Against the run of play at Bangalore in the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, R. Ashwin pulled off an absolute stunner to get rid of Peter Handscomb late into the afternoon session. The right-hander looked to play the ball from Ravindra Jadeja towards the on-side and even managed to place it well.
The batsman’s intention was to play the ball towards midwicket in a bid to get in a couple of runs. However, an alert R. Ashwin positioned there, dived full length to catch the ball out of thin air. The catch wasn’t just completed there as after falling on the ground, the ball did bounce out of Ashwin’s hand. However, the ball hit his forearm and again went back to his palms and that is how the catch was completed.
In the context of the game, that catch could well have a colossal impact on the eventual outcome, as it came at a time when the two batsmen were looking well set. Handscomb was looking fluent and had no difficulty in facing the Indian spin twins. Along with Shaun Marsh, Handscomb was running away with the game before some brilliance from Ashwin ended his knock.
Soon after Handscomb was dismissed, it was pace spearhead Ishant Sharma’s chance to pick up a wicket as he trapped all-rounder Mitchell Marsh plumb in front. At Tea on Day 2, Australia are 163-5, still 26 behind India’s score.
Below, is the video of that stunning catch from Ravichandran Ashwin.