Australia’s batsman Peter Handscomb took a blinder of a catch to dismiss India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. Nathan Lyon gave a good flight to invite a big shot from the southpaw batsman and Pant tried to smash him over the mid-wicket boundary. However, the left-hander could not get his timing right and ended up hitting the ball towards the short mid-wicket.
Peter Handscomb jumped to his left side and took a fine diving catch to get the seventh wicket of the Indian second innings. Subsequently, the hosts were able to successfully bundle out the visitors for a paltry score of 140 runs. The tourists could only add 28 runs to their overnight score. Thus, Australia has drawn level in the four-match series.
Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon was the hero for the Australian team. The veteran off-spinner bowled with guile and scalped eight wickets in the match. Lyon took a five-wicket haul in the first innings and backed with three more wickets in the second dig. Consequently, Lyon was awarded the Man of the match for his superb show with the ball.
On the other hand, the Indian team had to pay the price for peculiar team selection. The Indian team went with Umesh Yadav ahead of Ravindra Jadeja or Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Virat Kohli said in the post-match press conference that Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t played in the multi-day format in the recent past whereas Umesh Yadav had scalped a ten-wicket haul against the Windies.
Meanwhile, Australia was able to check the right boxes as they came up with a fine collective effort. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch gave a good start to their side on the opening day and India were always on the backfoot.
Here is Peter Handscomb splendid catch:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018