Vijay Shankar’s excellent catch to dismiss Usman Khawaja: The Indian all-rounder put on display an acrobatic effort to affect a dismissal.
During the first ODI of the ongoing Australia’s tour of India at Hyderabad, India all-rounder Vijay Shankar put on display an acrobatic effort to dismiss Australia opening batsman Usman Khawaja.
The same happened on the penultimate delivery of the 24th over when Khawaja stepped out to up the ante against India chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. Hitting the ball towards the midwicket region, Khawaja surprisingly found Shankar in the way.
So India want to look closely at Jadeja and Vijay Shankar. Will be interesting to see where Vijay Shankar bats. If at no 7, it means his bowling will be tested more. No Pant also indicates he is lower down the pecking order.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 2, 2019
🔝 catch, Vijay Shankar! This is what a fielder’s wicket looks like 👌
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 2, 2019
Sent in to open the batting for Australia, Khawaja scored an impressive half-century, his sixth in ODIs. The 32-year old southpaw ended up scoring 50 (76) with the help of five fours and a six.
Australia in trouble after Khawaja’s dismissal
Khawaja’s wicket saw Australia being reduced to 97-3 just before the halfway mark. After Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and chose to bat, India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah made early inroads as he dismissed Finch (0) in his first over.
Out! Vijay Shankar covers a lot of distance to take a blinder in the deep. Usman Khawaja departs after scoring 50.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 2, 2019
OUT! And it’s Kuldeep Yadav this time who gets rid of a well-set Khawaja (50 off 76). What a catch by our Riser @vijayshankar260! 🔝
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 2, 2019
Providing Australia with a rescue act, Khawaja and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (37) stitched an 87-run partnership for the second wicket. With Khawaja well set in the middle, Australia would have wanted for him to continue from one end.
Moreover, with power-hitters available at the other end, Khawaja would have been better off had he went on to play his natural game. Having got the opportunity to open the batting, one reckons the innings will go down as a chance missed for Khawaja.
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Good catch from Vijay Shankar.https://t.co/dYO4YkhChQ
— Gautam chauhan (@Gautamchauhan2) March 2, 2019
For the hosts, it was the first wicket for Kuldeep Yadav who was bowling his third over. Been introduced into the attack as the second change bowler in the 10th over, Yadav was removed from the attack after being given only a couple of overs.