T. Natarajan was picked in the Indian side for the final ODI against Australia to strike early. The left-arm seamer did exactly that as he castled Marnus Labuschagne early in the chase. Natarajan made an instant impression on his debut and provided the much-needed breakthrough for his side. This was the first wicket for team India in the first batting powerplay in the entire ODI series.
In the previous two encounters, Finch and Warner had made life extremely difficult for Indian pacers. However, Warner is not part of the final ODI due to injury hence Labuschagne was promoted to open for the first time in his career. Unlike the last two ODIs, the Canberra pitch has extra bounced which assisted both Jasprit Bumrah and T. Natarajan.
T. Natarajan Celebrates His Maiden Wicket For India
Labuschagne in his stay at the crease struggled to cope up with the bounce the wicket was offering to the two Indian fast bowlers. After surviving a close few scares Labuschagne’s luck finally ran out as T. Natarajan picked his maiden wicket for team India.
The left-arm seamer changed his angle and came around the wicket against Labuschagne. The new Indian pacer then executed a perfect back of a length delivery which Labuschagne saw an opportunity to score run against. The Australian batsman rocked onto the back foot and looked to execute a punch for a boundary.
However, the extra bounce of Natarajan defeated him completely as he ended up inside edging the ball onto his stumps. As soon as Natarajan saw the ball crashing into the wickets he had a smile on his face and much like IPL did his fist pump as all India players gathered around him to celebrate.
Labuschagne was sent packing to the pavilion by Natarajan for just 7 runs. Australia is chasing a target of 303 runs to complete a white-wash and win the ODI series 3-0 against India.
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LABUSCHAGNE IS OUT ‼️ 😲
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