Four in six, ball by ball - Siraj scythes through Sri Lanka
Three overs into the Asia Cup final, Sri Lanka were already in a tricky situation, 8 for 1 against an India new-ball pair moving the ball prodigiously in overcast conditions. By the end of the fourth over, they were in a daze, unsure of what had hit them, after Mohammed Siraj became just the fourth bowler (in matches where ball-by-ball records are available) to pick up four wickets in an over in ODIs. Here's how it unfolded. Siraj go on with three slips 3.1 Siraj to Nissanka, OUT A shocker from Jadeja. A length ball from Siraj, right outside off. Nissanka pushed at it, opening the substance of the bat at the resource, and that implied the ball went squarer. Jadeja plunged to one side and pouched it low with two hands Sadeera Samarawickrama at No. 4 3.2 Siraj to Samarawickrama, no run Length ball in the channel, disappearing. Let be 3.3 Siraj to Samarawickrama, OUT An interest for lbw and the umpire barely got some margin to raise his finger. However, sadeera needs to audit it. Was a length ball pitching right external off that beat within edge and hit the player around knee roll on the front cushion. The ball-following shows it would have proceeded to stir things up around town of the leg stump. Sri Lanka in hot water Charith Asalanka is the new hitter - one of the most outstanding No. 5s right now. Two slips for him 3.4 Siraj to Asalanka, OUT Siraj on a full go-around! He has got three out of four balls now! It was full around off and Asalanka just pushed at it - think with little footwork, neglecting to hold it down. It went directly to cover where Kishan took it before his face, with invert cups Dhananjaya de Silva to confront the full go-around ball. Four slips 3.5 Siraj to Dhananjaya, FOUR runs Length ball on the stumps and de Silva simply pushes it through the empty mid-on locale. Siraj, brimming with adrenaline, places in the pursuit close by Kishan, beats Kishan yet neglects to stop the limit. Kohli at slip, in the mean time, can't quit giggling 3.6 Siraj to Dhananjaya, OUT Fourth wicket for Siraj in the over - Sri Lanka 12 for 5! It was in the channel, somewhat more full than great length with the crease pointing towards profound third. Dhananjaya pushes at it away from the body. The ball moves away to take a weak external edge and Rahul finishes a guideline get Siraj was in no way, shape or form done at this point. He bowled Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lanka commander, with an unplayable outswinger off the fourth chunk of his next finished, at which stage he had gotten a five-wicket pull in the wake of conveying only 16 balls. Nobody has taken a faster five-for in ODIs where ball-by-ball record is accessible.