India vs Australia Test- Bumrah, Shami’s warning to Australia: Australian fans should be worried seeing Pink Ball in the hands of Indian fast bowlers. To state that they have looked deadly with Pink Ball would be an understatement.
Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj have been more than deadly – so dangerous that Australian A team players have just fear written all over their faces.
To put it into perspective – is the trio’s attack on Australia A’s batsman Harry Conway with a barrage of bouncers. Conway was eventually subbed out of the game on Saturday after reporting concussion symptoms post-game on Friday. It was the third concussion incident reported — Will Pucowski, Cameron Green and Harry Conway — from the Australian camp.
So is India too deadly with Pink ball or is Bumrah and Shami sending warning for a bouncer war in Adelaide?
Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Indian bowers declare bouncer war
Australia A had earlier bowled India out for 194 following a72-run stand for the tenth wicket between Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. India’s middle-order could not handle the pressure of the pink ball in the first innings on Friday. However, it was the Indian bowling which left the fans shocked.
With bouncer-after-bouncer mixed with deadly speed, the Indian quicks tore through the Australia A line up with Joe Burns, Sean Abbott, Ben McDermott, and Will Sutherland all departed for ducks.
Kerry O’Keeffe told Fox Sports: “These are the toughest yards in cricket, pink ball, after 10 o’clock at night.”
Both O’Keeffe and Brendan Julian, who were commentators for the game, had called for the declaration from Australian camp, rather than putting bowlers up to face bouncers under light.
The fact that both the commentators asked Indian bowlers not to go all the way against Australia A’s batting lower order, bears testament to the claim, how deadly Indian quicks have been in Sydney.
Australia will be vary of these vicious bouncers, especially by Shami and Bumrah.
Ind vs Aus 1st Test: Shami and Bumrah’s performance in tour games
The duo was rested for the first Practice game because of the fatigue they had been carrying after Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. They were included in the team for the 2nd game, where they have been too lethal with the new pink Kookaburra ball.
Bumrah bagged two wickets in nine overs with an economy of 3.70. He looked in his element on the Sydney pitch.
Shami, on the other hand, had chipped three wickets in 11 overs with an impressive economy of 2.60. Furthermore, in the ongoing second innings, he sent Australia’s opening pair cheaply, giving India and edge in the match.
With India’s test regular Ishant Sharma unfit for the series, it is good news for the team that their two main pacers are in good form. It also gives an insight that the Adelaide day-night Test will be a war between bowlers of two sides more than that of batsmen.
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