Hardik Pandya’s all-round flamboyant ability complemented by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s customary calm enabled India to record a comfortable win over Australia in the rain-curtailed opening ODI of the five-match series. Courtesy Pandya’s blistering career-best 66-ball 83 and Dhoni’s 79 off 88 balls, India posted a competitive 281 for seven despite losing the top half for less than 100 after opting to bat. The first mouth-watering encounter between the two sides sure gave the fans value for their money. There were multiple instances on the roller-coaster ride that kept everyone on the edge of their seats. From Coulter-Nile initial terror, the ball flying high and around the pavillion – courtesy to Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni to the rain havoc, it was a complete battlefield scenario at the Chepauk stadium. But more than all that what really grabbed the attention was Glenn Maxwell’s one hand catch that sent Kohli back home for a four-ball duck. The instance was in the fifth over and on the bowling side was the on-fire Coulter Nile. The man had gone all out against the Indian top order thrashing anyone who came in-between him and the three stumps.
Kohli who had broken several records against Sri Lanka was surely the heavy-weight in this dual. But something big happened. On the very first ball of the fifth over, Kohli tried to send the ball high and big to the fence, but Maxwell at backward point had other ideas. Springing up in a giant leap, he pulled off an unbelievable one-handed catch at full vertical stretch over his head. Maxwell propelled himself upwards, stuck out his right hand, and plucked the ball out of the air, and landed comfortably back on the grass!
To this catch of Maxwell, Twitterati’s flooded the microblogging site and expressed their feeling of amazement. One user called it the Kangaroo leap and said,”Glenn Maxwell jumped like a true Kangaroo there to take Kohli’s catch.India gets a reminder that tour with Lanka is over.” Another one called it a stunner,” Glenn Maxwell’s one-handed stunner.”
Here are the tweets.
— Mitchell Scott (@WhippingBoySEN) September 17, 2017
— Shah G (@aiweiin) September 17, 2017
— SYED FAIZAN HUSSAINI (@faizan_sfh) September 17, 2017
— ZAHEER DESWALI ???? (@RealMoinMoon) September 17, 2017
The next match between India and Australia will be played on September 21 at 1:30 pm at Eden Garden, Kolkata.