Ponting perfectly predicts Shaw’s dismissal in Adelaide Test
The Border Gavaskar Trophy series started on a fantastic note between the two heavyweights. Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. Prithvi Shaw who played quite well in the 2nd warm-up game was picked ahead of Shubman Gill for the Test opener.
However, the 21-year-old lad failed to add value to the scorecard. Aussie captain Tim Paine gave the ball to Mitchell Starc to open the bowling. Starc bowled a dot ball on the first ball of the match and what followed next was an absolute peach of a delivery.
With good bowling variation of line and length, Starc was able to rip through the defence of Prithvi Shaw. The youngster was clean bowled by the left-arm pacer. India lost the first wicket without getting off the mark.
Just before Shaw’s dismissal, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was talking about Shaw at the commentary panel. Since Ponting worked with Shaw at Delhi Capitals in the recently-concluded edition of the IPL, he studied more about the youngster.
Ponting predicts Shaw’s dismissal:
Soon after Starc delivered the first ball, Ponting highlighted Shaw’s weakness. The two-time World Cup-winning captain further added that Aussies should be targeting the weak spot in order to get the first wicket.
“If he does have a chink in his armour it’s the ball which does come back into him,” the former Australian captain said after Shaw defended Starc’s first delivery, which was pitched on a good length and went on with the angle,” said Ponting on-air as Starc prepared to bowl the second ball of the opening over.
“He’s very comfortable playing the ball away from his body. He does get his head in line with the ball but he doesn’t commit his front foot to the line of the ball and quite often leaves a big gap between bat and pad and that’s where the Aussies will target. Starc will try and swing one back through the gate,” he went on just before the 21-year-old was dismissed.
"If he does have a chink in his armour it's the ball which does come back into him…
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India went past the 200-run mark with the help of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli scored a valiant 74 (8 fours) before he was run out by Hazlewood/Lyon. Pujara scored 43 while Rahane scored 42.
Mitchell Starc was the top bowler for Australia as he picked up 2 wickets. Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon picked up a wicket each.