VIDEO: Cheteshwar Pujara’s drop catch costs five extra runs

Cheteshwar Pujara

In the ongoing Cape Town test between India and South Africa, Cheteshwar Pujara who was fielding on first slip dropped Temba Bavuma’s catch. The ball went on to hit Rishabh Pant’s helmet which resulted in five extra runs for the home team. 

Team India had a good start on Day 2 as the bowlers picked up the wickets of Aiden Markram and removed nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj quite early in the first hour. But the bowlers often faced disappointment when the ball landed short in front of the players in the slip cordons. The Proteas players edged a couple of deliveries but were lucky at times. Even the bounce on the pitch ensured the batters were not in front of the three stumps. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli lost two DRS reviews for the same reason. 

However, a rare incident took place in the 50th over of South Africa’s innings with Temba Bavuma on strike. Shardul Thakur was bowling to Bavuma who looked rock solid on the crease until he chased a wide delivery. The ball was way outside the off stump but Bavuma slashed the ball which went towards Cheteshwar Pujara standing on the first slip. 

Pujara who took a wonderful catch on Day 1 to remove the South African skipper Dean Elgar missed this time. Pujara might have been blind sided as Rishabh Pant made a diving attempt to get hold of the ball right in front of him. 

The ball rolled out and hit Pant’s helmet which was behind him. The home team were gifted with five penalty runs eventually. Bavuma was on 17 when he got a lifeline with 138 runs on the board at the cost of 4 wickets. 

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Keegan Petersen’s heroics helped the Proteas register a total of 210 on the board. Keegan Petersen managed to score 72 off 166 which included 9 fours. The 28 year old was removed by Jasprit Bumrah who took a fifer on Day 2.

At stumps on Day 2, Team India have taken a 70 run lead at the loss of both the openers. Skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were on the pitch till the end.