40th Over Turned the Tide in Our Favour: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Written by Vishwas Gupta

On Sunday in India’s second game against defending champions Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers picking up 3/50 as Virat Kohli’s side emerged victorious with a 36-run margin at the Oval.

The 40th over the game bowled by Bhuvneshwar turned the tide firmly in India’s favour as the Indian paceman prised out an ominous-looking Steve Smith (69) and dangerous Marcus Stoinis (0) in a matter of three deliveries.

“For me, it was the game-changing over or the over which turned the tide in our favour. Smith was set and Stoinis is as dangerous as anyone in their team. So getting them out got us right back into the match again,” Bhuvneshwar told the media in the ICC mixed zone after the game on Sunday.

“I don’t think there was too much pressure. I was only thinking about bowling dot-balls or getting them out. ODIs are such that if you go for runs in an over, you can make a comeback. That’s what happened in that over (40th),” he added.

“We had 350 runs on the board, so what we wanted to do was bowl dot balls. The last 10 overs chasing nearly 15 runs per over is not easy, because you have to keep on hitting in every over. The moment we got wickets especially Smith, Stoinis and Maxwell we knew that we could win the match,” he added further.

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