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Twitter Reactions: Chahal’s six-for restricts Australia to 230 in decider at the MCG

Peter Handscomb scored 58 from 63 balls.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Team India. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)

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.

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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

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