Boom Time: Bumrah’s mastery leaves England batting in tatters

n four pulsating overs of immense skill, immaculate control and constant threat, Jasprit Bumrah ripped out the heart, soul and body of England’s batting on way to his finest ODI bowling performance at The Oval on Tuesday. In 23 deliveries with a new ball on a greenish pitch under overcast skies, amid excellent carry and plenty of swing and seam, Bumrah blasted out Jason Roy, Joe Root and Liam Livingstone for ducks, and consumed Jonny Bairstow for 7.

He would come back to break England’s highest partnership of the innings – 35 for the ninth wicket between David Willey and Brydon Carse – to earn only his second ODI five-for. He would also end the England innings for just 110 to register his best international figures of 7.2-3-19-6, also the third-best by an Indian bowler in ODIs, behind Stuart Binny and Anil Kumble.

It was also the first time Bumrah had taken three or more wickets in an ODI since the 2019 World Cup in England, thus answering the call about India’s recent inability to strike with the new ball in this format, especially away from home.

At The Oval, it was Mohammed Shami who had bowled the first over after England were inserted, and while he tested Bairstow in patches, there was hardly any indication of the storm that was to come from the other end.

Jason Roy b Bumrah 0(5)

Joe Root c Pant b Bumrah 0(2)

Jonny Bairstow c Pant b Bumrah 7 (20)

Liam Livingstone b Bumrah 0(8)

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