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Published on 05 Jun 2015 | about 1 year ago

West Indian leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo dismisses Brad Haddin with wonder ball

On June 4, 1993, England's Mike Gatting was the victim of a Shane Warne leg-break at Old Trafford so mesmerising it lives on as the Ball of the Century.

Twenty-two years later to the day, Guyanese leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo has delivered a wonder ball of his own to deceive Australia's Brad Haddin at Windsor Park that is also sure to be replayed time and time again.

Cricket has a habit of tossing up glorious coincidences and Bishoo, 29, did his best to imitate Warne's legendary first ball in a test on English soil on the second day of the first test here.

West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo celebrates with team-mates after removing Australian batsman Brad Haddin on day two of the first test match in Dominica.
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West Indies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo celebrates with team-mates after removing Australian batsman Brad Haddin on day two of the first test match in Dominica.

A cry of 'bowled Shane' was heard in the media stand at the River End of the island's cricket stadium after Bishoo left Haddin stranded in his crease, barely believing the delivery that had pitched on leg gone turned sharply past him and crashed into the top of his off stump.

It was the highlight of a stunning first-session performance from the diminutive West Indies bowler, who added to his capture of Australian captain Michael Clarke on day one by sending Steve Smith and Shane Watson packing, as well as Haddin.

When the Australian wicketkeeper was bamboozled, Bishoo had three wickets in 19 balls, playing on the tourists' vulnerability against spin in subcontinental-like conditions.

Brad Haddin departs after being bamboozled Devendra Bishoo.
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Brad Haddin departs after being bamboozled Devendra Bishoo.

Smith was the first to go, his patient 25 coming unstuck when he was coaxed down the wicket and stumped by West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin.

Bishoo then made short work of Watson for 11, one ball after having a half-tracker dragged by the Australian all-rounder for a boundary. Watson went for him again, attempting a drive this time, instead catching an edge and landing in the hands of Jason Holder at second slip.

The ripper that fooled Haddin completed the collection.

Windsor Park is clearly a favoured track for the leg-spinner. Less than three months ago, he had collected 10 wickets for the match in a first-class outing for Guyana against Windward Islands here.

Since his debut four years ago, however, Bishoo has been an occasional test player, with the contest against Australia this week only his 13th match. The West Indies may well be picking him a lot more regularly after this memorable delivery.

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