England vs India, 5th Test, Day 2, Top Performances: Ravindra Jadeja's 104, and Jasprit Bumrah’s 31 & 35/3 are the top two performances. England 84/5, trail by 332 runs.
Brief Scores: England 84-5 (Root 31, Bumrah 35/3) trail India 416 (Pant 146, Jadeja 104, Anderson 60/5) by 332 runs at Stumps on Day 2
India made huge 338 runs on the first day of the series-decider Test match at Edgbaston in Birmingham against England on the back of a sensational century by Rishabh Pant and a 222-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Pant and Ravindra Jadeja.
On Saturday, India wanted to reach close to 400 in the first innings whereas England wanted to wrap up the innings of India as early as possible.
Let’s scan the top performances from Day 2 of the fifth Test between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Ravindra Jadeja notches up his first century in England
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was unbeaten on 83 at the end of Day 1. Jadeja and Mohammed Shami came in the middle on Saturday morning, whereas England started proceedings with the bowling pair of skipper Ben Stokes and Matthew Potts.
Jadeja played sensibly in the morning, even though at the other end, Shami cracked few boundaries against pacers. When Jadeja was only eight runs short of 100, Jack Crawley dropped an easy catch at slip which went for four. Though the catch bounced from the hand of Crawley and touched Root’s fingers, he also couldn’t hold on to the catch.
Jadeja struck a boundary on the next delivery to complete his third Test ton. After Shami was dismissed by Broad, Jadeja also got bowled by Anderson. Jadeja made 104 runs off 194 in his phenomenal knock, which included 13 elegant boundaries.
His century makes him only the fourth player to score two centuries in a calendar year for any No 7 or lower-order India batter after Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni (in 2009) and Harbhajan Singh (in 2010).
Jasprit Bumrah’s all-round show put England in a dilapidated condition
India skipper Jasprit Bumrah is known for his incisive bowling and match-winning bowling spells in Test cricket, however, on Saturday he wielded his bat like a weapon to hammer opponent bowlers.
When India were nine down, Bumrah dealt in boundaries to gather runs quickly. He clobbered four boundaries and one six along with another six off a no-ball in an over of Stuart Broad. The seamer would have remembered flamboyant India left-hander Yuvraj Singh who struck six sixes in on over of Broad 15 years back in the inaugural T20 World Cup.
Jasprit Bumrah piled up a staggering 35 runs in one over to make a world record in Test cricket. He broke the previous record which was 28 runs in an over by legendary West Indies batter Brian Lara. Bumrah remained unbeaten on 31 off just 16 deliveries at the end of the innings.
Bumrah also opened the bowling for India when England openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley came to bat. He came round the wicket, bowled an incisive delivery which angled in towards Lees and shatters his stumps after deflecting from the batter’s pad. Lees could make only 6 runs in his brief stay on the pitch. So, in just the third over of the Bumrah gave the first blow to the hosts.
Rain stopped play for around one hour. After play commenced again, Bumrah dismissed another batter, Crawley, with his first ball. Bumrah bowled an angled in delivery which straightened after pitching to take the edge of Crawley’s blade and Shubman Gill didn’t make any mistake at the third slip. So, Bumrah was on a hattrick chance by dismissing Lees and Crawley with back-to-back balls. However, next batter Joe Root survived the next ball to deny the hattrick to Bumrah.
The game continued to stop-start due to rain throughout the day. However, Bumrah looked threatening in each of his spells. He bagged his third scalp of the innings as Ollie Pope played an ambitious drive to a way outside off delivery and ended up edging straight towards Shreyas Iyer stationed at second slip. Pope could make only 10 runs off 18 deliveries. These three wickets left England on 44/3 as they crumbled in front of Bumrah.
What to Expect on Day 3
India look in complete control in this game by dismissing half the team of England on just 84 runs. They would want to bundle out England early on Day 3 by taking aid of swing-friendly conditions at the start of the day.
England are in deep trouble after losing half their team, 84/5 on Day 2 and still trail India by 332 runs. So, they would like to play the first session carefully to avoid losing another wicket as the last recognised batting pair of England is at the pitch.