In the highly anticipated Match 05 of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Team India and Australia locked horns in a fierce battle. While Australia won the toss and opted to bat, it was India’s bowlers who stole the spotlight with a spectacular display, with Ravindra Jadeja delivering a mesmerizing ball to dismiss Steven Smith.
The game began with Australia batting, but their decision to do so did not yield the expected results. The Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing, delivering a scintillating performance to dismantle the Australian batting lineup.
India’s early breakthrough came when Virat Kohli took an astonishing catch in the slips to send Mitchell Marsh packing. This set the tone for what was to come in the match. Despite the early loss of Marsh, Australia managed to build a steady partnership when Steve Smith and David Warner joined forces. The duo added 69 runs for the second wicket, seemingly giving Australia some stability.
Jadeja sends back Smith with a beauty
However, Jadeja had different plans. He orchestrated a remarkable comeback for India by taking three wickets in quick succession, causing the Australian team to falter. Jadeja’s magical moment arrived in the 28th over of the Australian innings.
With a delivery that defied belief, Jadeja sent shockwaves through the stadium. The ball drifted in towards the leg-stump or possibly just outside it, landed on a good length, and then spun viciously right across Smith’s forward defense. The ball clipped the top of the off-stump, leaving even the experienced Smith dumbfounded.
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Smith, renowned for his exceptional batting skills, could only respond to Jadeja’s brilliance with a wry smile. It was a moment of cricketing genius that showcased the artistry of spin bowling. Smith’s reaction illustrated the sheer quality of Jadeja’s delivery.
Here is the video:
Peach of a delivery from Sir Jadeja 🔥
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Jadeja’s triple strike
Jadeja’s exceptional spell did not stop with the dismissal of Smith. He went on to claim two more wickets, removing Marnus Labuschagne for 27 with a sharp catch taken by KL Rahul, and dismissing Alex Carey leg-before-wicket to complete his impressive 3-wicket haul.
With these crucial wickets, Jadeja further derailed Australia’s batting unit, consolidating India’s position in the match. His remarkable performance left cricket fans in awe and played a pivotal role in India’s dominance on the field during the World Cup 2023 clash against Australia.
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