By Puneet Chaudhary - September 26, 2022
Hyderabad32 minutes ago
For an Indian cricket fan, every day is a memorable and happy day when Team India wins a match. The joy doubles when the series is won and that too against the World Champion. The entire match was action packed. After Axar Patel’s fine spin, we enjoyed the strong batting of Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli.
The stats of Virat, Surya and Akshar will be recorded in the record book, but apart from these, some such moments have also been made in this match which are worthy of being included in our memory book forever. Let’s go through four such sour and sweet moments again…
characters were becoming villains before becoming heroes
The seventh over of the match was going on. Batting first after losing the toss, Australia had scored 70 runs for 2 wickets in 6.2 overs. Then Axar Patel dropped a very simple catch off Hardik Pandya’s ball. The letters stood at the backward point.
This field position is famous in white ball cricket because fielders like Jonty Rhodes and Yuvraj Singh have earned fame here. But, when the ball reached Axar, he was stunned. The ball fell out of hand. The batsman was Steve Smith. Smith has become a problem for India many times in the past in different formats. There was a fear that even today they might not do something amazing. When the catch was missed, Smith was playing after scoring just 6 runs.
However, it was a matter of relief for India that Smith did not last long after that and was dismissed after scoring 9 runs in 10 balls. Akshar proved to be India’s best bowler in the Australian innings. He took three wickets for 33 runs in 4 overs.
Karthik’s mistake kept getting worse, Rohit KISS on the helmet
Karthik’s gloves had already hit the stumps. The ball then hit the stumps.
Fourth ball of the eighth over. Australia score 74/2. Glenn Maxwell at the crease. Maxwell is a batsman who can single-handedly change the course of the match. Maxwell plays Chahal towards fine leg. They try to take two runs, but then Axar Patel’s rocket throw reaches close to the stumps. Before the ball hits the stump, wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s gloves hit the stump and the gilli falls. After this the ball hits the stump.
The third umpire wants to see whether a gully fell from Karthik’s gloves or both. Look at the good fortune of India. One gully was still on the stumps, which fell after the ball hit it. Maxwell is run out. Maxwell would not have been run out if both bails had fallen before the hit of the stumps.
Captain Rohit Sharma kisses Dinesh Karthik’s helmet after Maxwell’s run out.
When captain Rohit came to know that Karthik’s gloves had hit the stumps even before the arrival of the ball, he became very angry. Even in the first two matches, Rohit had failed to control the emotion, this time the same thing was happening. They were bubbling too. But, when Maxwell was given run out, Rohit kissed Karthik’s helmet.
Bhuvi got beaten up again in the death over
Bhuvneshwar Kumar again fails in the death over. He spent 21 runs in the 18th over.
From the Asia Cup to the first match of the India-Australia series, Indian medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was trolled for being beaten up in the 19th over of every match. He didn’t get a chance in the second match. In the third match, Bhuvi was given 18th over instead of 19th. Fans thought that maybe changing the number will change the fate. But, Bhuvi’s recent luck seems not to depend on the numbers. This time too they got beaten up.
Bhuvneshwar conceded 21 runs in the 18th over. It is a matter of concern for India that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also included in the team selected for the World Cup.
After the victory, Rohit-Virat’s celebration like a school friend
After the victory, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma celebrated a lot together.
Suryakumar Yadav (69 off 36 balls) and Virat Kohli (63 runs off 48 balls) shared a 104-run third-wicket partnership with the Indian team heading for an easy victory. But, later the match seemed to be getting stuck. India needed 11 runs in the last over. Virat hit a six off the first ball, then the pendulum turned towards India. But, he was out on the very next ball. Australia started coming back into the match.
Dinesh Karthik took one run off the third ball. But, Hardik Pandya could not score any run on the fourth ball. Now four runs were needed from two balls. The atmosphere had become very tense. That’s when Hardik Pandya did something similar as he did against Pakistan in the Asia Cup on August 28. Then he gave the team victory by hitting a six off the fifth ball of the last over. This time he got the team crossed by scoring a four on the fifth ball.
Virat and Rohit were watching the final moments of the match with a lot of tension on the steps of the pavilion. After Pandya’s boundary, he celebrated with the same enthusiasm as we used to celebrate any victory of India in childhood. While celebrating with a friend watching the match sitting nearby. Just like a school friend.
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