Hanuma Vihari gets rid of Marcus Harris with a surprise delivery
The batsman had little clue this delivery would do that much and was caught off guard.
Updated - Dec 14, 2018 2:51 pm
On a green pitch at the new Perth stadium, Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bat first. The pitch didn’t seem to have any help in it for the spinners, so India went in with four fast bowlers. After a wicket-less first session, the post-Lunch game panned out much better for the visitors. Virat Kohli then produced a masterstroke just before the tea break. The Indian captain brought part-time off-spinner Hanuma Vihari into the attack and it did the trick for him.
The youngster is known for his ability to pick some crucial wickets. He got India a crucial breakthrough in the form of Marcus Harris. The Australian opener was looking comfortable on the crease having spent the whole morning working hard and was batting on 70.
The left-hander looked comfortable dealing with the bounce produced by this pitch before a delivery by Vihari bounced a bit too much to surprise him. The ball was pitched outside the off stump, it was slightly short of good length. Harris looked to cut it but the ball bounced drastically after pitching to leave him in an awkward position.
It was too sharp to handle for the Australian opener who could do nothing to keep it down. The ball on its way took his glove and it was a regulation catch for Ajinkya Rahane at first slip.
Here is the video of the ball:
That's done a bit!
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Hanuma Vihari brought India back in the match
It was a very important wicket and the reaction of India players proved it. This wicket meant that Australia had two new batsmen at the crease and India went into tea in a pretty comfortable position.
Earlier Australian openers proved that Tim Paine’s decision to bat first was the right decision. Aaron Finch faced a lot of criticism after his failure in the first Test of the series. The Australian limited-overs specialist scored an important half-century and gave the team a solid start with Harris. They shared an opening partnership worth 112 runs on a pitch that looked as green as it could get.
Australian team looked in the driving seat at that stage before India took some quick wickets. It was Jasprit Bumrah who got the wickets of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja. Then they got the wicket of Harris just before the tea and India will feel they’re back in the game.