of the scheduled afternoon play — and got the wickets of Alex Lees (6), Zak Crawley (9) and Ollie Pope (10).
England had moved to 60-3 at tea with rain allowing only 12.1 overs of play in the second session.
Joe Root, who survived Bumrah’s hat-trick ball, was unbeaten on 19 while Jonny Bairstow was not out on 6 as the pacers troubled the top-order England batters with their bounce and seam.
Bumrah struck on either side of the two brief sessions when he had Lees clean bowled off a ball that came in sharply to the left-hander. Crawley’s struggle against the new ball continued when he gave a regulation catch in the slips cordon.
Bumrah then beat Pope with extra bounce as Shreyas Iyer managed to hold onto the catch at second slip after he grabbed the ball when it rebounded off his chest.
Earlier, Bumrah clubbed Broad for four boundaries and two sixes in one over which ultimately went for a world record 35 runs as Indian tailenders batted aggressively.
The previous record of scoring 28 runs in an over was jointly shared by Brian Lara of West Indies, George Bailey of Australia and South African Keshav Maharaj against the bowling of Robin Peterson, James Anderson and Joe Root, respectively.
Resuming on 338-7, India added another rapid 78 runs in an hour with Jadeja getting out soon after completing his third test century, but first outside home.
The left-hander, resuming on 83, edged fast bowler Matthew Potts (2-105) through the slips for four and then followed it up with a square cut to point boundary to raise his impressive century off 183 balls.
Jadeja batted in the shadow of Rishabh Pant’s combative knock of 146 off 111 balls on the first day which lifted India from a precarious 98-5 as both left-handers shared a fabulous 222-run aggressive partnership for the sixth wicket.
Broad (1-89) finally had his first wicket of the innings — and his 550th in test cricket — when Mohammed Shami was caught by Jack Leach.
Anderson picked up his 32nd five-wicket haul in test cricket when he had the last two wickets to finish with 5-60.
Jadeja, who hit 13 boundaries, ambitiously swung his bat against Anderson and was clean bowled while Mohammed Siraj was caught at mid-on by Broad. That ended India’s innings which was scored at a healthy average of 4.90 runs an over.
India leads the delayed series 2-1.