Who would have predicted that: India's Ramesh Powar puts in a shift with both bat and ball in one of his most memorable ODI performances
When England toured India for a 7-match ODI series in 2006, the home side dominated by 5-1. Strangely, in the only match that England won in the series, Ramesh Powar put in a shift with both bat and ball.
Although India lost the match by 5 wickets, this was one of the most memorable performances by Powar in his 31-match ODI career.
India 223 (48 overs) - MS Dhoni 96 (106), Ramesh Powar 54 (83); James Anderson 3/28 (9), Sajid Mahmood 3/37 (8)
England 227/5 (42.4 overs) - Andrew Strauss 74 (85), Ian Bell 46 (64); Harbhajan Singh 3/30 (10), Ramesh Powar 2/44 (8.4)
Result - England won by 5 wickets
In an inspired move by captain Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni came out to open the batting with the explosive right-hander. Although Sehwag was dismissed for just four in the first over, Dhoni went on to score 96 runs off 106 balls. His knock included 10 fours and 3 sixes. However, no other batter could hang in with him.
With India struggling at 186/6, Ramesh Powar came out to bat. The off-spinner wasn't known for his batting skills with an ODI average of 11.64, but he was a decent bat in domestic cricket with a First-class average of 26.53 and showed his skill with a 54-run knock which imparted India's score some respectability.
Powar remained at the crease for 83 balls and accumulated runs with singles and doubles in a knock that was played at a strike rate of 65. India were finally bowled out for 223 from 48 overs, giving their bowlers something to make a match out of.
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Virender Sehwag, 0.5 ov), 2-46 (Mohammad Kaif, 7.1 ov), 3-58 (Yuvraj Singh, 10.3 ov), 4-63 (Suresh Raina, 12.3 ov), 5-79 (Venugopal Rao, 15.3 ov), 6-186 (MS Dhoni, 38.1 ov), 7-196 (Harbhajan Singh, 40.2 ov), 8-209 (Ramesh Powar, 43.2 ov), 9-216 (RP Singh, 46.3 ov), 10-223 (Vikram Singh, 47.6 ov)
England openers Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell though were in no mood to concede the advantage. They had a 107-run partnership, with Strauss retiring hurt on 74. With useful contributions from Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood in the middle order, England chased down the total with more than 7 overs to spare.
Ramesh Powar was good with the ball for India as well and shared 5 wickets with fellow spinner Harbhajan Singh, bowling at an economy of 5.24.
Fall of wickets: 1-107 (Ian Bell, 19.5 ov), 2-120 (Vikram Solanki, 22.6 ov), 2-159* (Sir Andrew Strauss, retired not out ), 3-198 (Kevin Pietersen, 36.1 ov), 4-207 (Matt Prior, 38.5 ov), 5-209 (Liam Plunkett, 40.3 ov)
India - Virender Sehwag (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Venugopal Rao, Ramesh Powar, Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh, Vikram Singh, Munaf Patel
England - Sir Andrew Strauss (c), Ian Bell, Vikram Solanki, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior (wk), Liam Plunkett, Ian Blackwell, Matthew Hoggard, James Anderson, Sajid Mahmood
Match: IND v ENG, 6th ODI, England in India ODI Series
Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Toss: India won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur
Umpires: Krishna Hariharan, Rudi Koertzen
Third Umpire: Arani Jayaprakash
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama
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