Hanuma Vihari dismisses Marcus Harris: The Indian part-time off-spinner dismissed the Australian opening batsman.
During the first day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Perth, India middle-order batsman and off-spinner Hanuma Vihari bowled a near-unplayable delivery to Australia opening batsman Marcus Harris.
In which was a masterstroke by India captain Virat Kohli, bringing in a spinner into the attack saw the third Australian batsman walking back to the pavilion in the session. Vihari, who was brought into the playing XI in place of the injured Rohit Sharma, must have been relieved to affect a dismissal in only his second over.
It all happened on the second delivery of the 49th over when Vihari’s part-time off-spin went through a vicious bounce, taking the glove of the batsman on its way to Ajinkya Rahane, who was fielding at first slip.
Harris, who has opened the batting with Aaron Finch, ended up scoring 70 (141) with the help of 10 fours. Stitching a 112-run opening stand with Finch, the duo was rock-solid in the first session. In which was his maiden half-century, Harris batted exceptionally well against the Indian quartet of fast bowlers.
The dismissal saw the Indian players rejoicing for not many of them would have expected the part-time bowler to send back the set batsman. India would be unequivocally looking to gain on this advantage now.
Earlier, Australia captain Tim Paine had won the toss and chose to bat. While Australia fielded an unchanged XI, India made a couple of changes by bringing in Vihari and Umesh Yadav in place of Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Watch the full video of Harris’ dismissal below:
That’s done a bit!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the match below:
Wonder what Nathan Lyon can do on this surface!!
— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) December 14, 2018
Cracks and divots already as well as pace and bounce. Not sure I’d want to bat last on this track.
— Mac on tap (@LetSleepingDogz) December 14, 2018
Good by Fox to show Warnies crazy bouncer. This ball did exactly the same. Unlucky Harris!
— Alex (@cookay) December 14, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 14, 2018