With fifer against England, Jason Behrendorff saves his Omega watch from going to Ben Cutting

With fifer against England, Jason Behrendorff saves his Omega watch from going to Ben Cutting

It was his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs.

Jason Behrendorff
Jason Behrendorff. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup. On June 25, the team, captained by Aaron Finch, thumped hosts England by 64 runs at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Finch’s second century of the mega event helped the Aussies post 285 on the board. But it was Jason Behrendorff, who stole the show in the Brits’ run-chase.

The Three Lions were shot out for 221 in 44.4 overs and it was Behrendorff, who caused most of the damage. Previously in the match versus Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval, he couldn’t make an impact and hence was benched in the game against Bangladesh at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. But on Tuesday, the southpaw picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs.

Jason Behrendorff shines with the ball

In his very first over, he castled opener James Vince to strike first blood. Thereafter, he got rid of the opener- Jonny Bairstow, who was looking good, having scored 27 off 39 with five boundaries. Then he pinned Moeen Ali to further dent England’s hopes of an illusive comeback. In the 40th over, the speedster nipped out Chris Woakes, who showed a resolute approach in the middle.

Woakes scored 26 and was also involved in a 53-run stand with Ben Stokes, who, unfortunately, churned out another determined knock of 89 in a losing cause. Behrendorff didn’t stop and also accounted for the wicket of Jofra Archer to carve his name in the Lord’s Honours Board. The New South Wales-born finished with an impressive spell of 10-0-44-5 and bowled as many as 41 dot deliveries.

However, he didn’t get the Player of the Match award, which went to the Aussie skipper. Meanwhile, Mitchell McClenaghan was awe-struck with Jason’s performance. Furthermore, he posted a screenshot of a group conversation where Ben Cutting asked Behrendorff to give his Omega watch to him if he doesn’t get a fifer at the Lord’s. McClenaghan was awe-struck by the response.

All of Behrendorff, Cutting and McClenaghan played for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 2019 edition of the IPL. McClenaghan took to Twitter and wrote, “When @Cuttsy31 has your @IPL winning watch…. what a response from @JDorff5 Hoooowwww Goooodd @cricketworldcup #groupchatonpoint #ENGvsAUS,”

Here is McClenaghan’s tweet