Australian captain Pat Cummins pulled off a brilliant diving catch to dismiss the in-form all-rounder Axar Patel at mid-on. Patel rescued the Indian team from a precarious position and scored a brilliant 74 in 115 balls which included nine boundaries and three sixes. The Gujarat all-rounder was batting at an incredible rate and was nearing a much-deserved century.
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But as Patel attempted to slog Todd Murphy over mid-on, Cummins dived back and completed a brilliant catch. The catch was so amazing that the Aussie captain himself was surprised by his effort. He had a massive smile as he lay on the ground after completing a stunner.
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After this catch, the Indian batting soon got over just one run behind, Australia's first-innings total. Then the Aussie finished off Day 2 on a high as they posted a 62-run lead. Travis Head, who opened replacing an injured David Warner, batted incredibly well and scored 39 runs in 40 balls.
After the game, Axar Patel was asked about how he managed to bat on a track where a lot of batters from both teams struggled. Patel here talked about getting used to the bounce and pace of the pitch, which helped him score runs.
He said, "I got used to the pace of the wicket today, and the ball wasn’t coming on too quickly so I got time. I was trying to attack the left-arm spinner because that’s my match-up."
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