Watch: Debutant Gets Debutant As Navdeep Saini Traps Will Pucovski LBW
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Watch: Debutant Gets Debutant As Navdeep Saini Traps Will Pucovski LBW

Navdeep Saini
Navdeep Saini celebrates his wicket wicket. (Photo: Twitter)

Debutant Australian opener Will Pucovski’s charmed life finally came to an end as Navdeep Saini claimed his maiden Test wicket after the Indian debutant finally got one past his defense.

Pucovski, who made his for Australia in the ongoing New Year Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, was continuously targeted on his stumps by the Indian bowlers owing to his penchant to get so far across his stumps.

But the young opener managed to counter the ploy for a major part of his 110-ball stay at the crease before he finally missed a pacy fullish length delivery by Navdeep Saini on the second ball of the 35th over of the Australian innings.

Pucovski looked absolutely plumb the moment he missed it, and he had a fair realization of that, as he did not opt for the Decision Review System.

Saini, who had been greeted with a couple of boundaries by Pucovski on his first two deliveries of his Test career, had the last laugh.

Will Pucovski, Navdeep Saini
Will Pucovski scored a 50 before getting dismissed by Navdeep Saini [Photo-ICC]
Will Pucovski enjoyed a charmed life during his 110-ball stay at the crease. The Victorian opener was dropped by Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant twice.

The first instance came off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin, who set-up the youngster brilliantly, drawing him forward to induce a thickish outside edge, only for Pant to drop it.

A few overs ago, Pant shelled another opportunity, this time a rather tough chance off the bowling of Mohammed Siraj, who had induced a top-edge off Will Pucovski’s bat thanks to a well-directed bumper. Pucovski then proceeded to get another reprieve after Bumrah missed a run-out opportunity.

Pucovski made full use of the reprieves that he got, eventually ending with a well-compiled fifty on debut.

 

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