Just about every cricket fan knows how athletic and fit Virat Kohli is. But his one-handed catch at second slip to dismiss Peter Handscomb after Tea on day 1 of the 2nd Test in Perth will leave you stunned. (Score & Updates IND vs AUS)
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. Watch.
Here's how the commentary in the live blog went for that. "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 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 loose outside off in an attempt to run this one down to 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." (Match Scorecard)
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). With the heat forcing the cracks to open and widen, the batsmen are finding it more and more difficult to play.
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 lead the four-match series 1-0.