Ishant Sharma’s one over completely overshadowed everything else that transpired in the match at Mohali. We look back at a few significant occurrences in the game that people might not remember because this match will pretty much be logged in the memory of Indian fans as the one Ishant Sharma gifted to Australia.
Ishant Sharma’s one over at Mohali overshadowed a wonderful bowling spell by Mitchell Johnson during which he bounced out Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja to put India on the back foot, literally. Deep inside, India dreaded facing the short-pitched stuff, and Johnson delivered the killer blows.
Ishant Sharma’s one over at Mohali overshadowed a pathetic bowling performance by the Aussie bowlers in the latter half of their innings. Experienced Aussie bowler Shane Watson’s figures were actually worse than Ishant on the day – 1/74 in 8 overs! But, who will remember that? Even batting hero James Faulkner conceded 65 in his 10 overs, but he more than made up for it at the end of the day, thanks to Ishant.
Ishant Sharma’s one over at Mohali overshadowed the costly drop by Aussie skipper George Bailey, which allowed India to cross 300. There were still a few deliveries left when Dhoni offered a skier to his opposite number. Bailey got underneath the ball, but couldn’t hold on to the catch. Dhoni made the Aussies pay with some smashing fours and sixes.
Ishant Sharma’s one over at Mohali overshadowed another sublime innings by Virat Kohli. The in-form batsman played a steady hand of 68 from 73 balls to stabilise India after the early loss of wickets. It was Kohli’s third consecutive score of 50 plus in the series, and a reaffirmation of his consistency, especially when India are under pressure.
Ishant Sharma’s one over at Mohali overshadowed a tight spell by Ravindra Jadeja, which put India on top. After failing with the bat, Jadeja came up with a probing performance with the ball. His 1/31 restricted the Aussie scoring after the openers had given them a good start. Also, the wicket Jadeja picked up was a big one, that of Shane Watson.
Ishant Sharma’s one over at Mohali overshadowed the failings of the other Indian bowlers. R. Vinay Kumar was not the only other Indian bowler to struggle on the day. R. Ashwin went for 58 in 9 overs without picking up a wicket, Yuvraj Singh conceded 20 in 3 and Kohli was smashed for 18 in one.
Ishant Sharma’s one over at Mohali overshadowed a mature innings under pressure from Adam Voges. Known for his big hitting, Voges held one end up even as there seemed little hope for Australia. It was only because of Voges’s defiance that Faulkner got a chance to go after Ishant in the 48th over. Voges’ unbeaten 76 from 88 balls was invaluable.
Above all, Ishant Sharma’s one over at Mohali overshadowed what should have been a match-winning innings from skipper Dhoni. The Indian captain played another gem of a knock as India recovered from 154 for 6 to 303 for 9. Surely, Dhoni couldn’t have imagined the manner in which the game slipped out of the team’s hands. --By A Cricket Analyst