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Jasprit Bumrah thrilled to outsmart Hashim Amla in five-wicket haul

Jasprit Bumrah took the vital wickets of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock before wiping out the tail to restrict South African cricket team to a lead of seven runs in the first innings.

cricket Updated: Jan 26, 2018 09:54 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times, Johannesburg
India vs South Africa,Indian cricket team,South African cricket team
Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah (R) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Lungi Ngidi during the second day of the third test match between South Africa and India at Wanderers cricket ground on January 25, 2018 in Johannesburg. (AFP)

Indian cricket team seamer Jasprit Bumrah said sticking to the basics and not giving into the temptation of trying harder on a spicy Wanderers pitch helped take his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. (Day 2 report) (Highlights)

Bumrah took the vital wickets of Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock before wiping out the tail to restrict South Africa to a lead of seven runs in the first innings.

“On such wickets there is always a temptation that you try harder or get more wickets. So at such times you have to stay in control and bowl disciplined lines. You have to tell self if you bowl good lines the wickets will come,” said Bumrah after the second day’s play.

Pick of his wickets was Hashim Amla. Bumrah said his shuffling prompted him to bowl fuller. “The ball was doing so much that he was trying to do something else. That was working for him. We thought we will probably use one fuller ball straight up,” he said.

Amla agreed the pitch has been difficult to bat on. “I always say it’s a bowlers’ game. But the wickets have been pretty tough to bat on. It’s nice we are coming on this type of wicket 2-0 up.

“So it does help in that respect, but there’s nothing you can do about it. Try your best and get as many runs as possible when you are batting.”

Bumrah came up the ranks as a great option in limited-overs cricket, but has been a revelation in this series. The seamer said not worrying about opinions and asking seniors for advice on how to bowl in Tests helped make the transition.

“It’s very good people have opinions, but my basic aim was that wherever I go, I focus in the present moment. This is red-ball cricket right now, so (see) what works in red-ball cricket and try to ask questions to all successful bowlers what has worked for them. All senior bowlers have advised me to keep things simple,” he said.

With the cracks widening, the pitch may turn worse to bat on the last two days, but Amla has faith that South Africa can chase down any total. “It’s very evenly poised. They (India) are 30-40 (42) ahead, anything can happen tomorrow morning. Even if we have to chase 300, it’s fine because we have to do our best to get there.”

First Published: Jan 25, 2018 23:14 IST