Yuzvendra Chahal 1st spinner to take 6 wickets in an ODI in Australia

Yuzvendra Chahal, playing his first match of the three-ODI series, made an immediate impact at the MCG (BCCI Photo)

Brief Scores: 3rd ODI – Australia 230-all out in 48.4 overs vs India in Melbourne. Handscomb (58), Chahal (6/42), Bhuvneshwar (2/28). Full Scorecard

Yuzvendra Chahal picked up the second five-wicket haul of his ODI career during the series decider against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Playing his first ODI of the New Year, Chahal struck twice in his first over to remove the well-set Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja in the space of 4 balls.

Replacing Kuldeep Yadav with Yuzvendra Chahal proved to be a masterstroke by Virat Kohli. Last year, both men had bowled India to a historic ODI series win over South Africa but in the first two ODIs against Australia, Kuldeep was the preferred wrist-spinner for India. However, Chahal came in for the final ODI against Australia after Kuldeep went for 66 runs without taking a wicket off his 10 overs in Adelaide.

While Kuldeep was the second highest wicket-taker in ODIs last year, Chahal did not do too badly either, snaring 29 wickets from 17 matches.

Chahal became the first spinner to take a six-wicket haul in ODIs in Australia. The previous best figures for a spinner belonged to current India coach Ravi Shastri.

Before Chahal, only seven spinners had taken ODI five-wicket hauls in Australia: Abdul Qadir (5/53) v Australia (MCG, 1984), R Shastri (5/15) v Australia (Perth, 1991), Shane Warne (5/33) vs West Indies (SCG, 1996), Saqlain Mushtaq (5/29) v Australia (Adelaide, 1996), Jimmy Adams (5/37) v Pakistan (Adelaide, 1996), Brad Hogg (5/32) v West Indies (MCG, 2005), Imran Tahir (5/45) v West Indies (SCG).

On Friday, Yuzvendra Chahal bamboozled the Australians with his guile and variety. After rocking them in his first over, Chahal removed the dangerous Marcus Stoinis before dismissing Jhye Richardson and Peter Handscomb.

This was Chahal’s second five-wicket haul. He had first picked up a five-for in the Centurion ODI against South Africa in February 2018. India had won that game by 9 wickets.,

Yuzvendra Chahal also became the second Indian to take a five-wicket haul at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Ajit Agarkar was the first when he picked 6 for 42.