Wriddhiman Saha, who came on as a substitute wicket-keeper in place of injured Rishabh Pant, once again proved why is arguably the best wicket-keeper on the planet right now. Saha grabbed a brilliant diving catch down the leg side to break the 103-run partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith on day 4 of the Sydney Test match.
Meanwhile, India had the chance to break this stand only in the second ball of the day’s play, but Hanuma Vihari spilled one in the square leg region. The visitors have been sloppy in the field in the ongoing series and they had to pay the price for it. Labuschagne also made India pay the price as he ticked the scoreboard continuously to increase Australia’s lead.
Wriddhiman Saha makes an early contribution
Marnus Labuschagne brought his second half-century of the match as the runs started to come freely before a brilliant effort from Wriddhiman Saha broke the stand. Saha, who was dropped from the playing XI after the first Test for his batting skills, once again proved there is still no replacement for him when it comes to wicket-keeping.
This was an innocuous delivery angled down leg by Navdeep Saini, who looked frustrated in an attempt to break the partnership. Marnus Labuschagne goes chasing to glance it to fine leg, however, a bit of extra bounce on that and the ball brushed the glove on the way. Wriddhiman Saha made a fine dive to his left and pouches it safely to give India their first wicket of the day.
Surprisingly, this catch will not go under Wriddhiman Saha’s catch statistics as strange ICC doesn’t allow so.
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Meanwhile, Steve Smith has bounced back to form in the best way possible. He marched onto another century after his 131-run innings in the first essay. Talking about Australia, they have increased the lead to over 300 which will be difficult for India to chase down in the last day.