Bowling over the wicket to England opener Keaton Jennings during the India tour of England earlier this year, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant in-swinger to trap the batsman LBW. That delivery was meant to end up in the hands of first slip but instead it swung miles in and pinned Jennings right in front of the stumps!
That delivery in England stunned the cricketing fraternity around the world and one got to see a similar stunning performance from the same bowler during the Boxing Day Test match between Australia and India at the MCG. The incident happened on Day 3 right at the stroke of Lunch.
It was the last over before Lunch on Day 3 with Shaun Marsh on strike to face India’s best bowler Bumrah! Australia were then reeling at 89 for 3 in reply to India’s first innings total of 443 for 7 decl. Marsh was able to defend the first five balls of the over, however, with a brilliant slow yorker Bumrah claimed the prized wicket with his sixth delivery of the over!
“When I was bowling there, the wicket had become really slow and the ball had become soft. Nothing much was happening. So, last ball before lunch, Rohit was there at mid-off and he told me ‘you can try a slow ball like you bowl in one-day cricket,” said Jasprit Bumrah during the press conference at the stumps on Day 3.
“So, I thought yeah, I could give it go. Nothing is really happening and maybe a slower ball there and some of their guys play with hard hands. So, I wanted to try that, the execution was good on the day, yeah, really happy. I tried to bowl a slower one, a fuller slow ball. Maybe it will dip or go to short cover. So that was the plan and it worked,” added Bumrah.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2018
Jasprit Bumrah registered a 6-wicket haul (6 for 33) that helped India bowl out Australia for just 151 runs and take a massive 292-run 1st innings lead! The lead proved to be very handful for the visitors as both the teams registered a win each in the first 2 Test matches of the 4-match series!
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