IND vs AUS 2017, 4th ODI: Kane Richardson Opens Up on Bowling to MS Dhoni In Death Overs
Kane Richardson had his task cut out when he came to bowl the 48th over in the fourth One-Day International against India in Bengaluru.
With the hosts needing 40 runs off the last three overs and with Dhoni on the strike and the ground being small, the odds got stacked against the visitors and Richardson.
However, the right-arm pacer began the over brilliantly, bowling three straight dot deliveries before Dhoni hit him for a six over long-off. But Richardson replied in the best possible way, castling the former India skipper to all, but seal the game in his team’s favour. Australia went on to defend the daunting 334 runs they had posted as India got restricted to 313 for eight.
Richardson’s fellow pacers – Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins as the trio conceded less than six runs per over during their 10-over spells. Speaking after the game, Richardson said sticking to captain Steven Smith’s game plan helped the Pacers to do well.
“Yeah.. umm it was down to the wire, but 40 of 3 overs sounds like a lot, as a batting team you can chase it down quite easily in this day and age. So it was just keeping our plans what Smithy wanted, and it was nice when the captain tells you what to do, so you just go about and try to execute that as best as you can,” Richardson said.
Richardson further opened up on his bowling experience to Dhoni in the death overs.
“I haven’t experienced bowling to him at the death before. I’ve played against him a little bit in IPL but I haven’t managed to bowl to him in the end, so it is nerve wrecking because you have your plans in the meeting, and the plan is to never put it in his arc pretty much and pace on the ball is a bad thing, so as I said Smithy knows him pretty well, so he just come up and said look do this and all you can do is try your best and luckily last night things worked out,” he said.
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