Watch: Scott Boland bowled Shubman Gill in a wicket maiden in the World Test Championship final today (June 8), bringing the ball back in sharply from outside off as the opener left alone and was flummoxed.
India had come back into the game on day two, taking the last seven Australia wickets for 106 runs to keep them to 469, when a 500-plus total had looked on the cards. Rohit Sharma and Gill each started with sweetly struck second-ball boundaries to give hopes that the resurgence would continue, though Australia were still favourites with sports betting site Betway.
Instead, Pat Cummins pinned Rohit lbw, but while the India captain was a loss, most of their fans’ hopes rested on Gill, coming off a remarkable IPL campaign and having made a maiden Test ton in his most recent appearance.
But he was undone by a clever piece of bowling from Boland, who hit a metronomic line and length outside off-stump, leaving Gill unsure whether to play or not. He chose not to at a disastrous juncture, with the ball seaming in significantly after pitching, and was bowled off and middle, with a stunned look on his face in the aftermath.
It quickly became clear just how stunning the delivery was, with it moving 1.27 degrees off the wicket after pitching. It was rated by CricViz’s Expected Wickets model as the most dangerous delivery bowled in the game, and one of the most deadly bowled by an Australian in England since ball tracking began.
The ball from Boland to dismiss Gill had a 33% chance of taking a wicket re our Expected Wickets at @CricViz. That’s the most threatening ball bowled in the game so far, and the 10th most threatening bowled by an Aussie in England since 2006, when tracking was first available. pic.twitter.com/2gUyoiyEP0
— Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) June 8, 2023
India went to tea on 37-2, a long way behind in the game.
Watch Scott Boland bowl Shubman Gill below:
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