Jonny Bairstow's Ultra-fast Stumping Makes Fans Wonder About MS Dhoni
Jonny Bairstow might not have had a great Ashes series with the bat but he definitely made an impact behind the stumps twice in the fifth and final Test match at the Oval. Jonny Bairstow had tricked Steve Smith while the latter was batting. It so happened that when Steve Smith was returning back to the striker's end, Jonny Bairstow pretended to collect the ball. Seeing this, Smith put in a full-length dive and got back to the crease safely. Unfortunately, it was a needless dive fromSmith as the throw was never made at the keeper's end and in fact, was made at the bowler's end. It was only after the world's top-ranked Test batsman got back on his feet that he realised that he had been deceived by Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow would once again go on to trick the former Aussie skipper while he was fielding at slips. However, he made a vital contribution behind the stumps as well.
Jonny Bairstow pulls off an MS Dhoni stumping
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were out in the middle after Australia had lost the wickets of Marcus Harris and David Warner and England had to stop the two batsmen from rebuilding the innings for the visitors and that is exactly what they did riding on Jonny Bairstow's brilliant piece of work behind the stumps. It happened in the 17th over bowled by Jack Leach. On the third delivery, Leach had tossed one outside the off stump. The ball turned sharply and Labuschagne was completely beaten by it as Jonny Bairstow pulled off an MS Dhoni stumping dislodged the bails at a lightening-quick speed. An appeal was made by the hosts and the matter was referred to the third umpire and replays showed that Labuschagne was short of his crease and the decision was made in England's favour. The video of Jonny Bairstow's ultra-fast stumping was posted by England Cricket on their official Twitter handle.
That is seriously sharp @jbairstow21!! 🙌— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 15, 2019
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After watching the video, the fans had absolutely no hesitation in comparing this stumping with that of the great MS Dhoni. Here are some of the reactions.
Steve Smith is tricked by Jonny Bairstow once again, must watch
England have the last laugh
Chasing a huge target of 399 to win their first Ashes series on English soil since 2001, Australia lost momentum early on when both openers were dismissed. The joy of English players and fans knew no bounds when they got rid of Steve Smith for 23 which was his lowest score of the series as the visitors were reduced to 85/4. Matthew Wade scored a valiant century as his 166-ball 117 put the Aussies in a respectable position. However, the English bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals as Australia were bundled out for 263 and the hosts registered a 135-run win.