Yorkers don’t get better than the one Jasprit Bumrah bowled to knock over the middle and leg stumps of England’s Ollie Pope on Day 2 of the second Test match in Visakhapatnam. So much so that Pope was left in an awkward position to gaze helplessly at the mess of the stumps that Bumrah had created.
As he did in the first Test in Hyderabad, Jasprit Bumrah chimed in with a couple of wickets in the middle of the day under the sun belting down to wrest back the momentum of the game after a rapid start from England.
Zak Crawley’s belligerent innings of 76 runs off 78 balls had come to an end via a sensational catch from Shreyas Iyer. But by then he had wiped out 114 runs of the deficit in reply to India’s 396.
India needed a Jasprit Bumrah special, for two games in a row, and the speedster duly provided it. He first got rid of Joe Root, outside edge caught by Shubman Gill at first slip. Then it was time to nip out Ollie Pope, the batter who scored 196 in Hyderabad and had done well to survive for 54 balls today.
It was only the second time that Jasprit Bumrah went for a yorker in this spell, and what a yorker it came out to be. Released from his wide angle, the ball kept coming in and tailed at the end. By the time Pope brought his bat down, the ball had already rattled into the base of the middle and leg stumps.
Watch: Jasprit Bumrah’s yorker to Ollie Pope
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Such ferocious was the delivery that the leg stump flew a good couple of meters away from its original position. Replays further showed that the ball had viciously tailed in at the last moment – implying more genius from the fast bowler – making life even more difficult for Pope than it already was while facing a freak like Bumrah.
Bumrah’s jaw-dropping spell left England at 136/4, the game nicely poised now.