India vs Australia, 2nd Test: Tim Paine grabbed a brilliant one-handed catch to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara for 17 and keep the Boxing Day Test against India in balance on Day 2 in Melbourne.

Pat Cummins combined with Tim Paine to remove Cheteshwar Pujara for 17. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tim Paine dived to his right to grab a brilliant one-handed catch of Pujara
  • Fans were mightily impressed with the efforts from Paine to remove Pujara
  • Cummins dismissed Gill and Pujara in a fiery five-ball burst on Day 2

Australia skipper Tim Paine came up with an excellent effort behind the stumps to end Cheteshwar Pujara’s resistance on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test vs India just two overs after dropping a regulation catch of Shubman Gill.

Pujara had weathered the early storm and was batting on 17 off 69 deliveries when Pat Cummins produced a brilliant delivery to break his resolute defense. Cummins coaxed a thick edge from Pujara as the red ball went flying low towards the slips cordon.

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Diving low to his right, Paine had to snaffle the ball in one glove as the thick edge would not have carried to Matthew Wade at first-slip. Paine’s one-handed stunner to remove Pujara sent social media into a frenzy. The fans were left in awe of the catch that will surely be replayed for the rest of the summer.

Earlier, Cummins denied debutant Shubman Gill a half-century before dismissing Pujara for 17 in a fiery five-ball burst in the morning session on Day 2. Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari managed to steady India after exit of Pujara and Gill in quick succession.

Mitchell Starc had trapped Mayank Agarwal lbw for a duck on Saturday evening to end the first over of India’s innings. Pujara and Gill resumed with India 36 for one and held firm before Cummins finally broke their 61-run partnership. Cummins’ fiery spell left the Boxing Day Test evenly poised after Indian bowlers produced a superlative effort to bundle out Australia for 195 on Day 1.

Australia lead the Border-Gavaskar series 1-0 after thrashing India by eight wickets within three days in the Day-night Test at Adelaide Oval.





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