The light factor was always going to play a huge part when it comes to Day-Night Test matches. Despite India’s tremendous grip over the pink ball throughout the first session of the ongoing Test, the light did cause a little bit of trouble when the Indian opener, Rohit Sharma attempted an impulsive catch without even figuring where the ball was.
Fortunately for India, the chaos created by the lack of light and pink-ball combination didn’t hurt the Indian team at all. What it did cause was an eventful and cherishing moment for India as they had sealed the tenth Bangladeshi wicket and bundled out the visitors packing for a meager total of 106.
As Bangladesh’s No.11 Abu Jayed was facing Mohammad Shami’s signature short delivery pitching outside off, he tried to cut it past point but instead, he ended up chopping it to the second slip. Bangladesh’s fate seemed shining for a few microseconds when Rohit did let go of the ball as he clearly wasn’t sure about the placement of the pink cherry.
Luckily, it was Cheteshwar Pujara to the rescue as he grabbed the catch, which bounced off Rohit’s hands, at second slip. The instinctive catch by Pujarawas his 50th catch in Tests. The highlight of the incident was that Rohit was clearly blinded by the lack of light as he was seen hunting for the ball with his eyes even as his other teammates were already started celebrating he looked clueless about the ball.
Here is the video of the catch:
Pujara miscue's Rohit…!!https://t.co/vaGWzKAtGm
— Cricket Videos (@CricketVideos15) November 22, 2019
The Indian bowlers wreaked havoc as they bundled out for a meager total of 106 runs. Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped 5 wickets (his 10th 5-wicket haul in Test and 2nd at home), while Umesh Yadav taking three and Mohammed Shami also taking a couple.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the catch:
Rohit Sharma has treated the viewers to a superb catch and an even better GIF moment, the latter coming seconds after Pujara completed the catch.#PinkBallTestMatch
— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) November 22, 2019
Spotting #PinkBall at twilight is too difficult it seems
Rohit Sharma lost sight of the ball in that rebound catch taken by Pujara#INDvBAN
— பிரேம்😍🔥வலிமை🔥😍 (@Premkumar_R) November 22, 2019
Rohit in this Test match so far ⬇️
Catches 1 🔥
Assist 1 😉
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 22, 2019
— Snixer Sports (@SportsSnixer) November 22, 2019
Kohli Ka Catch Rohit Liya
Rohit Ka Catch Pujara Liya
Matlab Pujara Ka Catch Kohli Lega? #INDvBAN
— Sujoy Barg (@SujoyBarg07) November 22, 2019
Rohit fumbles n Pujara grabs it…!! Laughter out there as Shami get's the last nail in the coffin n @BCBtigers bundle out for a mere 106 in first #PinkBallTest . #INDvBAN #PinkBall #pinktest #banvsind #INDvsBAN #DayNightTest
— Tejas Pujare (@tejas_pujare) November 22, 2019
— captain rogers (@SudheendraRao4) November 22, 2019
Rohit searching the ball while pujara already celebrating the catch 😂😂😂#INDvBAN
— Shivam (@shivamr_13) November 22, 2019
— Prantik (@Frankie__Ball) November 22, 2019
India finish off Bangladesh with a comedy catching routine between Rohit and Pujara just to add to the pink ball fun for the crowd. Rohit probably now thinking of getting 106 himself before the close… #INDvBAN
— Jonny (@Leathernwillow) November 22, 2019