Hardik Pandya’s athleticism too good to handle for Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla scored 82 before getting run out towards the end of day one.
Published - Jan 13, 2018 10:22 pm | Updated - Sep 23, 2019 5:38 pm
The ongoing second Test between India and South Africa in Centurion has already bagged a lot of headlines. From surprising team selections to the awkward behavior of the pitch, the fans have seen it all. By the end of day 1, the equation seems to be balanced between the two sides. Things could have been worse for the visitors had they not managed to get two runouts in picture, that of Hashim Amla and Vernon Philander, in the final hour of play.
The South African batsmen made merry on the day and ensured they took full bounty that was available from the track early on in the innings. The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, kept looking for ways to get wickets on the day. There arrived a point in the game when the shoulders had started dipping down for the visitors. It was right then that the flurry of wickets had them alive all over again.
The cavalcade of the final session began with the dismissal of Hashim Amla. Amla, who had earlier missed out to score in either of the two innings in Cape Town, looked good for his solid 82. He was undone by a master work by Hardik Pandya in the field. The action perspired in the 81st over of the match. Pandya bowled a short delivery to Hashim Amla that rose up a little awkwardly.
Amla managed to fend it down the ground as the ball rolled past the pitch. Faf du Plessis, who was stationed at the non-striker end, believed that a single could be easily stolen there. The cheeky effort ended up costing South Africa dearly. Amla responded to du Plessis’ call and ran towards the non-striker’s end. In the way, he saw an intercepting Hardik Pandya who dived low to field the ball.
In a flash, Pandya grabbed the ball and had a direct shot at the stumps. The ball hit the stumps directly and the replays confirmed that Hashim Amla was short of his crease. Hardik celebrated the wicket with a dab as Amla walked back after scoring 82 off 153 deliveries. Soon, India ran out Vernon Philander as well.
Watch the video of Hashim Amla getting run out here: