Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

KL Rahul pulled off an incredible one-handed catch to dismiss Usman Khawaja on the first day of the second Test match between India and Australia in New Delhi on Friday.

Khawaja was cruising towards his century and it took a special acrobatic effort from Rahul on the field to finally end his stay. Ravindra Jadeja tossed the ball outside off-stump and Khawaja went for the unorthodox reverse sweep in the 46th over. However, Rahul pulled off a full-stretched dive to complete the one-handed blinder. 

Khawaja was at the crease for 125 deliveries then and the wicket proved crucial for the hosts. The important wicket shifted the momentum in favour of India again as the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja targeted the tail-enders on a pitch that assisted the spinners a bit.

Khawaja just couldn’t believe the acrobatic catch and was down on one knee for a brief period before taking the long walk back to the pavilion. Khawaja became Jadeja’s 250th Test wicket in the process. The Australian batsman, who was looking dangerous and taking the game away from the Indians, was finally out for 81 off 125 balls.

Khawaja really gave Indian spinners a tough time with his unorthodox batting. He applied his sweep and reverse sweep shots well. He also went down the track frequently to unsettle the spinners.

Earlier, Rahul took another brilliant catch at the slip to dismiss Travis Head off Mohammed Shami.