It will leave you both powerless, defenseless and at the same time completely confused about what and how it actually happened. And that exactly summed up Ben Stokes' dismissal by Jasprit Bumrah in the final session on day two of the second Test between India and England in Visakhapatnam. It was another ripper that Bumrah dished out to get rid of the England captain, who was on the verge of a half-century, making him the fastest Indian bowler to take 150 Test wickets. (India vs England Live Result 2nd Test Day 2, IND vs ENG)
With Bumrah out of the attack for a while, England attempted to counterattack against the spinners while Stokes led the attack, scoring 47 runs out of 52 before India captain Rohit Sharma brought the fast bowlers back. After an over from Mukesh Kumar, Bumrah returned and dismissed Stokes in the second over of the 50th over of England's first innings.
It was a cookie cutter from the Indian vice-captain's top drawer, angled to a good length so it pinched a bit. The throw stayed low and went under the bat, rattling the off-stump, leaving Stokes confused as he held out his hands in confusion, just as he reacted after being dismissed by Bumrah in the Hyderabad Test.
The dismissal made Bumrah the fastest Indian bowler ever to take 150 Test wickets. He reached the milestone in just 6781 deliveries, beating Umesh Yadav (7661), who had previously held the record. Overall, he became the second fastest Asian pacer after Pakistan legend Waqar Younis (27 Tests) after reaching the mark on his 34th appearance in the format. He defeated former Pakistan captain Imran Khan (37) and Shoaib Akhtar (37) to take second place.
An over later, Bumrah dismissed Tom Hartley to take his tenth five-wicket haul, the second most by an Indian fast bowler after Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, who have done so 11 times each.
Bumrah finished with 6 for 45, his third best bowling figure and best on home soil. This was actually his second five-wicket haul in India, having previously taken 5 for 24 against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru in 2022.
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