Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Pictured here, Shikha Pandey roars in delight after delivering the ball of the century 'against Australia.

Shikha Pandey’s amazing moment has been described by many as the ‘ball of the century’. Photo: Fox Sports

A moment of absolute magic from Indian fast bowler Shikha Pandey has left the cricket world in a spin during the second the women’s T20 match against Australia Saturday night.

Australia survived an almighty Indian fightback to win the match on the Gold Coast by four wickets, in a game that will be remembered for one of the all-time great deliveries.

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The victory secured Australia an unassailable 9-5 lead in the multi-format series ahead of Sunday’s third T20I at Metricon Stadium.

The tense finish on Saturday seemed unlikely after Australia reduced India to 9-81 during their innings before the late hit Pooja Vastrakar lifted the tourists to 9-118.

The home team’s run chase got off to a terrific start, despite Alyssa Healy tearing a first ball boundary off Pandey.

However, the Native American demanded his revenge on the next ball, after sending down a pass that embodied the very definition of ‘unplayable’.

Pandey’s evil swing ball started almost a meter outside Healy’s offstub before hitting the pitch and drastically deviating back towards the stumps.

A completely confused Healy stuck out of her bat in vain as the ball flashed through the Aussies defense and rattled at the top of her stump.

“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.”

Seen here, Shikha Pandey celebrates with Indian teammates after taking the wicket from Alyssa Healy.

Shikha Pandey celebrates with Indian teammates after her extraordinary delivery to clean the bowl of Alyssa Healy. Image: Getty

Former Australian batter Brad Hodge has said: “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’. ”

Co-commentator Andy Maher added: “I can not believe that delivery. 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? ”

Viewers were also left in a state of disbelief at Pandey’s delivery, with many describing it as the ‘ball of the century’.

Tahlia McGrath manages Australia to win

Australia fell to 4-46 midway through their run chase, but Tahlia McGrath, who made her T20I debut in Thursday’s washed-out match, scored an unbeaten 42 to see the home side reach the 119-goal mark with five balls left.

Spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad came on the field to remove Aussie skipper Meg Lanning (15), and when Ash Gardner (1) and Ellyse Perry (2) fell cheaply, the hosts were about to roll.

Beth Mooney’s dismissal of 34, blunted from Rajeshwari, threw even more dismay among the Australian camp.

However, McGrath rose and appropriately scored the winning round from the first ball of the final over to ensure Australia took the win and the series.

“It was a long time since that T20 debut came, so I was pretty happy to get the hat, and then the rain dampened the mood, so pretty special win tonight and extra special to end the series,” McGrath said.

“Wicket played a little harder than we originally thought, and to be honest, innings, I was in two minds, whether I was just trying to keep the running speed as close as possible, or whether I was trying to get a big over.

“So I was in two thoughts for a lot of innings, but luckily it came eventually.”

with AAP

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