Yuzvendra Chahal, on Friday, became the first Indian spinner to have taken a six-wicket haul in an ODI game in Australia. In the series-deciding match in Melbourne, Chahal spun a web around the Australia batsmen; picking 6/42, the joint-best figures by an Indian bowler on the Australian soil. On the 2003/04 tour, pacer Ajit Agarkar attained the same numbers against Australia at the MCG. Meanwhile, the leg-spinner also became the first of his kind to bag six wickets in an ODI in Australia.

Chahal breaks Australia’s back at the ‘G.’

Yuzvendra Chahal didn’t play a single game on tour Down Under until on Friday. Virat Kohli, at the toss, introduced the three changes he had made in the line-up. Among them was the inclusion of Chahal in the XI. Coming to bowl in the 24th over, Yuzvendra picked up two wickets straightaway in the name of Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Australia vs India 2018/19
Chahal celebrates the wicket of Usman Khawaja. Image Courtesy: Getty

Later, the leg-spinner got the scalp of Marcus Stoinis. The Aussie all-rounder found an edge, and an excellent catch at the first slip by Rohit Sharma saw him getting dismissed. Meanwhile, he got the big fish, Peter Handscomb plumb in front of the wickets as well. Further, Chahal ran through the tail, getting Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa. However, courtesy his maiden six-for in ODIs, Chahal has helped India restrict Austalia to 230 in the final ODI.

Chahal becomes the first spinner to bag a six-for in Australia in ODIs

Off the many great leg-spinners who hag graced the game, India’s Yuzvendra Chahal has bagged six wickets at the ‘G’ in an ODI game. Not even the great Shane Warne, Abdul Qadir or even South Africa’s aggressive leggie, Imran Tahir had achieved the feat. By virtue of his ten-over spell, Yuzvendra Chahal had also gone past Ravi Shastri‘s figures of 5/15 at the WACA in 1991.

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