Andrew Symonds

Notable Performances

When Symonds the bowler wrecked India A

It was the third encounter in the five match series. The teams were level at one game all. And the Indians who had won the second match seemed to be carrying on the good work when they restricted the Australians to 160 for nine in 40 overs. Symonds himself had failed with the bat making only 14 but there was always a feeling that a dynamic cricketer like him would somehow make an impact.

Medium pacer Denton gave the Australians the break by dismissing JP Yadav and S.Sriram with only 21 runs on the board. Symonds came on as first change and immediately struck a major blow by having the India A skipper VVS Laxman caught by Hansen for just two runs. That made India A 30 for three in the 12th over. In his next over, Symonds had Devang Gandhi leg before for nine. And when two balls later, he had Md Kaif caught by Martyn for nought, India A were already facing defeat at 37 for five.

Symonds was far from finished. At 52, he took his fourth wicket when he had Sameer Dighe caught behind by Gilchrist. In his next over he forced Shewag into giving a catch to Campbell. Symonds had taken five consecutive wickets and the Indians' back was well and truly broken at 59 for seven. Two balls later, Symonds had Vijay Bhardwaj caught by Campbell and at 60 for eight after 20 overs, the Indians' back was well and truly broken.

With figures of 6-1-14-6, Symonds had sliced through the middle order giving the Indians no hope of coming back into the match. At the start of the innings, the Indians chasing a moderate target, were the favourites to win. But some penetrative bowling by the dynamic young cricketer saw the Australians bounce right back and in the end they were able to score a comfortable victory to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Shane Lee took the last two wickets as India A were shot out for 62 in 23 overs. The Australians, thanks principally to Symonds, won by 98 runs and never looked back, winning the series by four matches to one.

Moov America Challenge, 1999, 3rd One-day: Australia A v India A, 18 Sept 1999

Date-stamped : 30 Dec1999 - 13:43