Manish Pandey did not have a great run with the bat in his returning ODI but the acrobatic fielder hogged the limelight with his one-handed stunner to dismiss David Warner. The batsman was also left surprised with Pandey’s effort, who timed his jump to perfection to pull off the catch.
It was the second ball of the fourth over when Warner went for a shot over the covers. Pandey, who is one of the best fielders in the team, jumped at the right time and caught the ball with one hand to dismiss the star batsman on 15 off 12. Here is how Pandey pulled off the catch –
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Warner and Aaron Finch provided a good start to the team as they put up 20 runs in first 3.1 overs. There was nothing wrong with Warner’s shot but he played it in the wrong area. Australia are chasing a big target of 341.
Earlier in the match, the Indian openers also provided a good start to the team by adding 81 runs for the first wicket. Adam Zampa once again provided a big breakthrough as he trapped Rohit Sharma in front of the stumps. Both Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan put up 103 runs for the second wicket to extend India’s dominance but latter missed his century by just four runs. Shreyas Iyer, batting at number four, managed seven off 17.
Captain Kohli and KL Rahul did well to add 78 runs for the fourth wicket but Zampa once again dismissed Kohli to extend his domination over the batsman. Rahul’s finishing touch saw India score 340 in 50 overs.
Australia’s new-ball bowlers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins went wicketless. Zampa, who scalped a three-fer, who Australia’s most successful bowler of the day.
The visitors have a tough chase ahead and with dew not playing any role here, it will be an onerous task for them to scale the total.