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ENG vs IND Cricket Scorecard (test)

1st Test test, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, 5th Day, 2nd Session

England

1st INN

578/10

(190.1) RR 3.04

2nd INN

178 /10

(46.3) 3.83

England Joe Root (C)
England beat India by 227 runs
India Virat Kohli (C)

India

1st INN

337/10

(95.5) RR 3.52

2nd INN

192 /10

(58.1) RR 3.3

India vs England: WATCH - Jasprit Bumrah's Perfect Yorker Nearly Catches Out Ben Stokes

Jasprit Bumrah bowled a picture perfect yorker but didn't come away with his third wicket of the game.

India vs England: WATCH - Jasprit Bumrah's Perfect Yorker Nearly Catches Out Ben Stokes

It's fair to say that the first Test between India and England at Chennai has thus far been more pleasing for the visitors than it is for the hosts. Skipper Joe Root's commanding ton saw England cross the 300-run mark on Day 2 and despite the pitch beginning to offer something for the slow bowlers, India's spinners have been unable to take much advantage thus far. Nevertheless, India's bowlers have had their moments when luck didn't quite go their way and never was this more evident than when pacer Jasprit Bumrah bowled a picture perfect yorker and didn't come away with his third wicket of the game.

Bumrah, whose ability to bowl yorkers on the regular is well-known, managed to bowl an excellent one to Ben Stokes but the southpaw surivived by the skin of his teeth, managing to get a bit of the bat's bottom edge to ensure it didn't cannon onto the stumps.

Bumrah, who is playing his Test first at home, had said on Friday that it was tough to bowl on flat pitches like that of MA Chidambaram Stadium under the new Covid-19 rules that bar the use of saliva to work on the ball.

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"Over here, the ball did become soft after a while and when the wicket is on the flatter side and the bounce is less, you are left with limited options. You are trying to figure out what you can do with limited things (options) on hand. Yes, it is limited -- when the ball becomes soft and doesn't shine really well -- because of the new Covid rules that says we can't use saliva. So, it is very difficult during that time to maintain the ball," Bumrah, 27, told the media on Thursday.

The India bowlers struggled to get wickets as England ended the first day at 263 for three. Bumrah picked two of those wickets (2/40 in 18.3 overs), including one in the last over of the day. Both his dismissals were leg-before-wicket decisions and it seemed the ball had come into the batsmen.

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"When the wicket is on the flatter side -- because of new Covid rules -- there are very limited options to shine the ball. In the India the ball gets scuffed up. To make the ball reverse you have to make one side heavy. Sometimes with the sweat it doesn't really serve the purpose. You can't make one side heavy. But this is the rule of the game right now. We have to make do with what we have," he said, explaining the challenge of bowling on flat tracks under current circumstances.

Bumrah, who had played all his previous 17 Test matches overseas and taken 79 wickets, called his home Test debut interesting.



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