Watch: Pant falsely claims Pukovski’s wicket despite grounding it
The ongoing Test match between Australia and India currently stands at 1-1. The third match between the two heavyweights is currently being held at Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bat first.
Mohammed Siraj bowled really well and got rid of David Warner with an absolute gem of a delivery. Despite Warner’s departure early on in the game, the likes of Marnus Labuschagne and Will Pukovski mounted pressure on the visitors by adding more runs for the side.
The duo added a 100-run partnership before Pukovski was dismissed on 62. Will Pukovski did full justice to his role by scoring a terrific half-century on his Test debut. However, he was gifted two lives as he was dropped twice by Rishabh Pant.
Pant falsely claims Pukovski’s catch
Before when Pukovski scored a fifty, he mistimed Siraj’s delivery high up in the air. Pant who was in a good position to take the catch, ended up taking an improper catch. Although he initially didn’t catch the ball in first attempt, he had another chance to take from the rebound.
However, as it turned out, he ended up grounding the ball while taking the catch. Pukovski wasn’t really convinced after Pant’s catch. But Pant was caught celebrating with his teammates thinking that it was ‘out’.
However, the TV replays showed that Pant didn’t take the catch properly. It didn’t take much time for the third umpire to declare it as ‘not out’. Meanwhile, Pukovski went on to score an impressive 62 with the help of 4 fours.
Watch the video below:
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Soon after that, people took to social media to come up with opinions on Rishabh Pant. Even the Australian fans called Pant ‘cheater’ as he did something which was deemed contrary to the spirit of cricket.
Taking about the game, Australia finished the first day of the game with 166/2. Warner got out for 5 runs whereas Pukovski got out on 62. Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith remain unbeaten at the crease as they are batting on 67 and 31 respectively.