Don't worry Ishant, it happens to everybody: James Faulkner

Australia's hero in the third ODI offered his sympathies to Ishant Sharma, who he plundered for 30 runs in the 48th over to give the visitors the advantage.

Updated: October 20, 2013 12:53 IST
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Mohali: Ishant Sharma bore the brunt of James Faulkner's conscious decision to go after seamers in the third ODI and the game-changing Australian all-rounder offered his sympathies to the Indian spearhead, saying that every bowler has days when he ends up looking "silly out there".

Faulkner's 29-ball 64 turned the match on its head on Saturday as Australia chased down 304 with three balls and four wickets to spare.

Faulkner particularly targetted Ishant in the 48th over, plundering 30 runs off it which changed the course of the game. Faulkner hit a boundary followed by two huge sixes, then stole a double and to add insult to the injury, once again dispatched Ishant's last two balls for the maximum in that over. (Match stats)

Later, he sympathised with Ishant, saying this can happen to any good bowler.

"There is always pressure to bowl at that stage. I know that as I have done that a few times for Australia...there are going to be days when you would look silly out there, and that has happened to me a lot of times, don't worry about that," Faulkner said.

"But there are also other times when you might bowl a good over and win a game for your team, that's cricket," he added.

The seven-match series is currently 2-1 in favour of Australia. Faulkner said after the mauling in the second ODI in Jaipur, the visitors' plan was to target the medium pacers when the asking rate was mounting.

"I didn't feel I could get Ashwin over the long boundary, with his carrom balls," Faulkner said at post-match press conference.

"I thought the only way we could win the game is to take on the medium pacers down from the other end and try and take 20 off each over...that was our only chance to be honest," he said.

"It was a kick in the guts, the second game in Jaipur. To score 360 and have them chase down the total was really disappointing. We knew we had to bounce back with a good game and now we are 2-1 up in the series. It's going to be a really tough contest for the next four games," he added. Faulkner's unbeaten knock was studded with six sixes and two boundaries.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni's unbeaten innings of 139, which propelled India to a total of over 300, went in vain thanks to the heroics of Faulkner, whose blistering hits overshadowed a composed knock by compatriot Adam Voges (76).

Faulkner heaped praise on Voges, saying he played a very good innings.

"He batted exceptionally well, with a mature head and I am happy for him."

"I thought through the middle we bowled really well as a group and restricted the boundaries at one stage and I suppose India did the same to us."

"To be pretty honest, it has been an unbelievable series so far. In the first three games, every single team that has batted first has posted over 300," he added.

"It's been really good series so far and I am pretty sure that there is going to be some strong cricket played for the last four games."

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