Watch: Khawaja takes a stunner to remove Kohli
Usman Khawaja, who has had a tough week going into the first Test against India at Adelaide because of his elder brother’s police case, has made amends and hit the headlines once again for all the good reasons.
The Australian star batsman has taken a perfect stunner to bring Australia their most prized wicket, right at the very first session of the match. Khawaja flew for a brilliant one-handed catch to get rid of India skipper Virat Kohli off the bowling of Pat Cummins.
With India losing both their openers cheaply on a baking hot morning at Adelaide Oval, Kohli drove hard at a Pat Cummins delivery to be caught in the gully for three by Khawaja, who leaped at full stretch to pluck the ball with his left hand.
Kohli came to the crease with his side in a precarious position, having lost two wickets for just 15 runs. And when Kohli also took the long path towards the pavilion even before the lunch break, the visitors were three for 19.
The responsibility then fell on Cheteshwar Pujara and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to survive till the lunch. While Pujara was as cautious as he always is, Rahane seemed confident as well, striking a maximum off Nathan Lyon. However, just when it looked like Rahane was well set in the crease, he too threw his wicket away, and India were four for 41.
Thanks to the efforts from Pujara, and Rohit Sharma who came to bat at number six, India finished on four for 56 at lunch, with Sharma and Pujara on 15 and 11, respectively.
Watch the stunning catch taken by Khawaja to remove Kohli: