The Test match between India and New Zealand at Hagley Oval in Christchurch largely remained forgetful for the tourists.
New Zealand cruised towards a seven-wicket win with yet another victory after winning the toss and opting to bowl first.
India’s struggle with the bat continued as they managed their only 200+ score of the series in the first innings. Coming out to bowl, Indian bowlers did well to reduce the hosts to 183 for the loss of 8 wickets. During Mohammed Shami’s effort to dismiss Neil Wagner, Ravindra Jadeja’s stunning catch at square leg turned out to be one of the highlights of the game.
The Indian ace allrounder reacted to his acrobatic catch, claiming that he wasn’t anticipating the ball to come at such velocity, after hitting Wagner’s willow.
“I was expecting him (Wagner) to score towards deep square leg. But I didn’t expect the ball to come at that pace,” Jadeja reflected on his catch.
Many cricket fanatics have already hailed this catch as ‘Catch of the decade.’ Jadeja, who supported Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, bagged a couple of wickets in the first innings.
“It came so quickly with the wind, and I just stuck my hand out. I didn’t even realize when I took the catch. We bowled well as a unit. We will look to bat well and bowl them out again,” concluded Jadeja.
However, after adding just nine to the Indian total in his first outing, Jadeja remained unbeaten on 16 as the Indians were bundled out a paltry 124 in the second innings.