Watch | Keegan Petersen’s one-handed stunner to remove Pujara in 3rd Test
- "Keegan Petersen, what did you have for breakfast?" Commentator Pommy Mbwanga said
- India lost Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane within the first 2 overs on Day 3
- At Lunch, India’s score was 130/4, leading South Africa by 143 runs
South Africa got off to the perfect start on day three of the decisive third Test against India at Cape Town’s Newlands Cricket Ground on Thursday as Keegan Petersen took a stunning, one-handed catch to get rid of senior Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara in the very first over.
Marco Jansen bowled a short delivery on the leg side, which caught Pujara’s inside edge and flew off towards Petersen at leg gully. On another day, the ball would have easily gone past the fielder for a boundary but Petersen was lightning quick to react as he dived towards his right and held on to the catch to give the Proteas an early breakthrough and send Pujara, who could not believe his luck, packing for just nine.
The dismissal left commentators Pommy Mbwanga and Sunil Gavaskar awestruck.
“Wow, that is unbelievable! Keegan Petersen, what did you have for breakfast?” Mbangwa said.
“Sometimes it makes sense to listen to us old-timers! That is a magnificent catch, magnificent catch and what a start to South Africa, second ball of the day!” Indian batting legend Gavaskar said.
Watch the stunning catch here:
The dismissal also impressed fans, who took to social media to laud the 28-year-old Petersen.
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Resuming their innings from the overnight score of 57 for two, India got off to a disastrous start as both Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane were returned to the pavilion within the first two overs.
Skipper Virat Kohli (28*) then forged a healthy, 72-run partnership with wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant (51*), who took the initiative and scored his eighth Test fifty. At Lunch, India’s score was 130 for the loss of four wickets, leading South Africa by 143 runs.
The three-match series is currently level at 1-1 after South Africa bounced back from the 113-run defeat at Centurion to register a seven-wicket win at the Wanderers.