Jasprit Bumrah bowls a ripper to dismiss Finn Allen in practice match against New Zealand XI

Each of the Indian fast bowlers were among the wickets on the second day of the match.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India are currently locking horns with New Zealand XI in a three-day practice match at Seddon Park in Hamilton as they aim to zero in on an ideal playing combination ahead of the first Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington.

After getting bowled out for 263 on the opening day- a total which was largely achieved due to the 195-run-stand between Hanuma Vihari, who scored a hundred and Cheteshwar Pujara [93]. Coming into the second day, all eyes were on the Indian pace-attack and especially Jasprit Bumrah after the champion fast bowler endured a rare tough One-day International series where he failed to take a single wicket.


Bumrah was back among the wickets on Saturday though and it came in as early as the third over of the day when the vile fast bowler bowled a perfect delivery outside the off-stump; one that held its shape and forced Will Young [2] to nick it straight to Rishabh Pant. Mohammed Shami got rid of Tim Seifert in his very first over when he nicked off to Pant, leaving the home tottering at 2-36. 

Jasprit Bumrah bamboozles Allen’s stumps with a vicious delivery

Opener Rachin Ravindra [34] and Finn Alen [20] stitched a 34-run-stand for the third wicket but just as the duo were looking to settle into a big partnership, Bumrah returned to dismiss Alen with a brute of a delivery; one that jagged back in substantially to knock over his stumps as he looked to leave the delivery outside the off-stump.

Each of the Indian fast bowlers were among the wickets on the second day. Umesh Yadav [2-49] chipped-in with a couple of wickets after an expensive first spell while Navdeep Saini [2-58] too showed enough promise to ensure the team management has enough headaches while deciding the Playing XI.

Mohammed Shami [3-17] chipped in with three wickets as the Indians bowled New Zealand XI for 235 in 74.2 overs. And, the most heartening thing for the team management and the fans is that Bumrah seems to be getting back into his stride. The visitors finished the day at 0-59 in seven overs thanks to Prithvi Shaw [35* off 25 balls] and Mayank Agarwal [23*off 17 balls] blazed away with disdain.

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