Despite England’s late fightback, Jasprit Bumrah is pleased with India’s bowling performance.
The 24-year-old found lethal swing to hassle the England top order. The hosts’ top six were toppled for 86 runs, with Bumrah picking up the wickets of Keaton Jennings (0) and Jonny Bairstow (6).
England fought back through Sam Curran (78) and Moeen Ali (40) to save the day, but they were all out for 246, a total India are pleased with.
‘If you’d told us in the morning that we’d get them out for 250, we’d have taken that any day,’ said Bumrah at the close of play on day one. ‘We had them 80 for five, but they played well too. You can’t be too greedy and expect too much: “Oh, they’re 80 for five, so you should get them out for 100”. We’re happy with this score and if we bat well, it will help us going forward.
‘When we started in the morning, there was a lot of seam movement and swing. We also wanted to bat first. So that [movement] was a little more than we expected. We thought there would be a little help but this was more than we expected.’
‘You don’t want to try too much in that case. It’s always better for the bowlers to stick to a line and length, and that helps you get wickets. As a bunch when you’re getting wickets, it’s always good. You can create pressure from both ends,’ concluded the speedster.