In a tense moment during the Super Four match against Sri Lanka, India’s pace spearhead, Jasprit Bumrah, caused a momentary scare when he twisted his ankle early in the innings. The incident unfolded as India looked to defend their total of 213 runs. Bumrah, who had just returned to the team for the Asia Cup, was pivotal to India’s bowling attack.
Bumrah bowled his first three deliveries of the match effectively, hitting the right areas. However, while delivering the fourth ball of the first over, he twisted his ankle, causing visible discomfort. He briefly left the field to change his shoes, causing concern among his teammates and the support staff.
Fortunately, the Indian fans and the team breathed a collective sigh of relief as Bumrah returned to the field to continue bowling. In his next over, he made a significant impact by dismissing Pathum Nissanka, who edged the delivery to wicketkeeper KL Rahul, resulting in a crucial breakthrough for India.
Jasprit Bumrah, who had missed the match against Nepal due to the birth of his son, made a successful return for the Super Four clash against Pakistan. During his spell, he bowled with pace and managed to generate swing, playing a key role in the Indian bowling attack.
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However, despite Bumrah’s efforts, India faced a challenging situation as they were bowled out for 213 runs by Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan spinners, led by Dunith Wellalage, wreaked havoc by taking all ten Indian wickets. Wellalage claimed a five-wicket haul, while part-time spinner Charith Asalanka contributed with four wickets. Maheesh Theekshana also chipped in with a wicket.
India had a promising start, reaching 80 for no loss, but the dismissal of the Indian top order in quick succession opened the floodgates for the Sri Lankan bowlers. Wellalage, reflecting on his performance during the mid-innings break, expressed his satisfaction and acknowledged the challenges posed by the uneven pitch.
Despite the early setback and a challenging total to defend, India remained determined to put up a strong fight with their capable batting lineup.