Jasprit Bumrah takes SIX wickets on day two of the second Test against England to put India firmly in control and leave Ben Stokes’ side with another mountain to climb
Ben Stokes dropped his bat to the ground and shrugged with weary resignation as he was again beaten by the masterful Jasprit Bumrah.
He produced a similar response to an unplayable delivery that cut short his innings of 70 in the first Test and now, with his team once again looking to their captain to save them, there was a hint of desperation in one who held a bit low and rattled into Stokes’ stump.
It really looked as if England would bazball into another position of superiority on the second day of this second Test when Zak Crawley flew out of the traps in response to India’s 396 all out.
But once Stokes went to the brilliant Bumrah, who turned the match on its head with his world-class reverse swing bowling, England were left with a mountain to climb almost as dangerous as the one they scaled in Hyderabad last week.
How different it could have been for England had Crawley not left the door open for Bumrah and India to break through by giving away his wicket to Axar Patel after he scored 76 of the most eye-catching runs on his 26th birthday that is not possible to think.
Jasprit Bumrah produced a sensational bowling performance on day two of the second Test
Bumrah took six wickets during the innings, notably wiping out the stumps of Ollie Pope and Ben Stokes
This means the Indian fast bowler has now taken a whopping 12 wickets in the first two Tests
Crawley was sublime as England rumbled an over from five overs, hitting two sixes and 11 fours, but fell to a lead in Patel’s first over and tried to whip him through mid-wicket for a second successive boundary .
It would be easy to point fingers at Crawley as the catalyst for England’s downfall, but for lack of a better phrase, that’s how England play and that’s how they’ve achieved so much in this extraordinary transformation of Test cricket.
There was certainly little they could do when, remarkably, Bumrah, playing in only his sixth home Test, swung the ball in reverse and provided a probe of the England batting that nobody could quite manage.
His immense skill and ability to take what was still a flat Vizag pitch out of the equation was highlighted by the reverse-swinging yorker that hit the middle and leg stumps of the man who made 196 in the first Test in Ollie Pope. flattened completely. It was totally unplayable and the biggest moment of another enthralling day.
Before that, Bumrah claimed Joe Root for the eighth time in Test cricket and he added Jonny Bairstow and then Stokes, ending any chance England had of getting close to first-innings parity before completing his five-wicket haul has by forcing Tom Hartley. in an edge to Shubman Gill.
England started the day with the ball in hand, with James Anderson taking two wickets
Rehan Ahmed would dismiss Bumrah later in the morning, his third wicket of the match
Shoaib Bashir will end the innings after dismissing Mukesh Kumar to take his third wicket of the match
India are missing their main slow bowler in Ravindra Jadeja here, but his replacement in left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was a worthy deputy as he started England’s slide by claiming Ben Duckett and adding Ben Foakes and Rehan Ahmed before Bumrah took the task have completed. by trapping Jimmy Anderson lbw.
It is no exaggeration to say Anderson was almost as impressive as Bumrah earlier in a morning session as England took India’s last four wickets for 32 as they were bowled out for what at the time felt like a slightly below par score .
Anderson, who took on a new role as England’s only seamer at 41 and began his 23rd year as an England player, was superb in an eight-over spell that lasted an hour and a quarter, two for 17 taken to finish with three for 47 from 25. tireless overs.
It was a remarkable display of skill and stamina that included the wicket of Yashasvi Jaiswal for a rather scintillating 209 in only his sixth Test.
Zak Crawley walked out in the middle for England and smashed 74 runs before being dismissed
Axar Patel pulled the England opener over the wicket before Crawley cut a shot to Shreyas Iyer, who caught the attack at the back end.
India celebrated after England’s Ben Duckett, caught by Rajat Patidar, was dismissed
How reliant India have been on the 22-year-old in the absence of Virat Kohli and, now, KL Rahul and what a moment it was when Jaiswal batsman Shoaib Bashir swept for six and four in consecutive balls to reach his double century .
Jaiswal celebrated, arms outstretched, in the manner of Jude Bellingham rather than cricketing convention and looks set to be as big a star as the Real Madrid footballer, at least in this cricket-crazy country, with his astonishing range of shots .
However, it was a significant performance from Anderson, despite all that he has achieved. He went into the Ashes with a groin injury and had a disappointing series as he watched his old strike partner Stuart Broad stage a storybook final of his own career at the Oval.
Anderson could have been forgiven for wondering if he should have gone out at the same time as his big mate, but retirement never seemed to cross his mind and he arrived here in lean form, even for a cricketer who had never played any did not carry weight.
Joe Root endured a tough time at the crease after being bowled by Bumrah for five runs
Captain Stokes scored 47, England’s second highest score of the day
But the England captain was subsequently given his marching orders by Bumrah
The fast bowler would cap off a sensational day with the wickets of both Tom Hartley and James Anderson
Now, after missing out in favor of Mark Wood in the first Test, Anderson has entered this series to give England the control they needed with such an inexperienced spin attack around him and to prove that his skills are completely undimmed stay.
At the other end of the scale, it was a highly encouraging start for Bashir who, taking Mukesh Kumar’s last wicket, finished with three for 138 from 38 overs and really looks like he belongs at just six at this level. games for Somerset.
India had a lead of 143 in the first innings and extended it by 28 without loss towards the end. England, of course, overcame a deficit of 190 last week, but if they want to pull off another miracle, they will have to do it last bat. India, thanks to Jaiswal with the bat and Bumrah with the ball, are well on top after two days – just as they were in Hyderabad. This time, however, they are strong favorites to make the most of their power position.