Faheem Ashraf took a stunning one-handed catch on the second slip to fire Steve Smith.© Twitter
Pakistan’s Faheem Ashraf grabbed a stunning one-handed catch on the second slip to send Australia’s Steve Smith back to the pavilion on the opening day of the second Test between the two sides in Karachi on Saturday. Smith hit 72 when he nicked a Hasan Ali delivery to the briefs. Ashraf showed great reflexes as he immediately dove to the left and took a low catch with his left hand to clear Smith. Australia ended the day at 251/3, with opener Usman Khawaja unbeaten at 127, having previously won the toss and opted to bat.
Here’s the video of Ashraf’s spectacular catch:
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Earlier in the day, Australian skipper Pat Cummins’ decision to strike looked doubtful for the first time as the visitors lost two quick wickets.
All-rounder Ashraf – recalled after missing the first Test due to injury – grabbed the first break, smoothed the ball out and pulled David Warner (36) ahead straight into keeper Mohammad Rizwan’s gloves.
Marnus Labuschagne had run away for nothing nine deliveries later. But from then until the penultimate day of the day, Australia appeared to be in complete control with Khawaja in the lead.
He pushed spinner Sajid Khan for a sharp single towards the square leg to reach the landmark, then slammed into the air to celebrate his tenth Testton – receiving applause from a crowd of 10,000 at the National Stadium.
He first set a solid 82-run lead for the opening wicket with Warner, who looked dangerous and greeted Sajid on offense with two sixes.
Then Khawaja recovered the innings alongside Smith, who crossed seven boundaries in a tentative 35th Test half-century.
(with AFP inputs)
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