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Joe Root Falls Prey To His Reverse Scoop As Yashasvi Jaiswal Takes Spectacular Catch
By CricShots - Feb 17, 2024 10:48 am
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On the third day of the riveting third Test between India and England in Rajkot, Jasprit Bumrah, the linchpin of India’s pace attack, made an impactful start, snagging the prized wicket of Joe Root early on. Facing a daunting challenge following England’s formidable batting display on the previous day, India relied heavily on their bowling prowess.

Joe Root
Joe Root again falls on a reverse scoop

After England’s blistering response to India’s hefty first-innings total of 445 runs, reaching 207/2 in just 35 overs, the pressure was on the Indian bowlers to strike early and disrupt England’s momentum. Ben Duckett’s stellar unbeaten knock of 133 runs off 118 balls had propelled England’s charge.

With Duckett and Root opening the batting on the third day, India faced a tough task, compounded by the absence of their spin maestro Ravichandran Ashwin, who withdrew from the Test due to a family emergency. In Ashwin’s void, the responsibility fell on Bumrah’s shoulders to spearhead the attack once more, and the speedster rose to the occasion admirably.

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India got the breakthrough they desperately needed when Bumrah accounted for the dismissal of Joe Root. Attempting a reverse-lap shot, Root failed to connect cleanly, resulting in an edge towards second slip. Yashasvi Jaiswal showcased exceptional reflexes, executing a splendid juggling act to secure the catch.

 

This dismissal marked another instance of Bumrah’s dominance over Root in Test cricket, with the Indian bowler now having dismissed the England stalwart 9 times in 21 innings. Impressively, Bumrah has already claimed Root’s wicket thrice in the ongoing series, underlining his prowess against one of England’s premier batsmen.

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As the Test progressed, England found themselves at 226 for 4, with Kuldeep Yadav further bolstering India’s position by dismissing Jonny Bairstow for a duck, further tipping the scales in India’s favour.