LONDON (AP) – Jasprit Bumrah knew it was his time and India’s captain Virat Kohli would not stand in his way.
England’s fragile batting lineup was beginning to creak shortly after lunch on the fifth day of a fascinating fourth Test at the Oval, so Bumrah seized the opportunity.
“Jasprit just said, ‘Give me the ball,'” Kohli said. “And he cast that six-on spell … that completely changed the momentum at our side.”
Bumrah, who rolled at speeds of 144 kph (90 mph) and often took a docile tone out of the equation with his yorkers, Bumrah produced one of the spells of his burgeoning test career to bring about another English collapse, from 100-0 to 210 total. and a 157-race victory for India in South London on Monday.
India took a 2-1 lead with one test remaining in a fascinating series to be decided at Old Trafford, Manchester, starting on Friday. All the momentum is with the tourists again as they look to win a test series in England for the fourth time.
“We have everything we need to win: the confidence, the team,” Kohli said.
And, in Bumrah, a rhythm bowler who is shaping up to be a great Indian.
Figures of 2-27 in 22 overs, which saw him hit 100 proving grounds faster than any previous Indian runner before, seemed unfathomable on a field that offered little to the closers in the first four days of testing.
Certainly Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow didn’t know what hit them after Bumrah threw them on successive outings. That helped England, who had set a 368 record to win, falling from 141-2 to 147-6 in a game-changing 36-ball span.
“It was a brilliant bowling spell from Bumrah,” England captain Joe Root said. “That was really the turning point in the game.
“That was world class bowling. He saw an opportunity in the game and he performed very well.
A game that seemed headed for a draw suddenly became an inevitable victory for the Indians.
It was secured 40 minutes after tea when Umesh Jadav (3-60) took a lead behind Jimmy Anderson (2) and Kohli ran to the center, roaring with joy. The celebrations were stopped by desperate criticism from Anderson, but when a spike appeared at UltraEdge, Kohli and his players were really able to jump for joy.
Kohli ripped out a stump and pointed it in the direction of the fans in India. Or were they English? After all, Kohli hadn’t been shy about responding to home fans, cupping his ear, and even mimicking playing the flute as England grounds fell.
He was hyperactive all day, always in the umpires’ ears and always applauding his bowlers.
“He’s definitely in the top three bowling performances I’ve seen as a captain,” Kohli said of his team.
“It’s absolutely a great momentum boost, because we’ve been here for a long time. It gives us more motivation to go out and try to win the next one too ”.
Avoiding defeat at Old Trafford would cause the India class of 2021 to emulate the winners of the 1971, 1986 and 2007 England Test series.
And they have the momentum after a second win on the fifth day of the series, after the second test at Lord’s also with an English batting collapse to 120 in two sessions.
Root’s team will have to recover for another test starting in just four days and there will be some tired bodies in the England dressing room, including 39-year-old Anderson and Ollie Robinson. They have played all four events in a depleted attack without Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone and the all-rounder Ben Stokes.
Stokes’ 135 inspired England’s previous highest running chase in test cricket, defeating 359 to beat Australia at Headingley in 2019.
Even more was needed on Monday, but Indian bowling was too good.
England started the day under bright skies and 77-0, requiring 291 more runs to set a new national record. All three results were open, but it was clear from the lunch scoring rate reduction that a rearguard effort would be required.
Rory Burns (50) was the first batter out, a ball after they both reached their half-century and brought up the 100-run partnership for the first wicket, when he beat Shardul Thakur.
And Dawid Malan’s run of 5, wrongly attempting a fast single with Haseeb Hameed, curbed any England ambitions before that half-hour period when the game turned away from them.
Hameed’s departure started the collapse – the first match was thrown by secondary player Ravindra Jadeja for 63 – and then Bumrah took over.
He sent one through Pope’s door (2) before his best yorker ever splashed onto the Bairstow stumps.
Moeen Ali joined Bairstow to get a duck and then came Root’s big wicket (36), who played from a looser outside from Thakur’s stump.
That made it 182-7 and the end was near for England.
“It shows that if you give them a half snort, they will kick the door open,” England coach Chris Silverwood said. “They made life very difficult for us. I have to give India credit today, they were excellent. “
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