Team India have taken the driver’s seat in the rescheduled fifth Test against England at the end of Day 2 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. After posting a mammoth 416 runs on the board, they have reduced the hosts to 84/5 at stumps on Saturday. Meanwhile, during the second day’s play former India captain Virat Kohli was seen miffed with the umpires for stopping fast bowler Mohammed Shami very late in his delivery stride.
The incident took place on the first delivery of the fourth over of the England batting innings just after the dismissal of the opener Alex Lees. It had started drizzling in Birmingham, however, the umpires thought that the play could be continued.
Shami came steaming in to Zak Crawley, however, the umpire at the non-striker’s end, Aleem Dar put his hand out but it was too late as the Indian pacer was already near the crease. Crawley was quick to move sideways but Mohammed Shami was in his motions and he delivered the ball.
However, Virat Kohli wasn’t too happy with the call as he chirped, “Ball ke beech mein kaise bol sakta hai? (How can he say in the middle of a delivery?)” He was later seen speaking to the umpires as the cricketers walked back to the dreassing room.
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England under pressure at the end of Day 2
India resumed Day 2 of the fifth Test against England on Saturday at 338/7, with Ravindra Jadeja 17 short of a Test hundred. The left-hander got to the landmark with a crunching boundary off England pacer Matthew Potts.
The all-rounder was dismissed for 104 by James Anderson. However, Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah came up with a swashbuckling batting display (31* off 16) to push India past 400 in their first innings of the Birmingham Test. He hammered Stuart Broad for 29 runs in one over. Overall, 35 runs came off the England’s pacer over, the most expensive ever in Test cricket.
After his heroics with the willow, Bumrah dislodged the top three batters in England’s line-up to leave the hosts reeling at 44/3. Mohammed Siraj then claimed the big scalp of Joe Root (31) while Mohammed Shami dismissed nightwatchman Jack Leach (0) as England went to stumps at 84/5.