After Jadeja’s century, India dominated on the strength of the bowlers led by Bumrah

Birmingham, Jul 2 (PTI) India captain Jasprit Bumrah’s stupendous performance with bat and ball followed a century from all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (104) as India stunned England in the first innings of the rain-hit second day of the fifth cricket Test here on Saturday. He strengthened his position by sending five batsmen to the pavilion.

Bumrah set a record of 29 runs in an over with the bat during an unbeaten 31 and then scalped England’s opening three wickets as the hosts lost five for 84 in 27 overs at the end of the day’s play. .

Captain Ben Stokes (nil) was present at the crease along with Jonny Bairstow (12) at the time of stumps. India scored 416 runs in the first innings, leaving England still 332 runs behind.

After Bumrah bowled Alex Lees (six) in the opening session of the day, Jack Crawley (nine) and Ollie Pope (10) were caught at slip in the ‘seventh’ ball of his third and sixth overs in the second session. Crowley was caught by Shubman Gill while Pope’s catch was caught by Shreyas Iyer.

Mohammad Siraj took the most important wicket of the day in the last session. He caught former captain Joe Root’s 31-run knock in 67 balls at the hands of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

After this Mohammed Shami got the result of bowling consistently well from one end in the form of the wicket of night watchman Jack Leach. On Shami’s delivery, Virat Kohli dropped the catch of Leach in the slips but the next over the bowler caught him in the hands of Pant without opening the account.

Bumrah played an unbeaten knock of 31 off 16 balls and the fire from his bat will be remembered by Edgbaston’s visitors for years. He took a record 29 runs with the bat in Stuart Broad’s one over while 35 runs were scored in that over including six extras.

In his first match as captain, Bumrah broke Brian Lara’s 18-year-old record for the highest score of 28 runs in an over in a Test match.

He used the bat like a sword and hit Broad for four fours and two sixes. India’s ninth, tenth and 11th number batsmen contributed 93 runs.

It was the impact of Bumrah’s all-rounder game that it reduced the brightness of Jadeja’s century.

In the morning, Jadeja started the day with care and completed his third century and he hit 13 fours in his innings. Jadeja, who took 2500 runs and 242 wickets in Test cricket, can be considered as India’s best all-rounder after Kapil Dev. His batting average in Test cricket is over 37.

For England, James Anderson took five wickets for 60 runs. He took five or more wickets for the 32nd time in a Test innings from Anderson, who turns 40 next month. During this, Broad completed 550 Test wickets.

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