Kohli’s instinctive pick on the first delivery after Tea led to the dismissal of Peter Handscomb on Day 1 of the Perth Test between India and Australia.
It was an absolute stunner from the Indian skipper after Handscomb played a poor shot on Ishant Sharma’s short-pitched delivery. The batsman looked to steer it but unfortunately for him, there was Kohli who plucked out a blinder.
The CATCH – As it happened!
TAKE A BOW @IMVKOHLI ???
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) December 14, 2018
Ishant Sharma began the attack after tea and banged in a short-pitched delivery, that bounced off and Australian batsman Handscomb tried to get behind the ball but it got carried towards the second slip.
Even though the ball carried well to the slip, the catch was by no means anything easy. The ball went high on the right of Kohli and the India captain timed his jump to perfection, stretched to the maximum and leapt on to a one-handed catch to get Australia’s fourth wicket for India.
As soon Kohli caught on to the ball, he landed and ran around half in momentum half in celebration and then all his teammates ran to him to celebrate the wicket.
In the first innings of the Adelaide Test, Khawaja sent Kohli back to the pavilion early on and the world had gone into a frenzy. It was no different on Friday when Kohli replied in his own manner.
Here’s how the live commentary went post-catch
“OUT! Kohli has pulled off a one-handed stunner here! An incredible catch while jumping towards his right and Handscomb has to walk back. Ishant gets his first and India to have their fourth. Just what they would’ve wanted after the tea break. The ball is one that bounces way more than Handscomb would have expected as he puts his bat lose outside off in an attempt to run this one down to the third man. He just gets an outside edge that flies to the right of Kohli at third slip. But low and behold, the Indian skip just puts his hand out and the ball has stuck. Kind of thing that can lift the fielding team no limits.”
Tim Paine wins the toss and opts to bat in Perth!
Australia are unchanged, while India bring in Vihari and Umesh Yadav.
— ICC (@ICC) December 14, 2018
At Tea, India made an impressive comeback. After a brief period post Lunch where the visitors struggled in keeping the runs down, India owned the session by picking up 3 wickets, which included both the set batsmen (Aaron Finch 50 & Marcus Harris 70).
The Perth wicket at the Optus Stadium was talked up a raging green-top wicket, but the Australian openers defied all that speculation. For their part, Indian pacers chipped in with all possible help and bowled a poor first spell with the new ball.
Australia had won the toss and opted to bat in the 2nd Test in Perth. India currently leads the four-match series 1-0.
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