Watch: Steve Smith takes a blinder to dismiss Rohit Sharma
Updated - Dec 19, 2014 3:22 pm
Watch: Steve Smith takes a blinder to dismiss Rohit Sharma: India vs Australia series “The tour that matters” is turning out to be highly competitive and extremely dramatized. It’s just the starting of this series, and we have got to experience everything; right from fantastic batting to aggressive bowling display, and not to forget the energetic and committed fielding effort. In the Border Gavaskar series 2014-15, every player from either side is trying to give it more than 100% on the field. After a nail-biting test match ended in Adelaide, it is time for Gabba to host the second test, and the action continues.
The first day was not a good day on the field for the Aussies; India got to a nice position mainly because of the centurion, Murali Vijay, who was dropped twice by Shaun Marsh. Vijay made them pay a huge price for the missed chances and went on to score a brilliant 144 ensuring India a big first innings total.
It all started with India’s overnight pair of Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma coming out to bat early in the morning. Just when the two started looking dangerous, the Australian bowlers pushed in full throttle to get the initial breakthrough.
Captain Steve Smith handed over the ball to Shane Watson, one his most experienced bowlers. Watson delivered a beautiful ball in the driving zone, pitching in the good length, just a few inches outside the off-stump. Rohit chased the wildish delivery and all he managed was a thick edge to nick that ball towards the slips. It was racing to the third slip, which was vacant, and then came in to frame the 45th Australian test captain in his jumping shoes; Steven Smith, who was in the 2nd slip position, threw himself towards his right and clasped the ball in his right hand millimetres before it could touch the ground.
A full stretch dive which saw him defy gravity for a good second or so got Australia the crucial breakthrough early on and mended the game in their favour. The team needed someone to rise and it was the skipper, who chose to lead the team, and soon the Australian bowlers were all over the Indian lower middle order and the tail bundled in cheaply.
Here is the Video via (Cricket Australia Official Twitter Account)
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