Jasprit Bumrah on track to match Shami

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah picks up two wickets in five overs, against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday, to start maiden World Cup campaign on a high.

India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah in action against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday.   -  AP

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah had a cracking start to his maiden World Cup. He pushed South Africa on the backfoot by dismissing openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) inside six overs in Southampton on Wednesday.

Undone by the pace in excess of 140 kmph, Amla got a thick outside edge in the second ball of Bumrah’s second over (3.2). The ball flew to Rohit Sharma at second slip.

Fourteen balls later (5.5), de Kock came a bit forward to execute a cover drive but the extra bounce and movement took him by surprise; another outside edge, this time to Virat Kohli at third slip.

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Appearing in his 50th ODI for India, Bumrah (2/13) took his wicket tally to 87 in the first PowerPlay. If he scalps four more, he will join Mohammed Shami in the list of most wickets by an Indian bowler after 50 games. Shami had 91.

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav, who is 44 ODIs old, already has 87 wickets. A good performance can push him to the top towards the middle of the tournament.

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