Umesh Yadav castles Pat Cummins with a beauty

Umesh Yadav castles Pat Cummins with a beauty

Yadav broke a crucial 69-run stand by dismissing Cummins.

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Umesh Yadav’s reaction said it all after he castled Pat Cummins with a beauty of a delivery on the second day of the ongoing Test in Perth. The celebration was a muted one as Yadav expressed his anguish and frustration, making it crystal clear how his teammates felt conceding runs on the second morning.

Australia skipper Tim Paine and Cummins frustrated India with a 61-run stand. What was even more frustrating that Cummins faced over 60 balls. The pace-bowler was looking rock solid in front of the stumps. India thus needed something special to get rid of him and Yadav came up with exactly that. The right-arm pacer bowled a delivery that left Cummins clueless before going through his defence to disturb the timbers.

Yadav pitched it on a goodish length, it was moving into the right-hander and straightened after pitching which left Cummins with no answers as the latter just could not move his feet. Cummins played for an in-swinger but the ball beat the outside edge of his bat to dislodge the off-stump. It was a dream delivery and result for a fast bowler to hit the top of the stump and Yadav managed just that.

Here is a clip of the wicket:

Australia on top

The hosts have taken the upper hand in the second Test. Paine and Cummins resumed the proceedings with the scoreboard reading 277 for 6. And just like the first day, the Indian pacers struggled to get going early on day two. Consequently, Paine and Cummins took the score past the 300-run mark before Yadav broke the 69-run stand by dismissing his counterpart.

The visitors then did not take long to wrap up the tail, bowling out the hosts for 326. For Australia, Marcus Harris top-scored with 70 while Aaron Finch and Travis Head scored fifties too. On the other hand, Ishant Sharma was India’s most successful bowler with 4 wickets while Jasprit Bumrah, Yadav and Hanuma Vihari picked up two wickets apiece.

India, however, started disastrously with the bat; losing Murali Vijay for a duck. At lunch, the visitors were 6 for 1.

~ Written by Bijoy

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