Ishant and the ducks
Someone once told me that 4 overs was too less a time for a bowler to dominate the batting team and it was nearly impossible to get a five wicket haul. Ishant Sharma did both that yesterday in just 2 overs! The Kochi-Deccan match was played on a surface that would have to described as a batsman's horror. It had grass, bounce and some moisture making it a deadly combination. And combine swing bowlers in Kochi's ranks such as R.P. Singh and in Deccan's side, Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma, you got yourself a nightmare on your hands and that's exactly what the batsman were subjected to [SCORECARD].
Deccan batting first found themselves at 20 for 3 with in form Chipli out. Cameron White was completely out of touch and together he and skipper, Sangakara dug in and started to slowly rebuild the innings. Sangakara was bowled of a no-ball by Sreesanth and then things got ugly. At the 10th over they were only had some 30 odd runs on the board, but then Sangakara got going and with a few lusty blows from White, they found themselves at 110 for 4 at the end of the 16th over. They managed a mediocre 130 which apparently was a much bigger score than it seems.
Kochi started of badly as McCullum in the very first over to Steyn. And it got worse as Sharma dismissed Patel, Gomez and Hodge in the second over. With the score 2 for 4, things looked bad, but it was about to get worse. In Sharma's second over another two wickets fell including that of Jayawardna making the score 11 for 6 with Sharma having a dream bowling figure of 5 for 6. The top six batsman in the Kochi team together contributed just 4 runs and all that coming from the blade of Jayawardna. Five ducks in the top six! Jadeja, and Perera showed some fight but it was a mountain to climb and with Deccan's pace battery the Kochi team was soon bundled up for a measly 74 with 7 ducks and just 3 scores in the double digits. Deccan's batting wasn't much better but the two people who did get in the double digits made it count.
Whatever the case, Ishant looks all fired up and let's hope that this new Ishant lasts for India. So with nine ducks in the match, I think duck hunting season is finally open!