Australia vs India: Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliant throw catches Usman Khawaja short of his crease
Khawaja was looking good on 21 when he was dismissed.
Updated - Jan 15, 2019 10:50 am
Indian fans might feel worried that an extended punishment could see the team losing out a key all-rounder in Hardik Pandya in the World Cup in May-July, but the Men in Blue have another player of high all-round capacity in their ranks and it is Ravindra Jadeja. The left-arm spinner proved once again in Adelaide on Tuesday that he can walk into any team in any format not just for his bowling and batting qualities but also for his exceptional fielding.
Jadeja came out with a brilliant piece of run-out after Australia won the toss and elected to bat in the second ODI. It was Usman Khawaja who was at the receiving end. The left-handed batsman tried to cut and chopped the ball to the cover point where Jadeja was prowling like a predator. He swooped to the left and picked the ball with his better hand and fired it into the stumps at the non-striker’s end in no time.
Khawaja was already on the run for a single but fell short of the safety line by a whisker as it was confirmed by the TV umpire. Jadeja’s fatal throw was just a mirror image of the ones that Jonty Rhodes used to make once.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2019
Khawaja’s run-out pegged Aussies back
The sudden runout in the 19th over which was being bowled by Jadeja’s fellow left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav put a check on the hosts’ scoring rate. Khawaja had added 56 runs with Shaun Marsh in around 11 overs by then and Peter Handscomb replaced him. However, the latter is also back in the hut now with Australia’s score reading 134/4 in the 28th over.
For India, the spearheads Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami took a scalp each with the former being more miserly. The match saw Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj making his international debut although he has been expensive so far The visitors were playing five bowlers in the crucial tie which they have to win to keep the three-match series alive.