Manish Pandey took a one-handed screamer at covers to send Australian opener David Warner packing early at Rajkot during the second India vs Australia ODI on Friday. It was Mohammed Shami who provided India with the breakthrough in the fourth over. Shami bowled an in-between length, to which Warner looked to give himself room and slashed it through the off-side.
The Australian made the mistake of hitting it close to Pandey, who was at the cover-point region. Pandey timed his jump to perfection and plucked one out of thin air. Warner stood his ground in disbelief after the catch was completed. He had to make the long walk back for just 15 off 12 balls, after smashing a match-winning century in the first ODI.
Here is the video of the breathtaking catch:
The wicket came as a major blow for Australia who would have hoped for a solid start in chase of a mammoth total of 340 posted by India riding half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.
After being put in to bat by Australia, India brought out the big bats with Dhawan, Kohli and Rahul helping the team to a formidable 340/6 at the SCA Stadium.
Dhawan and Kohli added 103 runs for the second wicket before Australia derailed the hosts with three quick wickets in the middle overs, but Rahul’s blitz late in the innings powered India to 340.