India continued to dominate the rescheduled 5th Test as the Asian giants sent back 5 England batters in quick succession after stretching their total to a daunting 416 on Day 2 that was interrupted by frustrating rain breaks at Edgbaston in Birmingham. India’s stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah could not have asked for a better day on the field as he flaunted his big-hitting skills before hunting down the England batters with his pace and control with the ball.
Even on a day in which only 38.5 overs were bowled, India dominated England with both bat and ball, once again showcasing that they have the tools to beat the best despite having headed into the series undercooked.
England reached Stumps at 84 for 5 in 27 overs, still trailing India’s first innings total of 416 by 332 runs. Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes remained unbeaten on 12 and 0, respectively, after Mohammed Siraj gave India the biggest breakthrough, sending Joe Root back to the hut in the final hour of the day’s play.
BOOM-BALL FROM BUMRAH
Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the show as the stand-in captain hit 31 runs from just 16 balls, adding crucial lower-order runs to the Indian total after hundreds from Rishabh Pant (146) and Ravindra Jadeja (104).
Bumrah broke Brian Lara’s 18-year-old record for the most runs scored in an over in Test cricket as he smashed 2 sixes and 3 boundaries against Stuart Broard. The England pacer set the record for the most runs conceded in an over in the longest format of the game minutes after picking up his 550th Test wicket.
It was a stunning onslaught from Bumrah, who walked out with steely determination after becoming India’s 36th Test captain on Friday.
It was in England last year where Bumrah showed steely resolve with the bat for the first time, hitting a crucial 34 in their win at Lord’s and 24 at the Oval.
JADEJA COMPLETES HUNDRED
Bumrah stole the limelight from Jadeja, who had completed his 3rd Test hundred, repaying the faith the team management showed in him by selecting him in the XI ahead of R Ashwin. Jadeja resumed on his overnight score of 83 and added 21 more runs.
The sword celebrations were out as Jadeja was back at his best for India after having had a forgettable campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 wherein he stepped down as Chennai Super Kings captain 8 matches after taking over the reins from MS Dhoni.
Thanks to Risahbh Pant’s stunning 146, Jadeja’s ton and Bumrah’s late heroics, India posted 416 after they were reeling at 98 for 5 on Day 1.
BUMRAH, SHAMI TROUBLE ENGLAND
The frequent rain breaks on Saturday proved frustrating to England batters but Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami had no complaints as they kept themselves fresh and bowled 24 overs of the 27 bowled on Day 2 between them.