Bhuvneshwar’s solid starts

Four overs, two wickets and an economy rate of 2.50, this is what Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled off as aggregate of his first overs in the T20I series between India and England.

Against some of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball like Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was able to emerge victorious. He had fabulous returns, especially in the first overs of the T20I series between India and England. Here’s a look:

2nd T20I: 1/5

Bhuvi did not take the new ball in the series opener and bowled the 2nd over instead. He bowled just 2 overs in the match and went for 15 runs as India did not have a big enough total on the board to defend.

However, from the next match onwards, he was on fire. Bhuvneshwar conceded just five runs in his first over of the second T20I while picking up the crucial wicket of Jos Buttler who was dismissed lbw by the swing bowler for a golden duck.

Bhuvneshwar conceded 28 runs from his 4 overs and picked up one wicket while bowling at an economy rate of 7 in the match as India went on to win by 7 wickets.

3rd T20I: 0/4

In the next match, Bhuvi was right on target with his in swingers and out swingers and conceded just four runs from his first. However, the Indian batsmen let the team down as they only managed 156.

England chased down the target in the penultimate over to win by 8 wickets. That though does not take anything away from Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s economy rate of 6.80.

4th T20I: 0/0

In the 4th match of the series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a maiden over, which is gold dust in T20I cricket. Jason Roy wasn’t able to get the hang of his inswing and outswing. All he could do was play out the over. Bhuvneshwar picked up one wicket in the match while conceding 30 runs from his four overs as India went on to win by 8 runs.

5th T20I: 1/1

With the series on the line, Bhuvi produced yet another masterclass in the final T20I and picked up the crucial wicket of Jason Roy. He conceded just one run from the first over of the innings.

Roy was bowled off his second delivery of the match, without opening his account. Bhuvneshwar finished the match with figures of 4-0-15-2 at a sensational economy of 3.80 as India took the match by 36 runs and the series 3-2.

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