India vs Australia 6th ODI Highlights 30 October 2013
Australia scored just 89 runs in the first 22 overs. They even struggled against spin. Amit Mishra even toyed around with George Bailey and Shane Watson for a couple of overs. Then Bailey hit R Ashwin for a six and a four, and India completely lost the plot. At times the bowling was so poor and not to their fields, it seemed India had only six or seven fielders on the park. The last 28 overs went for a colossal 261, Bailey smashed a host of records on his way to 114-ball 156, and Watson smashed his first century of the series.
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R Ashwin's economy rate of 4.2 at the 22-over mark went to 6.4; Amit Mishra, playing his first ODI in India, went from 2.67 to 7.8; and Ravindra Jadeja's four an over became 6.8. Jadeja also bowled two no-balls that produced catches, the first one of which proved immensely costly. In the 17th over, with the batsmen shackled by the spinners, Watson went to slog-sweep him. The leading edge settled with cover-point, but replays revealed the tightest of no-balls: as Jadeja's toe landed, his heel - in the air - was over the line, and not behind it.
Had Jadeja not over-stepped then, Watson would have been out for 25 off 34, and Australia would have been 69 for 3. It would have spelled a lot of trouble for Australia because the two didn't quite seem comfortable against spin at that time. Neither was picking Mishra's googlies, and Australia had already allowed themselves to be under pressure with Aaron Finch getting bowled, trying to hoick the first Ashwin delivery.