Gun England quick James Anderson has bowled one of the greatest overs of all time, in the Poms’ clash with India.
Champion England quick James Anderson has bowled one of the greatest overs of all time to lead the Poms to a 227-run, fifth-day victory over India in Chennai.
The most successful fast bowler in Test history castled India opener Shubman Gill and star middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane with two unplayable deliveries in four balls, in an exceptional display of reverse swing during the final morning session of the match.
Both deliveries dismantled the right-handers’ front-foot defences and ripped the off stump from the ground with balls two and five of the over.
And on the fourth delivery of the over the ball thudded into Rahane’s front pad, before the umpire’s on-field call of not out was upheld on review.
Anderson has now taken 611 Test wickets, but CricViz data reveals it was just the third time in Anderson’s career that he had bowled two batsmen in one over of a Test. The 38-year-old had already achieved the feat on his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 2003 and against South Africa in 2017.
One commentator on Fox Cricket’s coverage was stunned at the first wicket of the over.
“What a beauty,” he said.
“It was worth the wait for James Anderson. What an absolute ripper. He cannot believe it. His furniture has been recked behind him.”
Then when Anderson removed Rahane one ball after his LBW review had fallen threw, the commentator delivery a perfect summary of the dominant scenes.
“It does not matter, it does not matter,” he said.
“You don’t need the umpire when the stumps are cart-wheeling out of the ground.”
England set India 420 to win but bowled out the hosts for just 192 during the second session of the final day.
England captain Joe Root was awarded man of the match for his innings of 218 in the first innings.
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