Jasprit Bumrah blows England to smithereens


Aryan Surana

A red-hot bowling performance, spearhead by Jasprit Bumrah's career-best display, set up India's facile victory in the opening ODI against England at The Oval on Tuesday. Bumrah's 6 for 19 was supported ably by Mohammed Shami, who bagged 3 for 31 en route to becoming the joint third quickest to 150 wickets, as England were restricted to an exigent 110 – their lowest ODI total against India. Those who'd betted on Bumrah on gg.bet/en/esports must've had a field day.

An undefeated century stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan headlined India's reply, with the pair becoming the fourth to cross 5000 partnership runs for the opening wicket in the process. Rohit took a liking to the pull shot as he struck 6 fours and 5 sixes during his 58-ball 76, helping India register their maiden 10-wicket victory in ODIs against England.

Dhawan, who should have been run out of the first ball when Rohit took off in the search of a non-existent single after tapping the ball to short midwicket, got off to a slow start. He was 2 off 17, and eventually got going with a couple of cover drives off Reece Topley in the 7th over. The left-arm pacer was also pulled for a four by Rohit as he conceded 16.

Jamie Overton tried bowling short to Dhawan but was pulled for a four. Rohit was finding the fence regularly, welcoming Brydon Carse into the attack with a square drive for a four. Carse went up in appeal for leg-before and an England review ensued but the umpire's call went in favour of Rohit, who crossed 50 in 49 balls by hooking a short ball for another six. The openers registered their 18th century partnership as India won with 31.2 overs to spare.

Earlier, on a pitch that had plenty of bounce and some nip on offer, Bumrah rattled England with early strikes, dismissing four of the top six, after England were invited to have a crack. Having had Jason Roy in trouble with a few inswingers, he set the dismissal up well, bowling one slightly wide as the batter ended up chopping on. Joe Root probably expected the ball to swing in but it held the line and had some steep bounce and the No. 3 outside-edged it to Rishabh Pant. England were three down as Ben Stokes also departed without scoring – the second instance of three ducks among the top four for England in an ODI – when he got a feather to the 'keeper while trying to defend Shami who bustled in from round the wicket.

Bumrah snapped up his third, getting one to jag in to Bairstow and forcing an outside edge. Liam Livingstone also perished cheaply, getting far too across and exposing his stumps, getting bowled by a vicious inswinger from Bumrah.

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali played their shots as they tried to build a partnership. They added 27 before Moeen chipped a return catch to Prasidh Krishna. With Buttler being bounced out by Shami and Craig Overton losing his stumps, England were in absolute shambles at 68/8.

That they managed to huff and puff past 100 was thanks to a useful ninth wicket stand between David Willey and Brydon Carse. Reece Topley stepped out to hit a six off Yuzvendra Chahal but Willey (21), the second highest run-getter of the innings, was bowled by Bumrah, who registered the third best bowling figures for India in ODIs, as the hosts were shot out inside 26 overs.