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India vs Australia: Bumrah Relives That Superlative 19th Over at Vizag

Making his comeback to international cricket after a well-deserved break, Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah showed no signs of rustiness in the first T20I against Australia in Visakhapatnam.

Cricketnext Staff |February 25, 2019, 7:31 PM IST
India vs Australia: Bumrah Relives That Superlative 19th Over at Vizag

Making his comeback to international cricket after a well-deserved break, Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah showed no signs of rustiness in the first T20I against Australia in Visakhapatnam.

Defending 126, the 25-year-old bowled an exceptional 19th over, picking up two wickets for as many runs and brought the equation down to 14 off one over. Umesh Yadav, however, failed to defend those runs as Australia managed a three-wicket win in the final delivery to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Bumrah returned figures of 3 for 16 from his four overs that included 18 dot balls.

Talking to BCCI.tv after a "disappointing" loss, Bumrah recounted his brilliant penultimate over.

First ball to Handscomb (no run)

"It was a pressure situation, the game was evenly poised and we were trying to pull it back our way. Was speaking to a lot of seniors as well. It was an up and down wicket and to play the big shots was a little. So I bowled a back of a length delivery. He played across the line, he missed the ball so it was a dot."

Second ball to Handscomb (1 run)

"I wanted to do the same, but he stepped out and the ball went towards square leg and they took a single. It was still evenly poised so I was talking to the captain, vice-captain and MS (Dhoni)."

Third ball to Coulter-Nile (no run)

"Nathan Coulter-Nile was on strike. I changed the field a little bit and bowled a back of a length delivery. Execution was good on the day so I got another dot ball."

Fourth ball to Coulter-Nile (1 run)

"I was just thinking what should I do? Should I change or should I keep on doing the thing which is working? We thought of backing the same thing. So another back-of-length delivery because on these kinds of wickets, people usually feel we'll go yorker, yorker, yorker, but on up-and-down wickets, length balls are always very effective. Another single."

Fifth ball to Handscomb (out)

"The last two balls were there, so obviously it is very important to close off the over. I was just talking to the captain: what should I do, what do you (Kohli) think, what do I think. We were just discussing. Peter Handscomb was on strike. I knew he was going to take a chance off this ball, because obviously then it will be easier for them in the last over.

Just another thing that was going into my head was: why to change things if nothing is going wrong? So I was just trying to back the balls which I had bowled earlier. I knew he was trying to go for the big shot, so till the end, I tried to watch him - maybe he is going to step out, maybe try to give himself room. So I was just focussing on that. So I bowled a length ball, he tried to step out, it went up in the air, and it went towards Mahi bhai, who is always safe as houses. So we were in a very good position."

Sixth ball to Coulter-Nile (out)

"There was a little discussion about what do I do. Because everybody knew that this is going to be a very important ball, if we close off the over well this will help us to be in a very good position going into the last over. So we had some discussions with Virat and Rohit, but then we decided to back my strength. We had bowled a lot of length balls, so then we wanted to back my yorker, which I always do. Trying to execute that, and on the given day it was a good execution. I had a good day as I was very clear about what I wanted to execute. I would have been happier if we would have won this game."

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