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Mohammed Siraj’s Stunning Yorker Dismisses Ahmed As He Shines in Ashwin’s Absence
By CricShots - Feb 17, 2024 2:21 pm
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On Day 3 of the third Test between India and England in Rajkot, Mohammed Siraj emerged as a pivotal figure for the Indian bowling attack. With the absence of Ravichandran Ashwin, who left the match midway due to his mother’s illness, the quartet of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja had the responsibility of making an impact after England had a strong finish on Day 2.

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Mohammed Siraj bowled a brilliant yorker

Facing the challenge without Ashwin, the Indian bowlers showcased their mettle, triggering a collapse in the English batting lineup. Rehan Ahmed, coming into bat with England at 299-6, was a crucial wicket that Siraj managed to secure in the second session.

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Unfortunately, Ashwin was not around to witness this as he had appealed to the on-field umpire, not realizing that he had bowled the batter. Rehan could only contribute nine runs before being cleaned up by a brilliant yorker from Siraj.

  

Rehan had been a valuable contributor with the bat in the series, scoring 70 runs in four innings before the third Test. His promotion to No. 3 in the second Test showcased the team’s reliance on him. However, in the ongoing match, he fell victim to Siraj’s impeccable bowling technique.

The third day witnessed an unexpected collapse for England, losing their last eight wickets for just 95 runs. Despite Ben Duckett’s century, the middle order couldn’t capitalize on the foundation laid.

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Mohammed Siraj played a pivotal role in dismantling the English tail, showcasing his ability to exploit weaknesses. He concluded the first innings by dismissing James Anderson, breaching the defense with a fullish delivery that rattled the stumps. Statistically, Siraj was the standout bowler with figures of 4-84 in 21.1 overs, highlighting his crucial role in leading the Indian bowling attack in the absence of Ashwin.