In a recent match between India and England, things got intense as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin gave a spirited send-off to Jonny Bairstow after Jasprit Bumrah dismissed him LBW. This incident marks the beginning of a heated phase in the Test series, reminiscent of previous encounters.
Bairstow’s Dismissal and Verbal Exchange
Bairstow’s departure came just four balls after Zak Crawley, in good form at 73 runs, was sent back by the Indian team. Facing Bumrah, Bairstow missed a crucial in-swinger and was given out. While walking off, Ashwin shouted something at Bairstow, who responded with a few words. The tense moment unfolded after Bairstow unsuccessfully reviewed the decision, with the ball-tracking showing Umpire’s Call on hitting the stumps.
Ashwin’s Resurgence and Approaches 500 Test Wickets
After a bit of a struggle in the previous innings, India’s premier off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, showcased top form in this match. He employed an around-the-wicket angle against England’s right-handed batters, consistently challenging both edges of the bat by pitching on the middle stump and angling the ball away.
Ashwin’s brilliance resulted in key wickets. He first dismissed Ollie Pope, who had been the hero in the last match, with a well-directed delivery that was caught superbly by Rohit Sharma at slips. Ashwin then faced off against Joe Root, taking multiple blows but eventually inducing a top-edge for an easy catch at third man.
Bairstow’s Review and England’s Struggle
Despite Bairstow’s attempt to challenge the decision through a review, it couldn’t alter his fate. He became the sixth English wicket to fall, with the team at 196 runs while chasing a target of 399.
The match showcased Ashwin’s skillful bowling and nearness to the milestone of 500 Test wickets. The series seems to be heating up, promising more exciting moments in the upcoming matches.