Spearheading the Indian attack Bumrah bowled a total of 23.3 overs in which he picked five wickets and conceded just 42.
After making his Test debut at Newlands in Cape Town in 2018, the ground still continues to be a good hunting ground for India’s premier seamer Jasprit Bumrah. The speedster scalped five wickets in the South African first innings of the third Test as the hosts were bundled out for 210 in the final session of Day 2, handing India a lead of 13 runs.
Spearheading the Indian attack, Bumrah bowled a total of 23.3 overs in which he picked five wickets and conceded just 42 runs. South Africa captain Dean Elgar was Bumrah’s first victim, as he was packed for 3 in the closing stages of the opening day.
Resuming from where he left, Bumrah provided India with a perfect start on Day 2, cleaning up Aiden Markram off the second delivery. His wicket tally also included the vital wicket of Keegan Petersen, who scored 72 and emerged as the leading run-scorer from the South African camp.
Apart from the trio, Bumrah scalped the wickets of Marco Jansen and Lungi Ngidi. This was Bumrah’s seventh five-wicket-haul in Tests. The 28-year-old now holds the record for the joint-most five-wicket hauls by an Indian seamer after 27 Tests and finds himself in the elite company of Kapil Dev and Irfan Pathan.
This is also the third time an Indian bowler has completed a five-wicket haul in Cape Town. Harbhajan Singh claimed 7/120 at this venue in 2010/11 and in other innings of the same match, Sreesanth grabbed 5/114.
Bumrah had sent out an emotional tweet ahead of the series decider in Cape Town. “Cape Town, January 2018 – is where it all began for me in Test cricket. Four years on, I’ve grown as a player and a person and to return to this ground brings back special memories,” the seamer wrote.
Four years ago, Bumrah had received a surprise call for the India-South Africa 2018 Test series. Ever since, the 28-year-old has witnessed a phenomenal rise as has emerged to be one of India’s best bowlers in the format.