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England batsmen had no answer to left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, as the spinner bamboozled the English batting line-up with five wickets to his name.
Yadav single-handedly brought down the power-packed line-up with his variations. The 23-year-old began his spell on a positive note by only conceding 5 runs in his very first over.
The spinner proceeded to destruction mode after getting the hang of the conditions at Old Trafford. Alex Hales was Kuldeep Yadav’s first victim after which Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and England captain Eoin Morgan made their way back to the pavilion in a single over.
The Kolkata Knight Riders spinner finished his spell on a high after dismissing the dangerous Jos Buttler for 69, thereby ending with terrific figures of 5-24.
In the process, Yadav managed to shatter several records which includes being the only the second bowler in Indian history to pick 3+ wickets in 3 consecutive outings.
Here’s how the Twitterati reacted to a memorable spell of bowling
Kuldeep Yadav… last three T20I matches – all in just 7 days!
12 wkts, for 61 runs, in 10.3 overs, R/o 5.80
4/21 (4) v Ire (Dublin)
3/16 (2.3) v Ire (Dublin)
5/24 (4) v Eng (Manchester)#EngvInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 3, 2018
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 3, 2018
Kuldeep Yadav is causing absolutely chaos ……. The Indians are a little bit better than the Aussies ……. #ENGvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 3, 2018
This is superb by Kuldeep, Bairstow beaten in the air and off the wicket, then Root bamboozled too. England in a tizzy, India on top
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 3, 2018
The magic of wrist spin again. Such fun watching young Kuldeep. He might just be bowling himself into the test team……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 3, 2018
Kuldeep carrying on what Kachra did to England in Lagan. #ENGvIND
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) July 3, 2018
While Akhilesh Yadav is busy picking up tiles and taps, Kuldeep Yadav is busy picking up WICKETS.#ENGvIND
— PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) July 3, 2018
5-fer for Kuldeep Yadav. As I have said earlier, genuinely feel England will really struggle to pick him.
After this performance, he will have a huge psychological impact and England will struggle even more against him. India have done brilliantly to restrict Eng to 159. #ENGvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 3, 2018
Thanks kuldeep Top spell Today 💪 https://t.co/OeJ9GdW5ej
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 3, 2018
WICKET(S)! Kuldeep has three in an over – Morgan (7) and Bairstow (0) & Root (0) off consecutive balls! He is on a hat-trick!! England 107-5 in the 14th
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 3, 2018