After etching his name in the record books through the batting blitz, India’s stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah shined with the ball to stamp his authority on Day 2 of the ongoing rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Bumrah led the pace attack from the front, drawing the first blood in the third over when he cleaned up opener Alex Lees for 6. Bumrah didn’t just stop there as he removed another opener, Zak Crawley, in the fifth over for 9.
Before the hosts could make any further move, Bumrah yet again ruined their plans as the right-arm pacer removed Ollie Pope to reduce England to 44/3 in 11 overs. Former skipper Joe Root and middle-order batter Jonny Bairstow tried stabilising the innings as the duo calmed things down with their partnership.
The pair of Root and Bairstow added 34 runs for the fourth wicket and were looking set to cruise through before Mohammed Siraj proved his mettle. Siraj got rid of the dangerous Root (31) to send shockwaves to the English camp.
As if this wasn’t enough, Mohammad Shami also joined the party as he dismissed night-watchman Jack Leach (0) to reduce England to 83/5 as India took full control of the match. The hosts added just a solitary run before the umpires announced stumps with Bairstow (12 no) and captain Ben Stokes (0 no) at the crease.
Earlier, India finished their first innings at 416 thanks to Ravindra Jadeja and Bumrah’s batting exhibition. While Jajeja went on to smash his maiden Test century (104), Bumrah played an unbeaten 31-run knock.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
We will be back for Day 3 action tomorrow.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 2, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) July 2, 2022
Sad to lose my record today 😜 oh well, records are made to be broken I guess. Onto the next one 🏏 #ENGvIND
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) July 2, 2022
Test batting average since July 2017:
Ravindra Jadeja – 46.74
David Warner – 45.76
Test bowling average since July 2017:
Ravindra Jadeja – 26.31
Mitchell Starc – 26.98#ENGvIND
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) July 2, 2022
One day Shami will bowl only half as good as this and take 5 wickets….
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 2, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) July 2, 2022
STUMPS, DAY 2⃣
Despite the interruptions, #TeamIndia pacers led by Bumrah were electric on the field, and they have the hosts 5⃣ down 👊🏼
More of the same tomorrow boys 💙
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) July 2, 2022
A Ton to Start! ✅
A Boom Blitz! ✅
Striking with the Red! ✅
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) July 2, 2022
WinViz at the end of Day 2:
England – 12%
India – 71%
Despite limited play today, the tourists find themselves well in charge of this game and the series.#ENGvIND
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 2, 2022
A day full of rain, runs and wickets for #TeamIndia 🇮🇳
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) July 2, 2022
India have been relentless with their seamers. The ‘New’ England have been kept on a leash and in their own backyard, they need a miracle – a Pant-Jadeja type partnership – to save them in this Test #INDvsENG
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 2, 2022
India is on top at Edgbaston.
First, it was by Jadeja and Pant then bowlers stand tall with a terrific spell by Bumrah – Shami – Siraj. India eying a Historic Test series win.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 2, 2022