Last Update on: March 14th, 2022 at 11:43 am
Jasprit Bumrah picked up 5/24 on a rank turner on day 2 to bowl out Sri Lanka for a paltry 109 in their first innings of the second Test in Bengaluru. That he took those wickets on a rank turner made the feat even more special. The visitors are staring at another defeat and need to bat out of their skins to save or win the second test.
India came out with a better batting effort in the second innings scoring 303 before the declaration came from skipper Rohit Sharma. There were contributions from Sharma himself who scored 46 apart from Hanuma Vihari (35), Rishabh Pant (50) and Shreyas Iyer (67).
Addressing the press conference after the day’s play, Jasprit Bumrah opened up on his first fifer at home. He also has the most wickets in WTC 2021-23 with 38 scalps to his name so far.
“It feels good… When you play all three formats, you have to look after your body and you sometimes miss out on the home Tests. This was an opportunity and to be able to contribute towards the team’s success is always a great feeling,” said Bumrah during the virtual press conference.
He also kept a word on the Bengaluru pitch saying that the players should be ready for new challenges. The pitch showed signs of variable bounce and the two dismissals of Virat Kohli in the Test match testifies the fact that the batsmen are better of playing on the front foot than the back foot on this track.
You Will Not Get Flat Wickets Everywhere You Play: Jasprit Bumrah
“Everybody is finding a way and looking forward to contribute because they know if they score good runs on a tough wicket, then that will give them a lot of confidence. You will not get flat wickets everywhere you play, so whenever it’s a challenge, you are always looking forward to that challenge. Nobody is complaining about the wicket,” said the pacer.
Sri Lanka need another 419 runs to win this Test match after they were 28/1 at stumps on day 2.