Prithvi Shaw dismissal: The Australian quick once again exploited the Indian opening batsman’s weakness at the Adelaide Oval.
During the second day of the first Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Adelaide, India opening batsman Prithvi Shaw once again became victim of an incoming delivery which led to his dismissal.
It all happened on the first delivery of the fourth over when Shaw had no answer whatsoever against Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins’ brilliant delivery.
Having pitched on the off-stump, Cummins brought the ball into Shaw who once again left a substantial gap between the bat and pad only to let the ball pass through it and hit the stumps.
Opening the batting with Mayank Agarwal (5*) in a scenario where India needed their openers to bat for 5-6 overs, Shaw couldn’t fulfill the ask as he departed after scoring 4 (4). Although against left-arm Mitchell Starc, Shaw had got out in the first innings in a similar manner which will now further raise questions not only over a clear weakness but on his position in the XI as well.
With India finishing Day 2 on 9-1 in six overs, they now lead by 62 runs with a fascinating day of Test cricket coming up tomorrow.
After bundling out India for 244 in 93.1 overs in the morning, the hosts themselves got dismissed on 191 in 72.1 overs. Had it not been a laudable eighth half-century from captain Tim Paine (73*), Australia might have found themselves in deeper trouble today.
Prithvi Shaw dismissal
BOWLED HIM! In the first innings it was Starc, in the second innings it’s Cummins.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 18, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Must feel for 22-year-old Shaw. Worst time for a a struggling player to bat. But this was a lifeline to save his place in the team. Lost. India lead by 62 after heroic bowling performance. Batsmen need to show their mettle tomorrow
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 18, 2020
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) December 18, 2020
Glaring weakness against the incoming ball. Prithvi will need to sort this if he has to survive in international cricket.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 18, 2020
If Prithvi Shaw was watching the game on tv sitting on a couch in Mumbai, he would have been as useful as he has been playing in this Test. #AusvInd
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 18, 2020
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