IPL: When Ishant Sharma took five wickets in two sensational overs!

It all started in Ishant Sharma’s first over. Ten balls later, Ishant had five wickets and Kochi were reeling at 11 for six after four overs © AFP

On April 27, 2011, Ishant Sharma bowled a dream spell against Kochi Tuskers Kerela which helped Deccan Chargers register an easy win. Sharma harassed Kochi with his seam and bounce. The batsmen surrendered meekly to Sharma’s foray. Sarang Bhalerao revisits one of the best spells of bowling in the IPL history.

The story of how Ishant Sharma set-up Ricky Ponting at the Perth Test in 2008 is part of cricketing folklore. Ishant was bowling indefatigably. Every ball seemed like an event. Ponting, the established Test star, was lucky to survive on a couple of occasions. Just when one felt Ishant was tired, he was asked by Virender Sehwag, “ek aur dalega (will you bowl one more over)?”

Ishant grabbed the opportunity and the prized scalp of Ponting as a reward for his positive attitude.

Now, at Kochi’s Nehru Stadium, on April 27, 2011, Ishant revived memories of his 2008 bowling by triggering a sensational top-order collapse.

It all started in Ishant’s first over. Ten balls later, Ishant had five wickets and Kochi were reeling at 11 for six after four overs chasing a modest total of 130.

If Parthiv Patel was stunned by the exaggerated seam movement, Raiphi Gomez was a victim of indifferent bounce, Brad Hodge failed to negotiate Sharma’s inswinger , Kedar Jadhav was beaten for pace and Mahela Jayawardene was beaten by the steep bounce. Jayawardene gave a mistrustful look at the wicket.  The scores of the top six batsmen read: 0, 4, 0, 0, 0, 0. It was bizarre. There were no real demons on the wicket. The fiends were all in the minds.

Kochi were dismissed for 74 in the 17th over. Ishant bowled only three overs, but his initial manoeuvre never let Kerala get back into the game.

Brief scores:

Deccan Chargers 129 for 7 in 20 overs ( Kumar Sangakkara 65; R Vinay Kumar 3 for 27) beat Kochi Tuskers Kerala 74  in 16.3 overs ( Ravindra Jadeja  23; Ishant Sharma 5 for 12, Dale Steyn 3 for 16 ) by 55 runs

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)