None of the England batsmen were able to read Kuldeep’s brilliant spell which was also the best figures by any left-arm spinner in ODIs. He surpassed compatriot Murali Karthik’s record of 6/27 against Australia in 2007.
Kuldeep bowled an astounding 38 dot balls and not once he was hit for a boundary. This was Kuldeep’s first five-for in ODIs after he had recently achieved the same feat in T20Is during the Manchester encounter.
That Kuldeep was singularly responsible for England’s batting collapse was evident more so because the next best figures were 2 for 70 in 9.5 overs by Umesh Yadav.
Kuldeep was not afraid to flight the ball and dipped viciously having the batsmen in two minds. Some played with the turn and some tried against the turn — both with dismal outcomes.
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