Well, it was a tremendous day at the office for Yuzvendra Chahal, who finished with a six-wicket haul. His incredible spell followed by the brilliance from the fast bowlers and the fielders helped India to restrict Australia for a below-par total on the board.
Initially, it was India, who won the toss and choose to bowl first. The premium swing master Bhuvneshwar Kumar was once again brilliant for India, who sent back Alex Carey and Aaron Finch for cheap scores.
It was a disappointing inning from Aaron Finch, who was expected to score runs at his home ground. However, Bhuvneshwar was too good for him. Meanwhile, it was again Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja, who started to balance the ship.
The duo added a 73-run partnership for the third wicket before Yuzvendra Chahal injected a double-wicket over in the innings. Firstly, he tricked Shaun Marsh by bowling a wide delivery to see MS Dhoni breaking the stumps while Usman Khawaja gave a simple return catch.
During the course, Marcus Stoinis also walked back in quick time to make things look bleak for Australia. However, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell tried to counter-attack Indians, who were successful for quite a period of time.
Just when things looked like moving in a better mode, Shami’s bounced followed by Bhuvneshwar’s brilliant dive catch sent Glenn Maxwell back to the hut. It also pushed Indians back to driver seat to take the advantage in the game.
Though Peter Handscomb hung in the middle, it was Chahal, who spun a web around the Australian batsmen. They never looked comfortable in tackling the leg-spinner, who ended up giving him a 6-wicket haul.
Here are few Twitter Reactions:
Chahal pahal kardi ladke ne australia dressing room me . 😍😍 #AUSvIND
— Hunटरर ♂ 🥳 (@nickhunterr) January 18, 2019
endura mass weight gainer present chahal.
— capt. (@thephukdi) January 18, 2019
The legendary Yuzvendra Chahal
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) January 18, 2019
Great effort from the Indian bowlers to bowl out Australia for 230. @yuzi_chahal was outstanding to pick up 6 wickets. Now for our batsman to chase this and win the one day series as well.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 18, 2019
Wah ji @yuzi_chahal , Chahalka macha rakha hai . 6 wicket , Shaabash
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 18, 2019
if only in the interest of fairness, Karan Johar should have presented Vijay Shankar his ODI cap this morning #AUSvIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 18, 2019
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) January 18, 2019
Cleaned them up for 230!
Hoping for a Rohit show now #AUSvIND
— Yashraj Bhalerao (@yashrajbhalerao) January 18, 2019
These 220-240 targets are tricky sometimes
Early wickets & complacency factor 😬
you never know
Had to be really careful in chasing down these kinda final match scores #AUSvIND
— AtmAnaM viddhi ♥️ (@travellingyogic) January 18, 2019
— K I N G 🤴 (@iam_nagendra95) January 18, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019
Australia have been bowled out for 230 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 18, 2019
Great opportunity for Team India to seal the series with a historic win and for Ravi Shastri to continue as coach for another 25 years. #AUSvIND
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) January 18, 2019
Excellent spell from Chahal. Has pulled the game India's way. Took wickets at the top, bowled deep into the innings, did everything asked of him today.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 18, 2019
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) January 18, 2019
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019
Mohammed Shami wraps up the Australian innings for 230, picking up the final wicket of Stanlake. Chahal ends with a brilliant 6/42.
— ICC (@ICC) January 18, 2019