Ashton Agar and Mitchell Starc join hands: The Indian captain was undone by a praiseworthy fielding effort from the Australian pair.
During the second ODI of the ongoing Australia’s tour of India in Rajkot, Australia all-rounder Ashton Agar and fast bowler Mitchell Starc joined hands to grab an praiseworthy catch to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli.
It all happened on the first delivery of the 44th over when Kohli’s attempt of playing an aerial shot off Australia spinner Adam Zampa saw him walking back to the pavilion.
Despite hitting the ball firmly down the ground, Kohli saw Agar grab a well-judged catch. However, just when the momentum was carrying the fielder outside the playing area, Agar was alert enough to throw back the ball to Starc who had run to his left from long-on.
Coming in to bat at his usual batting position of No. 3, Kohli scored his 56th ODI half-century amidst a 103-run second-wicket partnership alongside opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan.
While Kohli scored 78 (76) with the help of six fours, it was Dhawan who provided India with yet another foundation on the back of his 29th ODI half-century. Before getting out in the 29th over, Dhawan scored 96 (90) with the help of 13 fours and a six.
Despite individual half-centuries from Dhawan and Kohli, it was wicket-keeper batsman Lokesh Rahul’s 80 (52) with the help of six fours and three sixes which powered the hosts to 340/6 in 50 overs.
With bowling figures of 10-0-50-3, Zampa was the pick of the Australian spinners. Pacer Kane Richardson (10-0-73-2) was the only other Australian bowler to dismiss a batsman today.
Ashton Agar and Mitchell Starc join hands
How Twitterati reacted:
Time for a new fielding stat. The assist. Stat-wise, Ashton Agar gets zero recognition for that catch with Mitchell Starc despite performing the most difficult part of the play. #INDvAUS
— Andrew Wu (@wutube) January 17, 2020
Zampa gets Kohli but all credit to the fielders. Brilliant from Agar and Starc.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 17, 2020
took three members of the australian attack to dismiss kohli – zampa, agar and starc! #INDvsAUS
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 17, 2020
Bowlers dismissing Virat Kohli most times in ODIs:
6 : Ravi Rampaul
5 : Thisara Perera
5 : Tim Southee
5 : Adam Zampa*#INDvAUS
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) January 17, 2020
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