Shikhar Dhawan drops Aaron Finch: The Indian opening batsman dropped a sitter to give the Australian captain a reprieve.
During the third ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Canberra, India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan dropped a simple catch to give Australia captain Aaron Finch a massive reprieve.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the seventh over when Finch edged a delivery from India pacer Jasprit Bumrah to Dhawan at first slip. In what should have been a straightforward chance, Dhawan just couldn’t get hold of the ball cleanly.
Finch, who was batting at 22* at that time, has since scored six runs but has been living dangerously. Chasing a 303-run target, Australia would want their captain to play a significant innings especially after the hosts have lost makeshift opening batsman Marnus Labuschagne (7).
After India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat, India posted 302-5 in 50 overs on the back of individual half-centuries from Kohli (63), and all-rounders Hardik Pandya (92 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (66 not out). It was a 150-run partnership between Pandya and Jadeja which has given their bowlers a competitive total to bowl at.
With bowling figures of 10-0-44-2, Australia all-rounder Ashton Agar was the pick of their bowlers. Other than Agar, spinner Adam Zampa and pacers in Josh Hazlewood and Sean Abbott picked a wicket apiece.
Shikhar Dhawan drops Aaron Finch
Missed it by that much ‼️ 😯
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 2, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
India have to take some chances in the field to stay in the game. Finch has had three lives in three overs now, the last one the toughest. #INDvAUS
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) December 2, 2020
Team India is currently Finch FC.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) December 2, 2020
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