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Iyer takes Chase to the cleaners, India score 31 in an over

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

In an innings highlighted by Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking century, West Indies off-spinner Roston Chase faced the wrath of India’s Shreyas Iyer, who took him for four sixes and a four in a single over during his stroke-filled half-century in the second ODI between the sides on Wednesday.

Having gone for 18 in his first four overs, Chase came on to bowl the 47th over of the Indian innings with Iyer and Rishabh Pant in fine hitting form. The previous two overs from Alzarri Joseph and Sheldon Cottrell had been taken for 14 and 24 respectively, with Pant doing the bulk the damage, smashing three fours and four sixes as India motored on rapidly.

Iyer, on 20 at that point, missed out on a full toss – it was called no-ball – from the off-spinner and passed on the strike to Pant. The left-hander missed out on the free hit, managing just a single, but the mayhem was yet to be unleashed.

Chase missed his length and fired a knee-high full-toss onto Iyer’s pads and the right-hander lofted it towards mid-wicket, where Khary Pierre, the fielder, parried it over the ropes while making a diving effort. Chase delivered another full toss and Iyer nonchalantly lifted it into the wide long-on stand for another maximum.

The bowler went round the wicket and fired a full one onto the pads and Iyer got it to the left of short fine-leg for a four. A half-volley wide outside the off-stump followed and Iyer smoked it well over long-on for another maximum. It didn’t change much on the final ball, as Chase delivered another knee-high full toss and Iyer pounced on to hit another one soaring over deep mid-wicket.

Chase conceded 31 off the over: the joint-sixth most expensive over in the history of ODI cricket in a list topped by Netherland’s Daan van Bunge, who was hit for six sixes by Herschelle Gibbs at the 2007 World Cup. The over also marked the most runs scored in a single over by India, surpassing the 28 scored by Sachin Tendulkar and Ajay Jadeja off New Zealand’s Chris Drum at Hyderabad in 1999.

Iyer reached his fourth straight fifty from a mere 28 balls with a single off Keemo Paul in the next over, before eventually falling to Cottrell on 53. India finished at 387-5 at the completion of 50 overs.

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