India had the best of a stop-start day, adding 78 with their last three wickets standing, then taking four English wickets as they scored 78. On a day when only 39 overs were possible because of rain, India placed a firm hand on the Pataudi Trophy, to ensure they had enough of a draw.
After Ravindra Jadeja completed his third test century, India’s first fast bowler captain (Kapil Dev was an all rounder), Jasprit Bumrah broke a record held by Brian Lara, with George Bailey and Keshav Maharaj even before his arrival. in the bowl, scoring 29 of 35 against Stuart Broad, both a world record for most runs by a batter in an over and the most expensive in Test cricket.
After adding 41 for the last wicket with Mohammed Siraj, Bumrah went on to take three wickets in his first spell, interrupted by rain breaks that helped him trot seven overs. With India leading by 332 runs and just five English wickets standing at the end of two days, this test quickly headed into territory from which only one team can win.
Jadeja started day 17 less than a century away, but showed no rush to get there as he continued to cultivate the strike with Mohammed Shami for company. He arrived at the landmark just before the second new ball was available with England trying short balls against Shami. It looked like a ploy being used while waiting for the new ball, but it earned Shami 16 points before running Stuart Broad straight to the third man in the old ball’s last over. Against the new ball, Jadeja attempted to tackle James Anderson but was knocked down.
What follows is difficult to decipher. At 375 for 9, with a three-ball, Broad started short at Bumrah with a solid square of field and behind on the leg side and no slip up on the outside side. It was almost as if England had erased Lord’s from their minds where Bumrah and Shami made them pay for their short lengths. To make matters worse, Broad played five wide balls and also a no-ball that flew off the top edge for a six. Additionally, Bumrah threw a full pitch into the vacant midfield, edged out four others and hit another hook for a six. With a four in the middle of the wicket, Bumrah himself landed on his back but centered the shot. The only consolation for England was that Anderson ended the Indian innings with his 32nd shot from five wickets in Testing.
An absolutely scorching review ensued for the England batters. Under overcast skies, Bumrah found just enough movement and never faltered in her length. To make matters worse, he had two rain breaks in his first spell, much like Anderson had one to extend his afternoon on day one.
Two of Bumrah’s three wickets came off the seventh and eighth balls from the over at a time when the batters might have had reason to be grateful for playing an over. No, said the third referee, announcing the stray balls just in time. Alex Lees failed to cover the angle on a delivery around the wicket, getting beaten so thoroughly he got both a low weight and a headbutt. Of course, bowling takes precedence in such cases.
Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope both played forgettable shots to get out, going away from the body to balls that weren’t full enough. Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer caught them in the slides.
Over the past hour, Shami upped the pressure, constantly confusing Root, which likely earned him a few loose shots. Root tried many tricks to keep Shami away from his length, but Shami was persistent. He walked away from the body, he walked towards Shami, he dragged out of line and pretty much survived that Bumrah-Shami interrogation when Mohammed Siraj arrived half an hour before the stumps.
All the while, Root kept trying to cut Siraj late, but the off-court movement got in his way. It’s the swing-seam ball that tends to be an off-hit for Siraj who kept denying Root, and eventually the last ball of the noticeably over-stitched to take advantage of Rishabh Pant.
Shami was rewarded for his perseverance with the wicket of night watchman Jack Leach. Jonny Bairstow, who scored 394 runs at a 120.12 strike rate against New Zealand, found nothing to hit here and finished the day unbeaten with 12 of 47. That should tell you the A batter’s intention cannot work consistently regardless of the quality of the bowling and the conditions. (cricinfo)