Ben Stokes ridiculously switch hits Yuzvendra Chahal into the stands
Stokes also went on to rack up his fourth fifty of this World Cup.
Updated - Nov 3, 2019 7:49 pm
Ben Stokes has already had an impressive campaign in the ongoing World Cup. With three scores in the 80s, two of which came in losing causes, the 28-year-old has been at his very best with the bat in hand. He has shown maturity and that has paid rich dividends for the team. He is high on confidence and that showed in England’s match versus India as he smacked Yuzvendra Chahal for a massive six.
At the Edgbaston in Birmingham, the southpaw pulled off one of the extraordinary shots the cricketing world has ever been a witness to. In the fourth ball of the 40th over, the leg-spinner looped one in the air. Stokes had already pre-meditated to play the switch hit. The left-handed batter generated incredible power from the wrists and the ball went quite a distance over the extra-cover boundary.
Chahal has been decent enough in the mega event, but the English batters didn’t allow him to settle. First Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow laid into him after which it was Stokes’ turn to pulverise him. Chahal had an off day as he ended up conceding 88 runs in his 10 spells, which also turned out to be his most expensive spells in ODI cricket. He was hit for seven fours and six sixes.
Here is the video of Stokes’ audacious stroke
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England dominate India
The Eoin Morgan-captained Three Lions had a great time in the middle after electing to bat first on a fresh wicket. The swashbuckling Jason Roy, who missed the last few games due to a hamstring injury, made his comeback. He opened the batting with Jonny Bairstow and the duo put on 160 runs for the opening wicket in 22.1 overs. Their onslaught severely put the Men in Blue on the backfoot.
Kuldeep Yadav gave India its first breakthrough, dismissing Roy on 66. Bairstow went on to notch a century after which Mohammad Shami removed him. Captain Morgan couldn’t do much and became Shami’s second victim. Joe Root got a well-compiled 44 runs and he was well supported by Stokes, who accomplished his fourth half-century of this World Cup to continue his fine touch with the willow.