|India 416: Pant 146, Jadeja 104; Anderson 5-60|
|England 84-5: Root 31; Bumrah 3-34|
|England are 332 runs behind|
Jasprit Bumrah’s incredible all-round display put England under huge pressure on the second day of the fifth Test against India at Edgbaston.
Bumrah took the first three wickets, before the crucial late loss of Joe Root was followed by the departure of nightwatchman Jack Leach to leave England 84-5, 332 behind.
Stand-in captain Bumrah had earlier crashed Stuart Broad for the most expensive over in Test cricket history, costing 35 runs.
With Ravindra Jadeja completing a fine century, India were bowled out for 416 – James Anderson picking up two of the wickets to fall on Saturday morning for figures of 5-60.
Bumrah removed Alex Lees, the struggling Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope, before India were stalled by a two-hour break for rain – the third lengthy delay of the day.
Evening sunshine gave India a bonus hour in which Root and Leach fell, leaving Jonny Bairstow unbeaten on 12 and skipper Ben Stokes on nought.
The tourists lead the series 2-1, with this match rescheduled from September last year after the original fifth Test was postponed because of a Covid-19 scare in the India camp.
New England under pressure
Given all that happened on this soggy Saturday, it is hard to believe the rain allowed only 38.5 overs of play.
England found themselves in trouble in all of the three Tests they won against New Zealand and they will have to draw on all of their new-found resilience to come through this situation.
India were always likely to pose a more complex challenge than New Zealand, and the momentum has been with them since they recovered from 98-5 on the first afternoon.
Bumrah is unorthodox but one of the most skilful fast bowlers in the game. Buoyed by his batting and kept fresh by the rain breaks, he made light of the slow pitch to carve through England’s top order.
He found a huge gap in Lees’ defence and bowled the left-hander, before Crawley was suckered into an all too familiar edge to be held at third slip.
Crawley is comfortably the new England regime’s biggest problem. Stokes has offered his unequivocal backing, but the Kent man’s highest score in 11 innings is 43 and the repeated nature of his loose driving outside off stump hints at a player who is not learning.
When Pope chased a very wide one to slice to second slip, Root and Bairstow, England’s batting stars of the summer, were reunited for another rescue job.
Aided firstly by the rain, they were making steady progress when play finally resumed at 18:00, even if Root was unusually loose outside off stump and Bairstow a becalmed version of the batter that blitzed New Zealand.
But with Root on 31, Mohammed Siraj got one to cut back, too close for an attempted cut, resulting in a glove behind.
Leach was dropped off his first ball, then edged Shami behind off his fifth, meaning Stokes had to come out in the penultimate over of the day.
Brilliant Bumrah’s moment of history
While Stokes’ approach to captaincy has been refreshing, even he has failed to shake off his predecessors’ baffling habit of approaching tailend partnerships by bowling bouncer after bouncer with fielders scattered around the boundary.
Time and again, the tactic has failed England. And yet, on Saturday morning, when Jadeja resumed on 83 and with Shami yet to get off the mark, Jadeja was faced with as many as seven men on the rope and Shami regularly only faced one or two balls in an over.
England’s approach finally bore fruit when Shami ramped to third man for Broad’s 550th Test wicket, but by then Jadeja had cut Matthew Potts for four to go to his third Test hundred.
There were probably more runs out there for Jadeja, but he was bowled for 104 taking a swipe at Anderson.
England had India 375-9 and should have bowled them out for less than 400, yet what followed was some of the most chaotic, ridiculous Test cricket you could ever see.
As Broad pounded the ball into the middle of the pitch and Bumrah swung hard, England lost the plot.
Two sixes and four fours came off the historic over. One of the sixes came from a no-ball and one of the bouncers went for five wides.
With only one legal delivery bowled, Broad had already conceded 16 runs, the previous record for the most expensive over – 28 – was matched after four balls, and then Bumrah entered the record books with his second maximum.
A single scrambled off the final ball made a total of 35, and the mayhem was only ended when Anderson had last man Siraj held at mid-off.
‘Broad was rattled and England have not learned’ – reaction
England bowler James Anderson, speaking to the BBC: “We bowled pretty well. Huge credit to Jadeja and Pant. Sometimes you have to take your hat off to the opposition and obviously they have bowled well. It can be difficult when you have so many rain delays – it is which team can cope with that best, and they probably nudged us on that today.
“We have been in tight spots this summer and have always had people who would put their hand up and try and get us back into the game. We have got plenty of guys in the dressing room who will do that tomorrow.”
Former England batter Mark Ramprakash, on Test Match Special: “India have shown themselves to be top-class opponents with their resilience with the bat. Stuart Broad’s an experienced bowler but he was rattled by Jasprit Bumrah. England’s bowling tactics were wrong.
“Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have modest batting records and England have not learned their lesson from 12 months ago. It happened under Joe Root’s captaincy and now under Ben Stokes. It was extraordinary and gave them momentum when they came to bowl.”
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew: “I don’t think England have had a great game here, to be honest. Their tactics yesterday of having up to five slips at one point seemed excessive. To then bowl consistently short to numbers nine,10 and 11 – I don’t think that’s a good tactic at all. Try to bowl them out.”
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja: “Coming to England and scoring runs gives you a lot of satisfaction.
“We are on top right now but we still need to work hard and get a couple of early wickets tomorrow morning. We will keep bowling in good areas.”