Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal warmed the benches for two ODIs and finally received a chance to showcase his mettle in the third ODI versus Australia and he made the most of it by claiming six wickets. The Indian bowler’s stunning performance rattled the Aussie batting line-up and the hosts were reduced to just 230 runs in their innings.
Australia were batting first in the series decider and were in a strong position till the 24th over. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja had stitched a vital partnership and the team had scored 100 runs. And then Chahal happened.
The leggie first removed Shaun Marsh and then accounted for Khawaja in the same over. Chahal then effectively ran through Australia’s middle order and ended up with six wickets.
He came back in the death overs and sent back the tailenders in quick succession to ensure Australia finished with a below-par score in the crucial game.
The wrist-spinner was forced to warm the benches in recent games as India wanted some more depth in batting. But with Kuldeep Yadav failing to make an impact in the first two games, India replaced Chahal with Kuldeep and the leg spinner didn’t disappoint.
You can watch Chahal’s stunning bowling spell at MCG here.
By claiming six wickets in this innings, Chahal has registered his best bowling figures in ODIs. Before this match, he had claimed five wickets in an innings only once in his career.
Chahal’s figures of 6 wickets for 42 runs are also the joint best figures for any bowler in Australia. In 2004, Ajit Agarkar had claimed six wickets for 42 runs and today the leg spinner equaled that record.