After facing embarrassing defeats in the first two tests of the series against England, the Indian team finally found its lost mojo and played like the number 1 Test team on the planet. Playing against fifth-ranking England, the team had some problems with batting, but the bowlers matched up their pace to help the team win.
The young gun Jasprit Bumrah threw a hostile spell in the harsh English weather, taking 5 wickets in 29 overs, spending just 85 runs. Bumrah, who has just returned from an injury got a massive confidence boost with this spell. On the fourth day of the third test, he left much less to be desired with his impeccable performances and striking comeback on the field.
After the second new ball was ordered on the field, English batsmen Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler tried to put on a stiff resistance on the field trying to make way for the 311 runs at the fall of 9 wickets look more like a fighting situation. However, Bumrah was in another mood. In his second five-wicket spell in his fourth test match, he is turning out to be a valuable player for the Indian side who can turn the game around at a moment’s notice.
However, his penchant for no-balls came back to haunt him once again during the match. His fifth wicket could have been Adil Rashid who was caught by Kohli in the slips. However, he against bowled a no-ball because of which he had to wait a little longer. The wicket finally came in the form of Stuart Broad, who was caught by KL Rahul.
Talking to the media, he credited his return to hard work and his experience at Ranji trophy. Bumrah said, “When I was injured I was working on my fitness and my training schedules. I was always in touch with our trainers so that whenever I come (back) I should be in good space. All of that helps today.”
On the final day of the match, England needed 210 runs to win with just one wicket on hand. The Indian side went on field just to finish the formality of the final wicket. The victory at Trent Bridge came off rather easily as England made 7 runs in three overs before spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took the final wicket.
Ashwin struck out James Anderson, the feared English bowler who has had some great moments with the ball in all three tests. He didn’t prove to be as useful with the bat. The home team was also unable to take a 3-0 lead over the guests that would have given them a very dominant position in the series. The 5-match series now rests at a 2-1 score with the Indian side looking more confident with a 203-run win in the latest match.
The next two matches will be a close content in the series as England will try to take a winning advantage on India with a third win while India will try to continue with their momentum from the third match.