Watch: Latham’s one-handed stunner to remove Shaw
Prithvi Shaw pulled, drove and left with complete authority during the first session of the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch, as he entered the record books becoming the second youngest Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit a Test fifty in New Zealand.
Youngest Indian players to score a Test fifty in New Zealand:
16y 291d : Sachin Tendulkar, Napier, 1990
20y 112d : Prithvi Shaw, Christchurch, 2020*
21y 336d : Atul Wassan, Auckland, 1990
Shaw, who was being highly criticised for his failure in the first Test in Wellington, scored an impressive 64-ball 54 to provide India with a promising start on the green-topped Hagley Oval after the early dismissal of Mayank Agarwal.
Shaw secured his second Test half century from only 61 balls, reaching the milestone by hooking Neil Wagner for six just over the outstretched fingers of Kyle Jamieson on the boundary rope.
With the confidence Shaw was showing in his batting, he was very much poised for a century as well. But just after reaching fifty, he attempted to accelerate his innings, and ended up gifting his wicket to Kyle Jamieson.
The 20-year-old youngster went chasing after an over-pitched delivery from the lanky fast bowler and Latham plucked a one-handed stunner from thin air to dismiss him for 54.
On his way back to the pavilion, Shaw got a pat on his back from captain Virat Kohli as his confident fifty set the tone for India in the match.
How about this grab from Latham! pic.twitter.com/3XGwk0vuU8
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