Jasprit Bumrah returns to Test cricket with 2nd successive 5-wicket haul

first_imgJasprit Bumrah took his second five-wicket haul to put India on brink of victory against England in the third Test at Trent Bridge on Tuesday.England were 311/9 at the end of fourth day’s play and India need just one more wicket to win the match. On the other hand, England have to survive a whole day and need 210 to win.Four of Bumrah’s five wickets came in the final session of the fourth day. The pacer dismissed England captain Joe Root in the first session and was made to wait for long. But his second wicket of the match prove to be the most important one.Bumrah dismissed Jos Buttler, who scored his maiden century in the match, to break the stubborn 169-run stand between the batsman and Ben Stokes. He later went on to dismiss Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad.Trent Bridge Test: India need 1 wicket to win on final day vs EnglandIt was also Bumrah’s first match of the series. Bumrah has missed all of India’s matches in England before this match – 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests – after injuring his left thumb in the first T20I against Ireland in Dublin.India vs England, 3rd Test, Day 4: HighlightsBumrah’s first five-wicket haul came against South Africa in the away series earlier this year. In the Johannesburg Test, Bumrah snared five for 54 in the first innings as India won the match by 63 runs.Here’s how bumrah took his five wickets:24.3 – J. Bumrah to Joe RootOUT! This is a tremendous catch by KL Rahul. India have improved exceptionally well with their catching in this Test match, especially in the slip cordon. A needless push by Root though. He batted well so far, was very cautious while leaving deliveries outside his off stump. But this time he got sucked into one. Bumrah serves it on a back of a length outside off, holding its line, Root tries to punch it off his back foot but gets a fat outside edge behind to second slip. It’s travelling and KL Rahul stationed there does nicely to stretch his hands out to his right to grab the catch. He straightaway runs in joy and does a ‘Delle Alli challenge’ celebration towards one of his teammates in the dressing room.advertisement82.3 – J. Bumrah to Jos ButtlerOUT! It’s out! Buttler walks after a magnificent innings. He managed to keep the Indian bowlers at bay along with Stokes with a record-breaking 169-run partnership. Coming to the ball – It was fullish around off, coming in with the angle and Buttler left it. That was his undoing. The ball kept on coming in and hit him on his knee roll. Bumrah started celebrating straightaway and the umpire raises his finger without any doubt in his mind. Buttler goes for a desperate review. The replays roll in. It is just clipping the top of the stumps and that’s all Bumrah and India need. A breakthrough for the tourists after what felt like ages.Jos Buttler, dropped on 1 by Rishabh Pant, slams maiden Test hundred82.4 – J. Bumrah to J. BairstowOUT! Two in two. Are you kidding me? What a peach to bowl to a new batsman. This is unplayable. Bairstow has no chance of getting any bat to it. He lands one on a length around off and gets it to straighten from there. Bairstow plays the line but the ball goes past the outside edge of his bat and rattles the off pole. England, all of a sudden, six down and they are still 290 runs behind.84.4 – J. Bumrah to C. WoakesOUT! Gone! Another one bites the dust. Bumrah is on fire. Unplayable this. He digs in a short bat, targeting the grille of Woakes. Pandya mentioned in an interview that Woakes has a problem with the short ball and Bumrah kept that in his mind. He puts Woakes in a tangle who tries to evade it but does not get his bat out of the way. The ball kisses his gloves and Pant takes a jumping catch behind.96.2 – J. BUMRAH TO S. BROADOUT! Gone, this time he is gone. Finally the 5-fer Bumrah was waiting for, his second in this format. What a performance from the comeback man. He has ran through England’s lower-order with the second new ball ever so easily.last_img read more

Report: Barcelona 2 Alaves 1

first_imgBarcelona 2 Alaves 1: Suarez and Messi turn tables on brave visitors Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 1/29/18 LionelMessi - cropped Getty Images John Guidetti had Alaves heading towards a famous win at Camp Nou before Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi brought them crashing back to reality. Lionel Messi assumed the familiar role of hero as Barcelona averted a Camp Nou scare to beat struggling Alaves 2-1 in LaLiga.Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 win over Las Palmas earlier on Sunday placed a modicum of pressure on Ernesto Valverde’s runaway leaders and it seemed to weigh upon them in a ragged first-half showing.Philippe Coutinho made his full debut, but it was a more unheralded January signing, Alaves’ Celta Vigo loanee John Guidetti, who threatened the upset with a fortuitous 23rd-minute opener. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Abelardo Fernandez’s side remain two points above the drop zone and were left to rue missed chances by the time Luis Suarez netted for the eighth top-flight match in succession with 18 minutes to play.Typically, it fell to Messi to apply the coup de grace as he curled a delightful free-kick home in the 84th minute to spark raucous celebrations.Barcelona remain undefeated and 11 points clear on their apparent procession to LaLiga glory.Final whistle!FC Barcelona 2-1 AlavésSuárez and Messi / Guidetti#ForçaBarça #BarçaAlavés pic.twitter.com/5nINj7VMsT — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 28, 2018 Coutinho was lively in the opening stages but looked on as Barca’s old guard fashioned an opening in the 15th minute – Messi dropping deep and exchanging slick passes with Andres Iniesta and Suarez before forcing a clearance behind.Alaves sprung forward from the corner and Marc-Andre ter Stegen was out sharply to deny Ibai Gomez. It was a warning Barca did not heed.Fernando Pacheco saved low down from Suarez a few moments before Alaves streamed into a vacant Barcelona half on the counter-attack.Guidetti bore down on Ter Stegen and enjoyed a touch of fortune as he lost his footing and kicked the ball against his other boot, the result leaving the Germany goalkeeper with no chance.Ter Stegen arched his back to brilliantly keep out a header from Ruben Sobrino, who then ran out of steam having dribbled from halfway into the Barca box to get a shot away.Coutinho almost found a response when his 32nd-minute effort was deflected wide, while Messi saw an angled free-kick pushed over before Pacheco tipped his next dead-ball attempt against the post to preserve Alaves’ unlikely advantage at the interval.Seven minutes into the second half, Valverde opted to replace his full-backs, with Jordi Alba and Sergio Roberto on in place of the largely ineffective Lucas Digne and Nelson Semedo.Their introduction added another dimension to Barca’s attacking play, but Messi was crowded out when he looked to convert Alba’s cutback from the byline.Ibai should have given Valverde’s men a mountain to climb after the hour when he broke through on goal, only to cut back on himself and play in full-back Ruben Duarte, whose rasping shot was deflected behind by Gerard Pique.Paco Alcacer replaced Coutinho in the hosts’ final change and Pacheco judged his angles perfectly in the 68th minute, standing up to thwart Suarez after Messi threaded a delightful pass through Duarte’s legs.Paulinho was unable to bundle in when a roaming Pique caused havoc in the Alaves box, but the pressure eventually [email protected] games in a row scoring in @LaLiga !W. 21 Alavés -W. 20 Betis -W.19 Real Sociedad -W.18 Levante -W.17 Real Madrid -W.16 Deportivo -W.15 Villarreal -W.14 Celta – pic.twitter.com/KdePHQDtrT — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 28, 2018 Iniesta rolled back the years, embarking on a jinking run before sending a searching cross to the back post, where Suarez’s volley took a pair of deflections to spin beyond a helpless Pacheco.Mubarak Wakaso clattered into Alcacer on the edge of the box, leaving a sense of inevitability when Messi stood over the consequent set-piece six minutes from time, though that did not make his decisive strike any less exquisite.Alaves felt aggrieved when handball claims against Samuel Umtiti were rejected following a late raid into the area, but, for all the visitors’ gallant efforts, earlier wasted opportunities meant they only had themselves to blame. Key Opta facts:- Barcelona have equaled their longest unbeaten start to a league campaign in their history (W18 D3); under Pep Guardiola in 2009-10 (W17 D4 L0).- Lionel Messi has scored 21 direct free-kick goals in LaLiga, more than any other player since at least 2003-04 (Cristiano Ronaldo, 20).- Luis Suarez is the first player to score in eight games in a row in the top five European leagues this season (11 goals).- The Uruguay striker has registered his longest goalscoring run in league (LaLiga, Premier League and Eredivisie).- Barcelona have won more points from losing positions than any other side in La Liga this season (12). read morelast_img read more