Bumrah said, “It was a good challenge for us that we came under pressure.” “We lost a few wickets early on. We had to work hard in the field as well. We had to work hard. So yes, the result. Very happy with.”
England, looking for their second win of the tournament, made a good start in their chase, with openers Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow taking them to 30 runs inside the first five overs. But in the fifth over, Bumrah opened the scoring for England, chopping Malan and getting Joe Root LBW on consecutive balls.
Bumrah said his plan was to try to find some swing with the new ball, but with nothing on offer he turned to tougher lengths to see movement off the pitch.
“Normally when you bowl with the new ball, the first thing you do is look for swing if there is some swing. Otherwise you just try to hit a tough length and make it as difficult as possible,” Bumrah said. “So there was a little bit of swing, but not too much on my part.
“Then I tried to seam the ball more and that was helping a bit. So then I started bowling seam.”
While Bumrah took three wickets, Shami stole the show by taking four wickets, which included the wickets of Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali.
“He (Shami) is excellent. You know, he is one of the legends of the game,” Bumrah said. “I think he has always been very calm. He doesn’t look flashy, but the way he was bowling, it was as if he was playing a Test match and (it) was really amazing to watch.”
“Normally we have played a lot of partnerships in Test match cricket and I really enjoy bowling with him. So yes, I am really happy with the way he is progressing.”
Bumrah returned from injury in August after spending more than a year out due to a stress reaction in his back. He admitted that he had heard questions about whether his career would be cut short by fitness concerns, but said he was not bothered by all the speculation.
“My wife (TV sports presenter Sanjana Ganesan) also works in the sports-media department. Yes, I have heard a lot of question marks over my career that I will never come back and all that, but that is actually not the case, “Bumrah said. “I am very happy. I came back and realized how much I loved playing the game. “I wasn’t chasing anything.”
“When I came back from injury it was a great atmosphere. So yeah, ultimately I’m looking at the positives and trying to enjoy it as much as I can.”