Twitter Reactions: Chahal’s six-for restricts Australia to 230 in decider at the MCG
Peter Handscomb scored 58 from 63 balls.
Published - Jan 18, 2019 12:13 pm | Updated - Jan 18, 2019 12:13 pm
In the last nine ODIs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), India lost eight of them. Statistically, Australia had the upper hand ahead of the deciding ODI against the visitors in the three-match series, but India were deemed to be the favourites based on current form. After the conclusion of the first innings, India managed to clinch the ascendancy after restricting Aaron Finch and Co for 230 in 48.4 overs.
Marsh and Khawaja steady the ship
Earlier rain threatened to play spoilsport and the game was halted after a couple of balls from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. After play started, the Indians never allowed their opponents to run away with the match. Kumar nipped out Alex Carey to strike first blood. Finch tried to put his head down but fell prey to Kumar after scoring 14 from 24 balls. Thereafter, Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja put their heads down and tried to resurrect the Aussie innings with a well-compiled stand of 73 runs from 85 balls.
Even as Khawaja scored 34 from 51 balls with a couple of fours, the left-handed Marsh added 39 from 54 deliveries with three fours. Unfortunately, both perished in a space of four balls when Yuzvendra Chahal started wreaking havoc with the leather in hand. Khawaja gave a simple caught and bowled while the lightning-quick MS Dhoni stumped an ominous-looking Marsh to give Chahal his second wicket.
Chahal comes to the party
Peter Handscomb took charge then and he didn’t get flustered by the two quick wickets. But he didn’t get any support from the other batsmen. Chahal got his third wicket in the form of Marcus Stoinis in the 30th over. Glenn Maxwell came out with a positive intent and raced away to 26 from 19 balls with five boundaries. However, fast bowler Mohammed Shami accounted for his wicket in the 35th over.
Jhye Richardson became Chahal’s fourth victim. Handscomb scored his half-century in 57 balls and he went on to score 58 runs from 63 balls with two fours. Chahal picked up his fifth wicket by dismissing the Victorian. It was also the tweaker’s second five-wicket haul in ODI cricket. Chahal finished with figures of 10-0-42-6 and he ended up garnering praises from supporters on Twitter.
Here is how Twitter reacted
Great effort from the Indian bowlers to bowl out Australia for 230. @yuzi_chahal was outstanding to pick up 6 wickets. Now for our batsman to chase this and win the one day series as well.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 18, 2019
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 18, 2019
Wah ji @yuzi_chahal , Chahalka macha rakha hai . 6 wicket , Shaabash
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 18, 2019
— surya77 (@surya_14kumar) January 18, 2019
Spin to Win ….. #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 18, 2019
So happy for Chahal. Glad he's grabbing his opportunity #AUSvIND
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) January 18, 2019
— Mangalam Maloo (@blitzkreigm) January 18, 2019
— Come On India 🙏🇮🇳 (@madam_jadeja) January 18, 2019
Best figures for India in ODIs:
6/4 Stuart Binny v Ban, 2014
6/12 Anil Kumble v WI, 1993
6/23 Ashish Nehra v Eng, 2003
6/25 Kuldeep Yadav v Eng, 2018
6/27 Murli Kartik v Aus, 2007
6/42 Ajit Agarkar v Aus, 2004
6/42 Yuzvendra Chahal v Aus, 2019#3rdODI
— We Are Ranchi ✋ (@WeAreRanchi) January 18, 2019
Indians to take six wickets haul against Australia in ODIs:
— CricFreak_45🏏 (@CricFreak_rd) January 18, 2019
Chahal's performance is like "ab bahar betha ke dikhao." Great bowling by the little leggie.#AUSvIND
— Vaskar Gautam (@vaskarhere) January 18, 2019
Happens always with the indian cricket team. A player struggling to get his place in the XI suddenly comes in place of an in form player, performs and then comes in the selection conundrum.#Chahal #Kuldeep #AUSvIND https://t.co/alvD296i7y
— Deepak uppalapati (@DeepuU06) January 18, 2019
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) January 18, 2019
Chahal is very smart he always know what batsman gonna do….he's mentally ahead of batsman…that makes him successful..#ausvind
— Saifi (@nomikings) January 18, 2019