After taking a 32-run lead in the first innings of the final Test in Dharamsala, India began their second innings on a strong note with Umesh Yadav dismissing David Warner for only six. But the presence of the in-form Aussie skipper Steve Smith on the crease was still a big worry for the hosts.
In a series, where the batsmen have struggled to even register some decent scores, Smith has been batting with considerable ease, scoring over 400 runs with the help of three centuries. And another fine knock from him would have dashed India’s hopes of regaining the Border-Gavaskar series.
The 27-year old began strongly, hitting three quick boundaries. On the first two balls of the ninth over, he hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two fours, taking his score to 17 from only 14 balls, but he had to pay a hefty price for being too greedy.
After hitting two successive boundaries, he tried to hit the third ball over the fence too but only managed to chop it onto his stumps. The wicket was a lucky one for the hosts, as the in-form Aussie batsman could have easily avoided throwing away his wicket and his reaction said it all. Meanwhile, the visitors were reduced to 31 for 2 after Smith’s dismissal, still a run behind India’s total.
Here is a clip of that wicket: