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Manish Pandey pulls off a stunner to send Handscomb back to the pavilion

Pandey timed his jump to perfection and held onto the ball.

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After two ODIs between India and Australia, it won’t be wrong to say, that it’s the first time we can say that Australia have arrived to compete with India. In third ODI at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and decided to bat first on a belter of a wicket. For this game, Australia made a pivotal change as their regular opener Aaron Finch was fit to take his place and Hilton Cartwright made way.

Finch made a fabulous 124 runs and was not just back in the squad but immediately amongst the runs as well. His strike rate was almost 100, however, it was just when you thought Australia would instil life into this series, in what was a must-win game for them, a familiar script unfolded in Indore as an Australian batting collapse to 293 for the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs, after being in a position to get to at least 330.

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Pandey pulls off a stunner

Smith and Finch managed to put up a partnership of 150 runs and fell just when they were looking dangerous, this helped India dominate the game. However, cricket is a funny game and it will be early to predict a winner of today’s encounter, but we already have a star performer, in form of Manish Pandey who pulled off a stunner to send back Peter Handscomb for just three.

To up the scoring rate, Handscomb charged down the wicket and nine out of ten times he would have been successful in clearing the fence. But this time, he was deceived by the slower one from Jasprit Bumrah. As the ball was sailing over the boundary rope, Pandey timed his jump to perfection and held onto the ball. He was tracking towards the boundary rope, so he threw the ball in the air, took his time and completed a stunning catch with utmost ease in the end.

Here is Manish Pandey’s catch

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