Jasprit Bumrah’s Masterclass: Stunning Inswinger Sends Ollie Pope Packing
By CricShots - Feb 3, 2024 2:52 pm
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Jasprit Bumrah showcased his bowling brilliance in the ongoing second Test between India and England in Vishakhapatnam by delivering a spectacular yorker to dismiss Ollie Pope in the first innings. After India posted a total of 396, the hosts faced a challenging situation as England’s openers, Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, built a solid foundation with a 59-run partnership for the first wicket.

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Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Ollie Pope with a magical dilvery

Crawley, in particular, was aggressive and scoring boundaries effortlessly, pushing England’s run rate to nearly 5 runs per over. With the score reaching 114 for 1, Axar Patel provided the crucial breakthrough by removing Crawley, who scored a quick 76 off 78 balls.

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In response to the breakthrough, Indian captain Rohit Sharma reintroduced Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, and the pace bowler made an immediate impact. In his second over, Bumrah dismissed England’s captain, Joe Root, for just 5 runs.

The precise line and length from Jasprit Bumrah troubled Root, leading to an edge caught by Shubman Gill at first slip. Bumrah continued his fiery spell, delivering a toe-crushing inswinging yorker to Ollie Pope in his third over.

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Despite facing 54 deliveries, Ollie Pope was left stunned by the immaculate delivery, and his middle and leg stumps were uprooted. Pope, who had scored 196 in the second innings of the first Test, could only manage 23 runs this time before departing from the field.

As of the latest update, England stood at 159 for 5 after 30 overs, with Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes at the crease. The standout performance of the Indian innings came from Yashasvi Jaiswal, who notched up his maiden double-century in Tests, scoring 209 runs off 290 balls with 19 fours and 7 sixes. However, apart from Jaiswal, no other Indian batsman crossed the 40-run mark in the innings.