Indian cricketer Manish Pandey has always known for his brilliant fielding. His catches are even more delightful to watch. On Friday, he showcased his calibre once again by picking a stunning one-handed jumping catch to dismiss David Warner in the ongoing second ODI against Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot.
The Karnataka captain came in the playing XI in place of Rishabh Pant, who missed the match due to concussion. Although Pandey failed to live up to the expectations with the bat, scoring just two runs, he had some other plans in mind for sure. On the third ball of the 4th over, Mohammed Shami bowled a wide delivery.
However, Warner made a mistake by hitting the ball through the aerial route towards the point region. Usually, the shot clears the in-field with ease but you certainly can’t hit this shot while Manish Pandey is fielding there. He jumped perfectly with his extended right hand to block the ball’s trajectory and ensured the ball didn’t go for a boundary.
Pandey grabbed the ball with ease and David Warner left in complete shock after seeing his dismissal and that too on the hand of his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate. With this, India claimed their first wicket of the series as well.
Manish Pandey and his stunning catch
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Earlier in the game, India put up a decent competitive total. While coming in to bat at his usual batting position of No. 3, India captain Virat Kohli scored his 56th ODI half-century. He stitched a 103-run second-wicket partnership with opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan who fell short of 4 runs to score the century in the 29th over off Kane Richardson.
Although Kohli and Dhawan did pretty well, it was wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul who took the limelight away from others. His 80 off 52 with the help of six fours and three sixes helped India put up a total of 340 for 6 in 50 overs.
While chasing, former Australia captain Steve Smith scored 98 off 102 with 9 fours and a six. Marnus Labuschagne scored 46 as Australia were bowled out for 304. The series decider will take place in Bengaluru on January 19.