Chahal bamboozled Australian batsmen in the 3rd ODI at the MCG, claiming 6/42 in his ten overs
Chahal bamboozled Australian batsmen in the 3rd ODI at the MCG, claiming 6/42 in his ten overs

Indian legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal bamboozled Australian batsmen in the 3rd and the final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne claiming 6/42 in his ten overs on Friday, thus registering the best figures for a spinner Down Under – that too in his first match in the country. (LIVE SCORE: Australia vs India 3rd ODI)

Chahal, introduced in the 24th over of Australia’s innings, made immediate impact removing the in-form Shaun Marsh – courtesy a superb stumping by MS Dhoni – off his second ball for 39, before getting rid of the other well-set batsman Usman Khawaja for 34. (ALSO READ: Aaron Finch vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 6.1 overs, 30 dot balls, three dismissals)

He then had Marcus Stoinis squared and the subsequent edge was taken by Rohit Sharma at slip. Chahal, playing his first game of the tour replacing a rested Kuldeep Yadav, went on to claim his second five-wicket haul when he got rid of Peter Handscomb for 58 – trapped in front. (ALSO READ: India need 231 after Yuzvendra Chahal’s 6/42)

He added his sixth when Adam Zampa failed to clear long-off, with Vijay Shankar taking an easy catch.

Chahal bettered Ravi Shastri’s 5/15 against Australia in the Benson & Hedges World Series at Perth, in 1991.

Best bowling figures by a spinner in Australia

Player Country BBI
Yuzvendra Chahal India 6/42
Ravi Shastri India 5/15
Saqlain Mushtaq Pakistan 5/29
Brad Hogg Australia 5/32
Shane Warne Australia 5/33

 

Chahal’s haul is also the joint-best in terms of wickets by an bowler in Australia equaling Ajit Agarkar’s 6/42 in 9.3 overs taken in 2004 against Australia.

Best bowling figures in Australia

Player Country BBI
Ajit Agarkar India 6/42
Yuzvendra Chahal India 6/42
Mitchell Starc Australia 6/43
Chris Woakes England 6/45
Greg Chappell Australia 5/15
Ravi Shastri India 5/15

He is now the only spin bowler to claim six wickets at the MCG.

Best bowling figures in MCG

Player Country BBI
Ajit Agarkar India 6/42
Yuzvendra Chahal India 6/42
Mitchell Starc Australia 6/43
Curtly Ambrose West Indies 5/17
Wasim Akram Pakistan 5/21