Mohammad Shami’s double blow: The Indian fast bowler picked up two wickets in two balls to dent the Australian progress since morning.
During the fourth day of the second Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia at Perth, India fast bowler Mohammad Shami brought his team back into the match by picking up two wickets in two balls after the lunch break.
Australia were ahead despite scoring only 58 runs in the first session today. The reason behind the same was them having six wickets in hand. The 28-year old fast bowler reduced the count to four when he affected two dismissals in 79th over of the Australian innings.
On the penultimate delivery of the first over of the second session, Shami bowler a near unplayable delivery to Australia captain Tim Paine. With the ball targeted at the batsman’s chest and receiving extra bounce, Paine seemed to have no answer whatsoever.
Just as the ball hit his gloves, it ballooned to none other than India captain Virat Kohli, who was constantly in Paine’s ears since last evening. In which was a gritty innings, Paine ended up scoring 37 (116) with the help of four fours.
With Paine getting out, it was also the end of verbals exchanged by him and Kohli, although not before the last one. After the catch was taken, Kohli and Paine were involved in a heated exchange as the latter was walking back to the pavilion.
While Paine’s dismissal was a reason to rejoice for the Indian team and fans, Shami backed it up by sending back Aaron Finch on the first ball that he faced. Having retired hurt yesterday, the Australian opener gloved a short delivery down the leg side to India wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant.
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— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 17, 2018
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the same below:
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 17, 2018
— Trent Copeland (@copes9) December 17, 2018
This pitchbis starting to border on being dangerous… my god.. could there be a strike against the Perth Stadium in its first Test?
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) December 17, 2018
The pitch is a screamer now. Over 250 would take some getting. What an innings from Khwaja. Typified the true Aussie spirit that we all admire.
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) December 17, 2018