Monday, October 20, 2008

Ishant and Harbhajan leaves Australia in tatters

Would you believe Australia lost 5 wickets in a span of 9 overs (9 runs) ? Thanks to the excellent bowling from Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma. While chasing 516, Australia is struggling with 141/5 at the end of day 4. Clarke and Haddin are at the crease resisting the Indian bowling. They added 83 runs for the sixth wicket. Australia were looking good when Hayden and Katich were playing. Harbhajan provided the early breakthrough in his first over by removing both the openers in one over. Sachin Tendulkar took an excellent catch to remove Katich. Harbhajan got Hussey just after tea. Harbhajan is just one wicket away from his 300th test wicket.

Ishant Sharma joined the party by removing his 'favourite batsman', Ricky Ponting, and Shane Watson. He produced two top class deliveries to remove them.

10.2 Sharma to Ponting, OUT, Ishant hits the timber, superb delivery, pitches around the off stump and comes back in off the pitch, Ponting commits early to the forward prod but somehow the ball sneaks through the daylight between bat and pad and knocks the off stump back, Ishant now gets Ponting for the fifth time in as many matches

RT Ponting b Sharma 2 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

16.3 Sharma to Watson, OUT, Koertzen gives him the slow death, Ishant pitches it just a fraction short of a good length fairly wide outside off and gets it to nip back in very sharply, Watson is caught at the crease and fails to cover the sudden movement, the ball hits him in line with the off and middle stumps

SR Watson lbw b Sharma 2 (22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 9.09

He gets Ponting for the fifth time in the tests. Ricky Ponting is still working out how to tackle Ishant Sharma. Ishant reminded us of his exceptional spell in the third test against Australia in Perth earlier this year. Sharma's high-arm action attacking on and around the batsman's off-stump gives him the ability to bring the ball back in to right-handed batsman and also swing it through the air quite considerably, while extracting a great deal of bounce. This ability makes this young man a dangerous bowler. Ponting himself admitted that Ishant is a dangerous bowler. Ishant has been bowling well and his bowling performance today is one of his best performances. Ishant Sharma is certainly a good prospect for india. Ishant you beauty...

5 comments:

Soulberry said...

Tomorrow is an even bigger day. The significance of 4 days of Indian performance will be wagered against a day of Australian resistance.

Srinivasarao Vundavalli said...

Clarke and Haddin is the last recognized batting pair..If India manages to get them early, a big win is there for India. Brett Lee can offer some resistance of course..

Q said...

Australia have no chance.

Bhajji was the man today!

Kalidas said...

wish india good luck for a victory against the aussies..

Trideep said...

India still needs to wrap up... Hope aussies dont hold india for a whole day... tho the chances are rare...