India National Cricket Team’s 28-year-old pacer Mohammed Siraj produced a superb direct hit to knock out Sri Lanka National Cricket Team’s all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne in the dead rubber third ODI on Sunday 15 January.
The third ODI of the three match series between Rohit Sharma led India National Cricket Team and Dasun Shanaka led Sri Lanka National Cricket Team was played at Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
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Mohammed Siraj bowled the new ball extremely well while defending a giant target. He dismissed Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Nuwanidu Fernando and Wanindu Hasaranga in the first 10 overs. Then on the 4th ball of the 12th he ran out Karunaratne with a brilliant direct hit.
Siraj threw a full-length straight to Karunaratne and the Sri Lankan all-rounder defended it quite well and held his pose. Siraj quickly picked up the ball and threw it back to the stumps and Karunaratne was caught off guard. As the decision went upstairs, the Sri Lankan all-rounder’s legs were seen to be out of whack just as the ball hit the stumps.
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I wanted to try and get my first fifer, tried really hard – Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj bowled exceptionally well in the match, ending his 10-over spell with figures of 4/32, sadly missing his five-wicket haul.
Speaking after India’s monstrous 317-run victory over the visitors, Siraj said he tried very hard to take a five wicket haul and captain Rohit Sharma gave him plenty of chances but he was unable to take the last wicket . He said:
“I wanted to try and get my first fifer. Tried really hard, but you only get as much as you deserve. The outswing came out nicely, but the wicket takeover was the scrambled seam. I’m just trying to put some doubt in the batter with those outswing deliveries. Captain tried his best to get me that fifer but what can we do.
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