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CA XI vs India: Daniel Fallins castles Prithvi Shaw around his legs in Sydney

Until that moment Shaw had looked flawless scoring 66 off 69 deliveries.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw. (Photo Source: PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

India were put into bat by the opponents on the second day of their four-day warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI ahead of the Test series Down Under starting next week. The visitors played well with five of their top six batsmen scoring fifties. Young opener Prithvi Shaw, who had a sensational international debut at home last month, played an entertaining knock of 66 off 69 balls in the match.

However, while his batting made the Indian fans happy, the mode of his dismissal would certainly make the Australian fans wear a smile on their faces. The way 22-year-old leg spinner bowled the attacking opening batsman around his legs, any cricket lover would have remembered the day when the wizard named Shane Warne had left everyone in awe of his bowling. The bowler was Daniel Fallins who made his first-class debut only last year and has played four matches so far, picking 15 wickets.

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Shaw sweeps but falls and the ball hits stumps from behind

It was in the 21st over of the innings when Prithvi Shaw was playing with Cheteshwar Pujara (54) after the other opener KL Rahul got dismissed early for three. Fallins produced a perfect leg break that pitched outside the leg stump and spun a long way in to rattle Shaw’s timber even as he tried to sweep it and lost his balance and fell. It was the only wicket that Fallins took in the innings and it was indeed a memorable one.

Had Warne seen this footage of this dismissal, he would also have turned nostalgic, all the more because he himself had made his Test debut against the same country in 1991-92 at the very Sydney Cricket Ground where the match is being played.

However, he had an ordinary debut but went on to become one of the world’s best spinners with 708 scalps in the longer format, bettered only by Muttiah Muralitharan. In 1993, Warne first made his statement of greatness when by castling England’s Mike Gatting in what was termed as the ‘Ball of the Century’.

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