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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Rishab Pant debut; Yuvi cameo; MSD 50 - overshadowed by Yuz Chahal's 6 for ..

In every match, we want India to win .. even the ardent would not have imagined the way things unfolded at Bangalore in T20 504 at Bangalore today – nay, it was not the tall target set by Indians. Before that, recall that on Oct 10, 2011, I had posted on : CL T20 2011 - the success story of Mumbai Indians with query - Do you know this frail looking spinner ? ~ that man was the hero !!!!

Indian innings started rather disastrously with Kohli getting run out for 2; then Raina and KL Rahul had a good partnership.  At 7.2 Rahul slogged, missed and was bowled.  Replays showed that Ben Stokes had overstepped by a yard – Umpire missed to spot it and failed to review it too.   Raina hit 5 sixers and made 63 off 45; MS Dhoni made his 1st T20 50 [56 off 36];p Yuvraj made a  cameo 27 off 10 with 3 sixers; Rishab Pant became the youngest to make ODI debut, hit a four too – India made 202. 

A big target but remember that everything is gettable is T20, gone are the days when 240 odd were tough targets in 50 overs in 1980s!

Nehra bowled a great 1st over giving a solitary run.  Jason Roy hit – reverse-swept Chahal’s 1st ball for a 6 and Yuzvendra singh Chahal came back dismissing SW Billings for a first ball duck.  After 13 overs, England were cruising at 117/2 with 86 required off 42 – gettable one thought !Root on 41 & Morgan on 39.

Chahal returned scripting an unbelievable story.  Third ball Eoin Morgan got out to a googly, top edged, Pant taking his first catch.  Next ball, having crossed, Joe Root got out to a ball that hurried and was plumb in front.  Stokes denied the hattrick.  In 15th over, Jasprit Bumrah got Butler out for 0.  16th over – 1st ball – Moen Ali got out, held out to a googly. 4th Chahal got rid of Ben Stokes. And of his last delivery, Jordan was stumped by MSD and Chahal had taken a 6 for.  His figures read : 4-0-25-6 in a T 20.

Yuzvendra Chahal is the Player of the Match and  Player of the Series as well. He joins Ajanta Mendis, the only other bowler to have taken 6 wickets in T20.  BAW Mendis did it twice in Sept 2012 against Zimbabwe at Hambantota and in aug 2011 against Aussies at Pallekele.

In case you still remember that 1st para (yellow coloured) – in that CL T20 finals in 2011 - chasing a modest 140, Dilshan swore to tear them apart hitting boundaries at will.  27 off 20 balls with 5 fours.  Still MI’s Malinga had the last laugh cleaning him up.   Bhaji who struggled in England bowled a very good over and concluded trapping dangerman Gayle in front.  Then suddenly the unlikely thing happened – a good spell of Bhaji with the little known little Yuzvendra Chahal spinning a web.  The young attacking leg spinner Chahal had a dream spell of 3-0-9-2 instrumental in choking the RCB for 32 runs less than the target.  Bhaji returned 3/20; Malinga and Nechim took two apiece.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

1st Feb 2017.

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