When Sehwag bowled the last over
By B Dixit - Nov 9, 2017 12:01 pm
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Former Indian captain, Virender Sehwag, was a demolishing opener back in his days. As an intimidating opener, there were very less instances when Sehwag finished the innings for India in ODI cricket. In 251 ODI appearances for India, Sehwag remained not out on only nine occasions. Having said that, there was a typical case where, with the ball in hand, Sehwag finished the innings for India.

It was during the 10th match of the Commonwealth Bank Series 2012. India were facing Australia at Sydney. Shane Watson, leading the side in the absence of Michael Clarke, won the toss and chose to bat. Praveen Kumar made early inroads as he dismissed Watson and Peter Forrest in the third and seventh over respectively.

David Warner kept playing his shots at one end and Australia kept losing wickets at the other. MS Dhoni, the then Indian captain, introduced Virender Sehwag as the third spinner and bowled him over Irfan Pathan and Umesh Yadav, so much so that he continued to bowl in the death overs as well.

On the back of half-centuries from Warner, David Hussey and Matthew Wade, Australia ended up scoring 252-9 in 50 overs. With figures of 9-0-43-3, Sehwag was the pick of the Indian bowlers. Watch the video of Sehwag bowling the last over of the Australian innings: