India vs Australia 2nd ODI: Moises Henriques, who replaced injured Marcus Stoinis in the Australia’s playing XI for the second ODI against India, took a stunner to dismiss Indian skipper Virat Kohli in Sydney on Sunday.
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In the 35th over of India’s innings, Kohli went for a hard pull to a back of a length ball by Josh Hazlewood and even timed it properly. But, Henriques at short midwicket took an absolute jaw-dropper to get rid of the No.1 ODI batsman in the world for 89.
Here’s the video of the catch:
That’s a screamer!
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Notably, all-rounder Henriques is playing his first ODI in more than three years. He last played 50-over cricket for Australia in their Champions Trophy campaign in June 2017.
Meanwhile, the extent of Stoinis’ injury remains unknown but it’s understood he will stay with the squad for the remainder of the Dettol ODI Series and the three T20s that follow.
Talking about the match, the majestic Steve Smith produced another master class in the form of a 64-ball century and powered Australia to an imposing 389 for four in the second ODI against a sluggish India after the hosts opted to bat first.
This was the Australian run-machine’s fifth century against India in the 50-over format and second on the trot after his ton in the series-opener, which came off 66 deliveries.
Besides Smith’s 104-run knock, swashbuckling opener David Warner smashed 83 off 77 while skipper Aaron Finch contributed 60 in a first-wicket stand of 142 in under 23 overs.
The duo of Marnus Labuschagne and Glenn Maxwell continued the onslaught to propel Australia to a humongous score in a must-win game for the visitors. Labuschagne made 70 and the big-hitting Maxwell blazed away to 63 off 29 balls with the help of four sixes and as many fours.
During his innings of 104, Smith hit 14 boundaries and two sixes while Warner found the fence seven times and cleared it thrice before missing out on what would have been a well-deserved ton, thanks to a fine direct throw from the deep by Shreyas Iyer.
In his trademark unconventional manner, Smith played shots all round the wicket to torment the Indian bowlers.
To dislodge Smith, India needed all-rounder Hardik Pandya to bowl for the first time since returning from a back surgery more than a year ago, and he did the trick in his third over, luring the imperious Australian to slash one straight into Mohammed Shami.
Notably, it’s a do-or-die match for India to remain in the three-match ODI series as they lost the opening match of the series by 66 runs on Friday.