After Kyle Jamieson smashed Shubman Gill on his helmet during the morning session, Neil Wagner– the bumper specialist- has now followed it up with a rip-snorter of a bouncer against Cheteshwar Pujara in the ongoing post-Lunch session.
Wagner, who claimed the wicket of Shubman Gill in his very first over before the Lunch break, had mostly bowled the fullish length before he proceeded to surprise Pujara with his stock ball, or as the great West Indian pacers from the 70s and 80s used to call the ‘perfume ball’.
Pujara, who had cut and drove Wagner for a couple of boundaries leading into the 37th over of the innings, was smashed straight into his helmet courtesy of a pinpoint bumper by the Kiwi left-arm quick.
Pujara, who was looking to pull Wagner, was beaten for pace and bounce, and the ball proceeded to smash the helmet and rip off the soft protection on the back
Wagner, however, was soon to check on Pujara and the duo shared a fist bump before the medical staff came running to the ground to check on the Indian No.3.
Meanwhile, Pujara and Kohli have managed to negate the disciplined Kiwi pacers in the first half of the post-Lunch session.
However, an inspired bowling change by Kane Williamson has helped New Zealand break the partnership with Trent Boult trapping Pujara in front of the wicket.
Watch: Neil Wagner Breaks The Soft Protection Of Cheteshwar Pujara’s Helmet With A Vicious Bouncer:
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