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Updated January 3rd, 2024 at 12:28 IST

Jasprit Bumrah nails R Ashwin's bowling action in nets ahead of IND vs SA 2nd Test - Watch

India seeks redemption in the second Test at Newlands after losing the first Test to South Africa. Jasprit Bumrah mimics R Ashwin in nets.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
Jasprit Bumrah mimics Ashwin in nets
Jasprit Bumrah mimics Ashwin in nets | Image:X/screengrab/ @StarSportsIndia
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It should be a challenging and significant clash in the series when South Africa and India play their second and final Test match at Newlands Cricket Ground. India will attempt to even the Test series after South Africa defeated them by an innings and 32 runs to grab a 1-0 lead in the series. The match, which is scheduled for January 3–7, is expected to showcase excellent cricket as both teams battle for the win. The exciting atmosphere surrounding this highly anticipated game is expected to be enhanced by the challenging playing conditions and the picturesque surroundings of Newlands Cricket Ground.

3 things you need to know 

  • India lost the 1st test by an innings and 32 runs 
  • India won the ODI series against SA with a 2-1 lead
  • The T20I series between both teams ended in a draw

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Jasprit Bumrah imitates R Ashwin during nets session ahead of the final Test

Ahead of the Cape Town Test against South Africa, Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah added some lighter fun to the nets by accurately replicating off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling movement.

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The second Test of the two-match series is scheduled for Newlands in Cape Town, with India hoping to rebound from a humiliating innings and 32-run defeat in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

The Indian squad has been working hard in the nets in preparation for the key encounter. Bumrah, on the other hand, brought a sense of levity to the practice session by impersonating Ashwin's bowling motion. The funny encounter was recorded in a video released by Star Sports' X account, highlighting the camaraderie among the Indian camp ahead of the crucial Test match. The caption read: 

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“Hey Ash, is that you? 🤔 @Jaspritbumrah93 could fool anybody with this uncanny imitation of @ashwinravi99 in the #TeamIndia nets! 😂 Name another bowler you'd love to see the pacer mimic. 😉.”

Also Read: Team India's record against SA in Cape Town

India's standout bowler in the first Test of the series against South Africa in Centurion was Jasprit Bumrah. In 26.4 overs, the right-arm pacer demonstrated his accuracy and talent by scoring 4/69. Bumrah made significant contributions by firing Keegan Petersen and Tony de Zorzi and then clearing the room for Kagiso Rabada and Nandre Burger.

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Though India scored 245 in the first innings, South Africa responded with a challenging total of 408, which presented difficulties for the other Indian bowlers. Shardul Thakur finished with stats of 1/101 from 19 overs, while Prasidh Krishna, making his debut, let up 93 runs in 20 overs but was able to take one wicket.

Ravichandran Ashwin finished with stats of 1/41 from 19 overs, while Mohammed Siraj provided 2/91 in 24 overs. In the first Test, the Indian bowling team had to contend with a strong South African batting lineup despite Bumrah's outstanding performance. To tie the series, the squad would hope for a better overall performance in the next Cape Town Test, starting this Wednesday.

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Published January 3rd, 2024 at 12:28 IST

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