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Jasprit Bumrah’s maiden five-wicket haul gives India fighting chance in 3rd Test

Jasprit Bumrah took 5/54 in the first innings of the third Test at Johannesburg to give Indian cricket team a chance of getting a positive result vs South Africa cricket team to end what has been a difficult series for Virat Kohli’s men.

cricket Updated: Jan 26, 2018 09:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Indian cricket team’s Jasprit Bumrah (R) celebrates the dismissal of South Africa cricket team batsman Hashim Amla during the second day of the third Test at Wanderers cricket ground in Johannesburg. Bumrah ended the innings with career-best figures of 5/54. (AFP)

Jasprit Bumrah recorded his best bowling performance in Tests by taking 5/54 off 18.5 overs against South Africa cricket team in the first innings of the third and final Test at Johannesburg on Thursday. (IND v SA updates)

It was the third best bowling figures recorded by an Indian cricket team pacer in South Africa after Javagal Srinath’s 6/76 at Port Elizabeth in the 2001-02 series, and 5/40 by S Sreesanth at Johannesburg in 2006-07. (IND v SA scorecard)

Four Indian pacers have claimed a five-wicket haul in South Africa, on eight occasions. Javagal Srinath achieved this feat thrice while Venkatesh Prasad and S Sreesanth did it twice before Jasprit Bumrah accomplished it at the Wanderers.

The emergence of Jasprit Bumrah as a serious contender for a spot in India’s Test starting XI has been one of the few positives of the South Africa tour for Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team.

They came into the final Test at Johannesburg having already lost the series 0-2, something that prompted coach Ravi Shastri to demand more preparation time for tough overseas tours.

Jasprit Bumrah’s previous best bowling figures of 3/39 came in the second Test match of the series at Cape Town.

The final Test at Johannesburg was the 13th instance in away Tests (and 16th instance overall) when all 10 wickets in an innings were taken by Indian pacers.

This was also the fifth time that Indian pacers had accounted for all 10 wickets in an innings in South Africa.

(With stats inputs from S.Pervez Qaiser)

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 20:50 IST