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Jasprit Bumrah produced a gem of an inswinger to break a crucial partnership

The review showed the late and long inswinger was on its way to crashing onto the off stump and the on-ground umpire’s decision stayed.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Just when the Indian fans were dreading that their team has hit yet another ‘lower order’ wall against Australia in the first Test in Adelaide, Jasprit Bumrah emerged as a saviour. The bowler, who has a knack of bamboozling the batsmen with his sudden and sharp inswingers, produced yet another gem in the 81st over to get rid of Pat Cummins to give his team the all-needed seventh wicket to continue having the upper edge.

The bowler had by then added 50 crucial runs with half-centurion Travis Head to take Australia’s score closer to India’s first innings total of 250. Bumrah, who had just one wicket in the morning, bowled a huge inswinger at Cummins and the later didn’t offer any shot which caught his legs, apparently outside the line of the wicket. Umpire Nigel Llong gave the verdict in favour of India but Cummins went upstairs seeking a review.

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The review showed the late and long inswinger was on its way to crashing onto the off stump and the on-ground umpire’s decision stayed. The pacer was back into the hut and Australia were 177 for 7. The hosts’ gritty show, however, continued with the next batsman Mitchell Starc – also a bowler – giving a determined company to Head. Australia were 191 for 7 at stumps, trailing India by 59 runs.

India were bowled out on their overnight score of 250 in the very first delivery of the day with Josh Hazlewood picking Mohammed Shami. The first day saw Cheteshwar Pujara slamming 123 to script India’s turnaround after they faced a batting debacle.

Third day crucial for both sides

The third day will be the most crucial in this tug-of-war Test with the hosts expecting Head to continue leading the resurrection with as much help from the tail-enders. Starc has quite a few half-centuries in Tests and Tim Paine’s side will expect another one from him to get as much lead possible over India on a wicket which is not getting better. India, on the other hand, will sincerely pray that the Australian tail doesn’t wag the dog too much as was the case often in England.

However, either way, this Test certainly will have a result.

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