Indian pace bowler Jusprit Bumrah proved to be too good last time out as he tore through England to give India the lead going into the final test. Bumrah who took two wickets and swung the game in the favour of the Indian team in the test match was hailed as ‘world class’ by England captain Joe
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Root this week.
The 27-year-old who represents the Mumbai Indians in the IPL is a bag of tricks, he can move the ball both ways from over the wicket as well as round, he is devastating with a new ball and is also capable of testing batsmen with an older ball. Growing up Bumrah idolised Wasim Akram, Brett lee and Shoaib Akhtah, taking aspects off all their games to blend into his own. India have traditionally relied on spin bowlers, but now with Bumrah India can lay claim to having one of the best fast paced bowlers in the world.
Last time out India needed someone to step up and produce something special and Jasprit Bumrah was that man, with his stuttering run-up, distinctive bowling arm and noticeable wide release Bumrah delivered vicious Yorkers which the England batsmen struggled to deal as the 27-year-old brought up his 100th test wicket in the process.
It’s a credit to Jusprit Bumrah that despite only taking two wickets he was the man highlighted by Joe Root as the difference between the sides in the test match.
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All eyes will be on Old Trafford this Friday with the five-match series on a knife-edge with India leading 2-1. The key to the test match could well be if Jusprit Bumrah continues in current form. Pace bowler Bumrah goes into the final test as the key man for India, if he continues with his sensational reverse-swing bowling at speeds of 90 mph England may struggle to cope which could hand the series win over to India. If England lose the series, it would be the first time they have lost twice in the same summer since 1986.
The fifth and final test match takes place at the Emirates Old Trafford Manchester on Friday from 11am live on Sky Sports. England have to gamble in this fifth test, home advantage could play a major role especially for Jimmy Anderson who will be playing at his home ground. The forecast is a little mixed over the coming days, its currently sunny and hot and could well prove to be an Indian Summer for some.
Although India go into the test match in leading 2-1 the cricket betting odds suggest this is a wide-open event with England and India evenly matched in the market. The slight favourite for the event is currently the draw, which seems to be the most likely outcome according to the bookmakers. As ever popular betting markets like top batsman, top bowler and man of the match will be available in the lead up to the fifth and final test of this series between England and India.