Second Test: Bumrah swings it India's way | Cricket News

Jasprit Bumrah took 6/45 in a reverse-swing masterclass to give India a handy lead on the second day of the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

England responded to India's 396 in the first innings with a batting average of 114.1 and the kind of unbridled aggression that has become the team's trademark under Ben Stokes.

Bumrah, armed with the reversal ball, then turned the game on its head and England were out for 253, conceding a lead of 143 in the first innings.

India were 28 points unbeaten at stumps with a total lead of 171.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, who hit 209 in the first innings, batted on 15 with captain Rohit Sharma on 13 at the other end.

“If you want to take wickets as a fast bowler in India, you have to learn to use the reverse swing because the new ball doesn't do much,” Bumrah said about his bowling.

“Sometimes you can try to force the magical deliveries, but it’s also about being patient and preparing the dough.”

“You have to have a plan and use each delivery wisely. I was very happy to implement it today and to be able to contribute to this pitch.”

England got off to a strong start, with Zak Crawley (76) and Ben Duckett (21) looking determined to make the most of the excellent batting conditions.

Zak Crawley played brilliantly before losing to Axar Patel. Photo: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas


Crawley hit Bumrah for four fours in an over on his way to a 52-ball fifty, a milestone he reached with a six off Kuldeep Yadav (3/71).

The spinner broke the 59-run stand when he caught Duckett at a silly point, but was denied a second wicket in the over when Srikar Bharat missed a stumping chance against Ollie Pope.

Crawley took a run-a-ball but missed his shot against Axar Patel and Shreyas Iyer took a spectacular diving catch running backwards, triggering a collapse.

As the ball turned, Bumrah was called back into the attack and the skilful seamer responded by catching Joe Root at slip for the fifth time.

Bumrah's mastery was on display again and this time Pope (23) almost fell over as he tried to block a yorker that crashed through his defense and into the base of his middle and leg stumps.

Bumrah returned after tea break and dismissed Johnny Bairstow (25) with England reeling at 159 with their top five batters back in the hut.

Yadav removed Ben Foakes and Rehan Ahmed before Bumrah returned and delivered a stunning ball to end Stokes' brisk 47.

Stokes dropped his bat and stood in disbelief after Bumrah sent a shot backwards that flattened his off-stump.

Yashasvi Jaiswal

Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates his double hundred. Photo: AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar


Earlier, Jaiswal hit his first Test double hundred, which included seven sixes and 19 fours, laying the foundation for the Indian innings in which no other batsman managed a fifty.

Seamer James Anderson, Shoaib Bashir and fellow spinner Ahmed took three wickets each for England.