Saturday, October 19, 2013

MS Dhoni’s 139 went in vein, Faulkner brought win for Australia in the 3rd ODI at Mohali

Indian captain M S Dhoni aka “Superman” as was called by another superman Sunil Gavaskar could not save India from the Australian onslaught and the worst fear came true. Dhoni’s superb 139 went in vein and Indian bowlers just could not perform when it was needed the most. Faulkner, the player of the match made good use of Ishant Sharma to snatch the win from India.

While lifting India from 76 for 4 to 303 for 9, MS Dhoni had spoiled James Faulkner's figures at the death. Faulkner took it out on Ishant Sharma at the death in Australia's chase. Rarely, if ever, has a bowler lost it so completely while bowling to a fellow bowler. Australia needed 44 off 18 when Ishant was given the ball. Six balls and 30 runs later off Faulkner's bat, the game was effectively over.
Had a pin dropped right then, it would have been heard across the border, which isn’t a few miles away. The silence was stunning. Captain Dhoni’s rarely exasperated, but he was reduced to that state as an ODI, which should have been won with a degree of comfort, turned on its head.

Australia's chase had started strongly, but had been suffocated mid-innings, chiefly by Ravindra Jadeja's ten overs for 31 runs. George Bailey and Adam Voges had tried to keep pace, but the asking rate continued to climb. Voges had gamely hung on amid a clutch of middle-order wickets, including his own mix-up with Glenn Maxwell, when Faulkner joined him at 213 for 6. While their partnership lasted and grew, it seemed more a belated and inadequate attempt than a threatening one.
Then Ishant was brought back for the 48th over. If you can apply brevity to carnage, here is what happened. Full and wide, four. Short, six. Length, six. Short, two. Short, six. Short, six. By the time he pulled that last six into a shocked Mohali crowd, Faulkner had blasted 54 off 24, and Australia needed 14 off 12.
MoM Faulkner’s assault on a low-on-confidence Ishant narrowed equations to 14 from the last two overs. Australia won with three balls to spare. After achieving what looked impossible (44 runs from the last three overs), Faulkner and the seasoned Adam Voges celebrated in the manner of the subcontinent’s players. Faulkner, in fact, more than made amends for conceding 21 in India’s last over, which took the hosts past 300.

Voges revealed that Faulkner, who has been on the rolls of the Rajasthan Royals, targeted Ishant (“This is it... I’m going after him...”). While Faulkner remained not out on a supersonic 64 (29 balls, 2x4, 6x6), Voges was on 76 when the former clobbered Ranganath Vinay Kumar for the lead-giving six.

Put in the shade was Dhoni’s amazing 139 not out (121 balls, 12x4, 5x6). He hadn’t opened his account when he suffered an injury, but he’s not the type to show his back to the opposition.


India innings (50 overs maximum)
R
M
B
4s
6s
SR
Description: View dismissal
c Finch b Watson
11
33
22
2
0
50.00
Description: View dismissal
c †Haddin b McKay
8
8
6
2
0
133.33
Description: View dismissal
c †Haddin b Maxwell
68
121
73
9
0
93.15
Description: View dismissal
c Watson b Johnson
17
27
19
2
0
89.47
Description: View dismissal
c †Haddin b Johnson
0
1
1
0
0
0.00
not out
139
169
121
12
5
114.87
Description: View dismissal
c †Haddin b Johnson
2
9
4
0
0
50.00
Description: View dismissal
c †Haddin b Johnson
28
55
35
3
0
80.00
Description: View dismissal
c Bailey b Faulkner
10
23
18
1
0
55.55
Description: View dismissal
run out (Maxwell/Faulkner)
0
10
1
0
0
0.00
not out
0
1
0
0
0
-
Extras
(lb 13, w 7)
20
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Total
(9 wickets; 50 overs; 233 mins)
303
(6.06 runs per over)


Bowling
O
M
R
W
Econ
Description: View wickets
10
1
46
4
4.60
(4w)
Description: View wicket
10
0
49
1
4.90
Description: View wicket
8
0
74
1
9.25
(3w)
Description: View wicket
10
0
65
1
6.50
10
0
45
0
4.50
1
0
3
0
3.00
Description: View wicket
1
0
8
1
8.00

Australia innings (target: 304 runs from 50 overs)
R
M
B
4s
6s
SR
Description: View dismissal
c †Dhoni b Vinay Kumar
22
50
40
4
0
55.00
Description: View dismissal
lbw b I Sharma
38
72
44
6
0
86.36
Description: View dismissal
lbw b Jadeja
11
33
17
1
0
64.70
Description: View dismissal
lbw b Vinay Kumar
43
69
60
4
1
71.66
not out
76
121
88
7
0
86.36
Description: View dismissal
run out (Dhawan)
3
3
3
0
0
100.00
Description: View dismissal
c Jadeja b Kumar
24
19
16
2
1
150.00
not out
64
39
29
2
6
220.68
Extras
(lb 14, w 9)
23
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Total
(6 wickets; 49.3 overs; 206 mins)
304
(6.14 runs per over)

Did not bat MG JohnsonCJ McKayXJ Doherty


Bowling
O
M
R
W
Econ
Description: View wicket
10
1
50
1
5.00
Description: View wickets
8.3
0
50
2
5.88
(3w)
Description: View wicket
8
1
63
1
7.87
Description: View wicket
10
0
31
1
3.10
(2w)
3
0
20
0
6.66
(1w)
9
0
58
0
6.44
(1w)
1
0
18
0
18.00
(1w)

Match details
Toss Australia, who chose to field
Series Australia led the 7-match series 2-1
Player of the match JP Faulkner (Australia)
Umpires RA Kettleborough (England) and C Shamsuddin
TV umpire AK Chaudhary
Match referee RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire Tapan Sharma