KL Rahul’s stunning one-handed catch to eliminate the well-positioned Usman Khawaja during the ongoing second Test match between India and Australia was a brilliant display of fielding. The Australian opener was in shock following Rahul’s spectacular catch, which gave Ravindra Jadeja his 250th wicket in the game’s longest format.
After the swift dismissals of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith, Australia was in serious trouble. Travis Head, who was reinstated to the starting lineup for the Delhi Test following a poor performance, also did not perform well. Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb, though, helped the visitors maintain control with a counterattacking stand for the fifth wicket.
Khawaja, the partner who was more aggressive, used the sweepwith amazing success. But it was the sweep that ultimately brought him down, as KL Rahul brilliantly pounced on a reverse sweep off Ravindra Jadeja. The southpaw appeared to be well on his way to a superb century in difficult conditions until the wicket fell against the flow of play. Rahul had also taken a good catch earlier in the innings to dismiss Head, making this his second catch of the game.
The Australian opener’s dismissal for 81 runs gave Jadeja his 250th Test wicket, making him the fastest Indian to 250 wickets and 2500 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin then ended Alex Carey’s innings with a five-ball duck to complete the scoring. This was Ashwin’s 100th scalp.Now, behind the legendary Anil Kumble, he has taken the second-most wickets against the visitors in Test matches against the Australians.