Virat Kohli was seen mocking Peter Handscomb’s catch which dismissed the Indian captain for 123 on day 3 of the second Test in Perth. The dismissal of Kohli derailed India’s charge and the visitors were bundled out for 283, trailing Australia by 43 runs in first innings.
The catch created quite a stir in the cricketing world and on social media after Handscomb claimed it was a clean catch but the replays showed it was a really close call. Before the start of day 4, Kohli was seen imitating the Australian and also gestured a soft signal indicating it was out just like Peter Handscomb had done on Day 3.
Pat Cummins got Kohli playing a cover drive, something he did successfully during his innings, but on this occasion, the ball came off the edge only to be taken by Peter Handscomb, the soft signal was out hence even after replays showed it was not conclusive the decision stood. This is already building up well to be a great Test. Kohli has already had a few verbal exchanges with his Australian number.
Here is the catch that was taken by Peter Hanscomb.
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Here’s how Twitter reacted:
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Earlier, at the lunch break on Day 4, Paine was batting on 37 not out while Khawaja was unbeaten on 67 runs after a session in which Australia scored 58 runs in 30 overs. Starting from overnight 132/4, the two batsmen negotiated the first hour in a sedate manner. They didn’t look in any rush as only 19 runs came forth. Mohammed Shami picked up a five-wicket haul and set the hosts back.
It was the first over after lunch that saw all the action and the change of fortunes for India. Khawaja the big fish fell soon after the back to back wickets for 72.
At the time of filing the copy, Australia had a lead of 241 with three more wickets to go. India would be hoping they can bundle out the hosts for, under 275, that would give India a good chance to fight.