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[Watch] Jasprit Bumrah Traps Bairstow LBW Before Lunch To Put India On Top in Vizag Test

image-ls8jk4euTeam India celebrates after dismissing Jonny Bairstow (Twitter)

In the ongoing second Test of the five-match series against England in Vizag, Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah provided a crucial breakthrough, dismissing Jonny Bairstow on Day 4 before lunch. Despite a six-wicket haul in the first innings, Bumrah faced a challenging spell in the second innings, going more than 11 overs without a wicket. However, his persistence paid off at a critical juncture in the match.

Bumrah's key wicket of Bairstow brings India closer to levelling the series

Bairstow, struggling to find form in the series, appeared to be gaining momentum, scoring 26 runs off 36 balls. His innings, marked by positive play and a hint of aggression, was abruptly halted by Bumrah's strategic brilliance.

The dismissal occurred in the 43rd over, a masterclass in seam bowling by Jasprit Bumrah, who delivered a length ball outside off. The ball veered back in sharply, catching Bairstow unprepared on the back pad as he attempted to defend from within his crease. 

Beaten by the ball's inside edge, Bairstow was adjudged out, a decision confirmed upon review with ball-tracking technology indicating the ball just clipping the leg stump—upholding the on-field Umpire's call.

This dismissal proved crucial, halting England's momentum right before lunch was called. At Lunch on Day 4, England is 194/6 after 42.4 overs. With the England team losing a key batsman, the pressure has mounted on the visitors. Captains Ben Stokes and Ben Foakes are left with the herculean task of stabilizing the innings, both yet to face a ball at the lunch break.

Earlier in the session, Kuldeep Yadav removed Zak Crawley on 73. Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin snapped three crucial breakthrough, and Axar Patel provided India with their first wicket of the day.  

India's positioning in the match, needing only four more wickets to clinch victory, contrasts with England's challenging position, requiring another 205 runs. Bumrah's crucial wicket of Bairstow has set the stage for an intense battle in the sessions to follow, with India eyeing to level the series 1-1.