In the ongoing Test match between India and England at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, Ollie Pope reached the milestone of 150 runs early on Day 4. After being dismissed for just 1 in the first innings, Pope has shown resilience against the Indian team. Notably, in the 81st over, Jasprit Bumrah intentionally made contact with Ollie Pope as the batsman was taking a single.
Jasprit Bumrah Pushed Ollie Pope; Rohit Sharma Apologized to English Batsman
This deliberate act by Jasprit Bumrah reflected his frustration as Ollie Pope, England’s vice-captain, continued to pose a significant challenge for the Indian bowlers with his remarkable innings, remaining unbeaten. At the beginning of the fourth day, England had a score of 316/6, with Ollie Pope at 148*. The team lost Rehan Ahmed, caught behind off Bumrah’s delivery.
With Pope on the verge of potentially becoming the second English cricketer to score a double hundred in India, after Joe Root achieved the feat in the 2021 series opener in Chennai, Jasprit Bumrah, having already claimed three wickets, is targeting the English batsman with his bowling prowess.
Following Jasprit Bumrah’s intentional push on Ollie Pope during a single run, Indian captain Rohit Sharma approached Pope and apologized for the bowler’s behavior. Ollie Pope’s exceptional performance with the bat in the match has provided England with an opportunity to compete in what initially seemed like a one-sided encounter.
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Jasprit Bumrah has been the only fast bowler to take wickets in the ongoing Test match, securing a total of five wickets. His fellow fast bowlers, Mohammed Siraj and Mark Wood, are yet to claim any wickets. Bumrah’s notable dismissals include Rehan Ahmed and Ben Stokes in the first innings, and Ben Duckett, Joe Root, and Rehan Ahmed again in the second innings.
Meanwhile, Ollie Pope is on the verge of scoring his second double-century in Test cricket. The 26-year-old has played aggressively while keeping his wicket intact, contributing significantly to England’s lead of over 175 runs. England aims to establish a 250-run lead, considering the challenging task of chasing 250 in the fourth innings on spin-friendly Indian conditions.