Chris Gayle gets flummoxed by a truly magnificent over bowled by Sohail Tanvir. Chris Gayle doesn’t need an introduction, he is the most destructive batsman cricket has ever seen.
Sohail Tanvir broke on to the International scene with an extraordinary bowling action. He was famous with the title of ‘<em>phanka</em>’, air fan among his peers because of the swift movement of his left arm. He bowled wrong footed and therefore was extremely difficult to pick in his prime.
Let us break down that over in to a ball by ball coverage to create the real impact it had on the match.
1st ball: Chris Gayle leaves a length ball that swings away from him after pitching and curls further towards the keeper. Sohail Tanvir, starts his over with the ball that goes away.
2nd ball: Chris Gayle leaves a back of a length ball, well alone as well. This time the ball bounces a touch more and is closer to Gayle’s hitting zone, tempting him to drive it but he doesn’t get attracted.
3rd ball: Sohail Tanvir tries to trap Gayle in his magical script but is not successful. The ball raps on Gayle’s pads as it comes in instead of going away from him this time. Gayle gets outside the line of the delivery and falls down in the process as he is anticipating it to go away.
4th ball: Well wide of off stump, Gayle leaves it alone comfortably.
5th ball: Shaping away from the left hander, left alone. The trap has been put into place again by Sohail Tanvir, who is trying to make sure the incoming delivery gets out of Chris Gayles’s mind
6th ball: Sohail Tanvir bowls a perfect yorker to stun Gayle and dislodge the stumps. It is a perfectly planned delivery for the left hander who has a high back lift and is susceptible towards yorkers early in his innings.