Indian Fans Shouted ‘Sandpaper’ To Australian Player Standing Near Boundary
By CricShots - Feb 18, 2023 3:07 pm
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Fans have turned up in huge numbers at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi to support Team India in their ongoing second game of the 4-match Test series against Australia. The crowd in one of the stands tried to annoy the Australian fielders by chanting ‘sandpaper’ as they came near the boundary rope on Saturday. Sandpapergate was one of the biggest controversies in the history of Australian cricket. 

Australian team

Back in 2018, Australia’s Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were caught tampering with the ball conditions during a Test match against South Africa.  Reminding the Australian team about the same during the second Test against India, fans in Delhi chanted: “Sandpaper, sandpaper, sandpaper, sandpaper.” A fan shared a video from the stadium on Twitter.

Here is the video of the incident:

Unlike the first Test in Nagpur, it looks like the second match at the Arun Jaitley Stadium will be a close encounter between top two teams. Australian captain Pat Cummins won the toss and opted to bat first in the second Test yesterday.

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Australia performed better in the batting department as they amassed 263 runs in their first innings. Opening batter Usman Khawaja top-scored with an 81-run knock, while Peter Handscomb remained not out on 72.

In reply, India ended Day 1 at 21/0 after nine overs. Fans expected openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to make a huge opening partnership, but the two batters were back in the hut before the 20th over ended. Nathan Lyon dismissed both of them and also trapped Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck in his 100th Test match.

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Shreyas Iyer was Lyon’s fourth scalp as India was once reeling at 66/4. Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja tried to stabilize the innings with a 59-run partnership, but the Aussie spinners took their wickets as well. India is 179/7 at the tea break on Day 2. You can follow the live scorecard right here.