India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mohali October 19, 2013

The Ishant Sharma over that changed the game

ESPNcricinfo staff

With 44 needed off 18, India seemed to have the match well within their grasp. Then James Faulkner slammed 30 off an Ishant Sharma over, and the game turned on its head. Here's a ball-by-ball account of that over:

47.1 I Sharma to Faulkner, FOUR, full and wide, Faulkner throws the bat at that and connects well, that soars over extra cover for four, the first ball is hit for a boundary and the 50 partnership comes up.

47.2 I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX, what an amazing hit that is, this was short from Ishant, sat up for Faulkner, who clobbers that to cow corner, he enjoyed that shot, it went a long way beyond the rope, 10 off the first two balls, what will Ishant serve up now? First he has to get the ball back, it went into the crowd and hasn't been returned since.

47.3 I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX, superb hit from Faulkner, that was a length ball, 'hit me' it shouted, Faulkner obliged, that is as straight as they come, over the sightscreen, and some fans in the crowd hang their heads in disappointment.

47.4 I Sharma to Faulkner, 2 runs, goes short this time, Faulkner is swinging at everything, connects well, but only a couple to deep square leg

47.5 I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX, this game has turned on its head in five deliveries, fans are stunned into silence as Faulkner reels off another six, another short ball and that is hooked behind square leg for another six

47.6 I Sharma to Faulkner, SIX MORE, what on earth? Ishant Sharma had his critics before this game, there aren't going to be many people backing him after this, short once more, another pull, right off the middle off the bat, and that sails into the crowd once more, crowd not sure whether to be gobsmacked by this hitting from Faulkner or be thrilled by this sensational turnaround, that's Faulkner's 50 as well

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  • Ravi on October 21, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Ishant finished with 63/1 in 8 overs. That means, he was at one stage with 33/1 in 7 overs which is fantastic in the context of the match. That one over which he bowled, could have happened to any bowler. Just a bad day at office. That's fine.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Haha now my Indian friends who critics Pakistan will be silent Ishant good spinner Lolz

  • Raj on October 21, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Really it is irrelevant if Faulkner is a batsmen or all rounder- if Ishant bowled a good over and got smashed we would all be quiet. But our so called spear head bowled such a horrific over that he does not deserve to be in the team-period! I disagree with those who say Australia would have won anyway as clearly by the 48th over India were odds on favourites-if runs were scored from good bowling no one would argue Australia should have won-but to bowl such rubbish is unforgivable. The Kholi over was a punt gone wrong but did not ultimately cost the match as much as the Ishant "please hit me" over. And yes, when will India wake up to the bare pace cupboard-send all pacemen to County cricket-compulsary!! Maybe give Indian citizenship to those 100's of pace bowlers in Pakistan waiting to play international cricket!!

  • Ravi on October 21, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    When Ishant gave 10 runs in 2 balls, the remaining 4 balls should have been dictated by the captain. I watched the matched, and I didn't see Dhoni come up with plan for the next 4 balls. There is no mid pitch conference, like the Australians or Sri Lankan's do... Once first 2 balls were hit, Ishant was isolated and left baffled, not in good mind set to do well on the next 4 balls. We lost as a team, and not single out a player.

    The BCCI is right to pick Ishant for the next 4 games.

  • Steve on October 21, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Ummmmm yes it was a good pitch and yes 300+ is exciting to see set and more exciting to see chased. The pace bowlers were able to exploit the bounce (See Johnson) and the good spinners were able to contain (see Doherty). Much better than watching dry turning pitches where a fast bowler gets the first two overs and then is rested for the rest of the game.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    In a game of cricket both teams cannot win simultaneously. Only one team wins. So its needless to blame Ishant, because Faulkner played good cricket so Aus won. try to enjoy the game of cricket rather than criticizing players. Nice series this time.....

  • Reza on October 21, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    You guys can gloat but Ishant might be laughing all the way to the bank. BTW, if this bowling performance had come from a Pakistani, you can be sure it would have raised eyebrows and allegations of fixing would have been flying around like crazy. ICC would have issued a statement that the match is being reviewed to determine that all was kosher. Oz would have moaned, saying their fair and square win was being tarnished. India would have threatened world cricket with dire consequences if they didn't back off.

  • Naresh on October 21, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    ISHANT and VINAY do not have variety in their bowling. They dont even try different angles, positions, speeds etc. Ishant could be hit with batsman eyes closed it will come outside off and bounce so high. Faulkner knew each time where the ball was coming - no yorkers? No brain work.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    @the gimp:good pitch?I m sorry?In that case I have a better pitch in mind..Mumbai Pune express way..who needs 300+ scores..just get some quality batsman facing quality bowling..

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Ishant should retire from Cricket gracefully...

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