Jasprit Bumrah‘s outstanding performance thrilled the enthusiastic crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during India’s crucial 2023 World Cup match against Pakistan.
Bumrah had a great day, taking 2 wickets while giving only 19 runs in 7 overs. He used a remarkable slower ball to dismiss Mohammad Rizwan at 49 on Saturday. Pakistan’s innings ended at 191 in 42.5 overs in Ahmedabad.
He started with a remarkable opening spell, giving away only 14 runs and even managing a maiden over. Bumrah then rattled the Pakistani middle-order with a sensational burst during the middle overs.
Pakistan was looking strong when Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam put together an 82-run partnership for the third wicket, bringing their total to 155 for 2.
But the turning point came in the middle overs when Mohammed Siraj started a batting collapse by dismissing Pakistan’s captain, who had achieved his first fifty against India in ODI cricket.
The downward spiral began in the 33rd over when Kuldeep Yadav took crucial wickets, dismissing Saud Shakeel and Iftikhar Ahmed in quick succession, causing confusion in the Pakistani middle order. Jasprit Bumrah then added to Pakistan’s troubles.
Jasprit Bumrah used a slower ball to get Mohammad Rizwan out in Ahmedabad
Pakistan had their hopes pinned on Mohammad Rizwan, who was nearing a half-century and could have helped his team achieve a competitive total. However, that’s when Bumrah delivered a magical ball that changed the course of the game.
In his second spell during the 34th over, Bumrah executed a mesmerizing slower ball. This off-cutter found its way through the space between the bat and the pad, leaving Mohammad Rizwan baffled as it hit the off-stump.
Jasprit Bumrah’s slower balls have once again claimed a victim, with Mohammad Rizwan falling prey to this magical delivery. Previously, Bumrah used a slower-ball bouncer to dismiss Rashid Khan in India’s significant victory over Afghanistan, showcasing his skill after recovering from a lengthy injury absence.
In the following over, Jasprit Bumrah delivered another brilliant performance. This time, he bowled a quicker delivery that landed and moved away before gently touching the top of the off-stump.
Shadab Khan, considered one of the top all-rounders, was left puzzled as to how his edge was evaded by the delivery. It’s worth noting that Jasprit Bumrah’s slower ball became prominent during the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test series against Australia.
He used a clever slower delivery to outwit Shaun Marsh, leading to an LBW dismissal on a crucial Day 3 of the 3rd Test.
Two years later, during a thrilling Test at Lord’s against England, Ollie Robinson fell victim to a sensational slower ball from Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah made a late spell appearance on Day 5 and managed to outfox the lower-order batsman.
In the match against Pakistan, Jasprit Bumrah achieved figures of 2 wickets for 19 runs in 7 overs, as Pakistan was bowled out for 191 without utilizing their full 50 overs.
With this performance, Bumrah has increased his World Cup 2023 wicket count to 8 in 3 matches. He secured 2 wickets against Australia in Chennai, 4 against Afghanistan in Delhi, and an additional 2 against Pakistan, establishing himself as the top pace bowler in the tournament.