Ravindra Jadeja’s catch to dismiss Neil Wagner in the first innings of the second Test between India and New Zealand was one of the very few positives for the visitors in an otherwise dismal match. New Zealand crushed the Virat Kohli-led side by seven wickets to inflict a humiliating 2-0 whitewash on the world number one Test side.
India’s batsmen failed to deliver yet again as the team was all out for a paltry total of 124. Set a target of 132, New Zealand chased down the total in 36 overs by losing just three wickets.
Coming to Jadeja’s catch, he took it on the second day of the game to end the frustrating 51-run stand between Wagner and Kyle Jamieson for the ninth wicket in the first innings. Wagner’s pull off Mohammed Shami looked set to sail over the boundary ropes before Jadeja came running in and held the ball with just one hand while being airborne. The catch was so stunning that commentator Ian Smith called it one of the best of all time. Jadeja drew praise from all over for his stunning effort but it is safe to say that Pune Police’s message for the all-rounder is the best of the lot.
Pune Police posted a picture of Jadeja’s catch on Twitter and wrote a witty caption, taking inspiration from the famous line “Kanoon ke hath bahut lamble hote hai”.
“Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ‘kanoon ka haath’? @imjadeja @BCCI,” wrote Pune Police.
— PUNE POLICE (@PuneCityPolice) March 1, 2020
New Zealand thrash India in the second Test
Talking about the game, New Zealand had little difficulty in beating their fancied opponents. The writing was very much on the wall for India after they ended the day on 90 for 6 with their overall lead being just 97. And any hopes of seeing a fightback from them on day three ended in disappointment as the likes of Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant and others failed to provide much resistance with the bat.
India lost their last four wickets for just 34 runs to be all out for 124. It was their third score of less than 200 in four innings in the series. New Zealand then crossed the finishing line without much trouble with their openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell scoring fifties.
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