Bumrah might be a top-class T20 bowler but he has largely been unsuccessful against Sri Lanka in the format.

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The second T20I at Indore against Sri Lanka was a comeback match for Jasprit Bumrah after injury. Having come through the ranks in the shortest format of the game, it was an ideal chance for Bumrah to warm himself up before the ODIs against Australia and subsequently the New Zealand tour.

Instead, Bumrah went for 32 runs in his four overs with just one wicket to his tally. He was the second-most expensive bowler on the day and looked a far cry from the threatening T20 bowler we know him to be. Could it be that he was warming up after the injury? Maybe, but stats say that Bumrah's record against Sri Lanka in this format isn't the most impressive.

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Bumrah has seven wickets in eight innings against Sri Lanka with an average of 24.85 and a strike rate of 23.1. Both the average and strike rate are the second-worst for him against any team in the shortest format of the game.

Worst bowling average by Indian bowlers against SL in T20Is (min 20 overs bowled)

Player

Inns

Overs

Runs

Wkts

Ave

RA Jadeja

7

22

142

3

47.33

A Nehra

7

23

227

8

28.37

JJ Bumrah

8

27

174

7

24.85

HH Pandya

7

21.2

139

8

17.37

Kuldeep Yadav

5

20

154

10

15.40

Among Indian bowlers to have bowled over 20 overs against Sri Lanka in the shortest format of the game, Bumrah has the third-worst average after Ravindra Jadeja (3 wickets in 7 innings) and Ashish Nehra (8 wickets in 7 innings).

Bumrah has bowled 27 overs against Sri Lanka and while he has been economical - an economy of 6.44 - the average and strike rate show that he hasn't been as successful as India would have liked him to be.

Worst bowling strike rate by Indian bowlers against SL in T20Is (min 20 overs bowled)

Player

Inns

Overs

Runs

Wkts

SR

RA Jadeja

7

22

142

3

44.0

JJ Bumrah

8

27

174

7

23.1

A Nehra

7

23

227

8

17.2

HH Pandya

7

21.2

139

8

16.0

Kuldeep Yadav

5

20

154

10

12.0

His strike rate of 23.1 is the second-worst by him against any team after Bangladesh against whom he has bowled in only three innings. For Indian T20 bowlers against Sri Lanka, this strike rate is the second-worst after Ravindra Jadeja's 44 (minimum 20 overs bowled).

With his one wicket at Indore, Bumrah equalled Ravichandran Ashwin as the highest wicket-taker for India in T20Is with 52 wickets in 43 innings. The next wicket he takes would make him the highest wicket-taker for India in the format.

However, Bumrah hasn't been the most penetrative against Sri Lanka as the stats have shown. Australia, against whom, he has a poor economy, have shown that attacking Bumrah in the powerplay works. Sri Lanka seem to be thriving on that template. 

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Punit Paranjpe