Hanuma Vihari drop catch: After failing with the bat, the Indian batsman erred in the field as well at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
During the fourth day of the third Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, India batsman Hanuma Vihari erred on the field to drop Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne on the second delivery of the day.
In a situation when India needed early wickets, Vihari not holding on to a regulation catch was the last thing which the visitors required. Jasprit Bumrah, who was bowling the first over today, couldn’t appear as to believe that a simple catch has been dropped.
Labuschagne, who had played an aerial flick off Bumrah, had hit the ball straight to Vihari at square leg. In what was a knee-height catch, the 27-year old player let his team down by not completing the catch.
Labuschagne, who was batting at 47* at that point in time, ended up scoring 73 (118) with the help of nine fours. Having scored a 10th Test half-century, the right-hand batsman shared a 103-run partnership for the third wicket alongside Steven Smith.
It was debutant Navdeep Saini who dismissed both Labuschagne and Matthew Wade (4) but the same didn’t stop the hosts from building a significant lead which has crossed the 250-run mark now.
Hanuma Vihari drop catch
Second ball of the day and Labuschagne gets a life!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 9, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 9, 2021
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 9, 2021
No intent shown while batting, now in Fielding what’s wrong with this guy,#vihari 😡#bumrah cannot believe it. He hides his face behind his hands .The leg-side plan nearly worked.#AUSvsIND #AUSvINDtest #INDvsAUSTest #Cricket https://t.co/AIqxShYEZy
— Jacob Thomos (@Jacostio) January 9, 2021
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