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James Anderson’s Stunning Juggle Catch Dismisses Ashwin In India vs. England Test
By CricShots - Feb 16, 2024 2:58 pm
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On the second day of the third Test between India and England in Rajkot, veteran English pacer James Anderson showcased his fielding skills, securing a crucial catch to dismiss Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin. The catch almost slipped through Anderson’s fingers but was eventually secured off the bowling of young spinner Rehan Ahmed.

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James Anderson took a juggling catch

Opting to bat first, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma led the team to post 326 runs for the loss of five wickets by the end of the opening day’s play at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. However, India faced early setbacks on the second day, losing overnight batters Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. James Anderson managed to dismiss Kuldeep Yadav for four runs, while Jadeja added no runs to his overnight score.

During the second session on Day 2, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dhruv Jurel formed a crucial partnership, adding 77 runs for the eighth wicket. Rehan Ahmed eventually broke the stand after lunch.

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The pivotal moment occurred in the 120th over of India’s innings when Ashwin attempted an aggressive shot over mid-on. The ball found its way to James Anderson, who, despite an initial fumble, managed to secure the catch on the second attempt. Ashwin departed after contributing 37 runs, including six boundaries, to India’s total.

  

On the opening day, Rohit Sharma had played a stellar knock, scoring his 11th Test century and rescuing India from a precarious position at 33/3. His partnership with Ravindra Jadeja for the fifth wicket yielded 204 runs, setting the foundation for a competitive total.

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In the same innings, young batter Sarfaraz Ahmed marked his debut with a maiden half-century. As the Test match progresses, the Indian team aims to build a substantial total in response to England’s efforts, with James Anderson playing a crucial role with both ball and fielding.