Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Cricket fans have been left by an “unplayable” ball in the other women’s T20 between Australia and India on Saturday night.

A win would give Australia an unassailable lead in the multi-format series and the home side would have fantasized about their chances after limiting the Indians to 118 from their 20 overs.

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Australia is recovering from the ‘ball of the century’ and will claim victory over India

Alyssa Healy started the race chase with a boundary from the inning’s very first ball, but the opener’s night was shortened already the next delivery as she was at the receiving end of what many fans label the “ball of the century”.

Indian fast bowler Shikha Pandey played his first match in the series and bowled Healy with a fantastic insinger.

The ball started about a foot outside the stump, but deviated a huge distance to sneak past the Australian wicketkeeper’s defense, cut the top of the stumps and send zing bails flying.

Healy had no hope at all of hitting the incredible delivery that had viewers in shock.

“Talk about the swinging ball under light,” former Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar said in the comment.

“This has put the sixth stump and takes the top of the stump.

“Shikha Pandey, we have not seen her through this series at all, and she has come in and made an impact.”

Former Australian batter Brad Hodge added: “It’s extraordinary.”

“The only person I have seen do anything similar was Shane Bond from New Zealand.

“It is extraordinary for someone to move the ball and into the air from the seam. It’s a phenomenal delivery.

“It’s a significant deviation … for a ball that started at least two feet outside the off-stump. Alyssa Healy just wanted to go back and go, ‘Oh, too good for me this one tonight’. ”

“I can not believe that delivery,” commentator Andy Maher said.

“What a feeling she gets lumped on the first ball, but look at that. Have you ever seen a cricket ball do such a thing? ”

Pandey’s delivery had both players and fans in disbelief, with many describing the wicket ball as “unplayable” and a candidate for the ball of the century.

Injured Australian all-rounder Jess Jonassen tweeted: “Talk about a Saturday frog !!”

Shikha Pandey's delivery started outside the stump.
Shikha Pandey’s delivery started outside the stump.Source: Twitter
Poor old Alyssa Healy had no chance. (Photo by Matt Roberts / Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer added: “Ball of the Century, Woman Cricket Edition! Take a Shikha Pandey bow ”.

“This is perhaps the most unplayable delivery I have ever seen. Incredible, ”said sports reporter Mark Gottlieb.

“What a sensational ball! said cricket reporter Melinda Farrell. “Absolutely ridiculous”.

ABC sports journalist Brittany Carter also praised Pandey’s delivery.

“My word,” she tweeted. “No matter how many times you play this delivery again, it begs faith! What an absolute peach ”

Sports journalist Daniel Cherny added: “It’s as unplayable as it gets from Pandey.”

“Holy hell. It’s the ball of the century. Incredible.”

The loss of Healy triggered a collapse for Australia, with captain Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner and Ellyse Perry all falling cheap.

At one point, the Aussies looked shaky at 5-71, but a steady knock of 42 from 33 balls from match player Tahlia McGrath and a cameo from Georgia Wareham got them over the line with five balls left.

The result gives Australia an unassailable 9-5 lead in the overall points score and seals the league winner with a T20 left.

McGrath has impressed across all three formats and was ecstatic to secure victory for Australia.

“Pretty good feeling at the moment,” she said after the match.

“The bowlers set it up from the start. India bowled really well early. Pretty happy to get away with the win and the series winner.

“It is quite special. It’s been an unreal series, some really exciting cricket.

“Getting the series’ victory over now with a game to play is pretty special.”

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