Captain Virat Kohli took a one-handed blinder to get rid of Peter Handscomb for seven runs on the opening day of the second Test between Australia and India in Perth. It was a breathtaking catch as Kohli was in the air and off the ground while taking the stunner off Ishant Sharma’s bowling.
It was a short delivery from Ishant, disconcerting bounce and Handscomb looked to steer it towards the third man but failed to do so as Kohli showed great reflexes in the second slip. The ball was travelling at the pace of knots and Kohli leaped up, threw his right hand in the air and took it. It was surely a catch that will not be forgotten soon.
Here is the unbelievable take:
TAKE A BOW @IMVKOHLI 🇮🇳👑
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 14, 2018
In the first innings of the Adelaide Test, Khawaja had picked a blinder to sent Kohli back to the pavilion early on and the world had gone into a frenzy.
It was no different on Friday when Kohli replied in his own manner.
Looks like Anushka has been throwing around quite a few things in the house over the past year 😈 brilliant catch plucked there by skipper Kohli a couple of days after his first wedding anniversary 😂 #AUSvIND #indvaus #PerthTest #Kohli
— Baidurjo Bhose (@bbhose) December 14, 2018
— ريحان (@kazisahab08) December 14, 2018
— 🇮🇳 Soumya Sarkar 🇮🇳 (@SarkarSpeaking) December 14, 2018
By the time the session after Tea Break arrived, the Indian pacers had got accustomed to the pitch, its bounce and pacy and had begun finding their rhythm well.
Indian pacers were salivating at the thought of a green top at the Optus Stadium in Perth. India lost the toss and were put to bowl. Yet the bowlers had an extremely ordinary morning.
Ishant and Jasprit Bumrah struggled to find a consistent line and length and went wayward with their deliveries – their indiscipline was perhaps the one big setback for India as both Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch settled and found their stride.
The entire first session, India gave away 66 runs in 26 overs and were unable to pick a single wicket.
Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Test in Perth after India captain Virat Kohli called wrong. Australia have fielded an an unchanged XI into the match, while India were forced into two changes following injuries to ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and hard-hitting batter Rohit Sharma. Rohit jarred his back in the field during the first Test, while Ashwin suffered a left-side abdominal strain.