The last ball of the 72nd over of New Zealand's first innings is certain to make the highlights package of the Christchurch Test, courtesy Ravindra Jadeja.
After Hanuma Vihari dropped a tough chance off Mohammed Shami in the 66th over bowled by Mohammed Shami to Neil Wagner, India was left wondering how costly this could prove.
The 9th-wicket stand between Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner on Day 2 of the second Test was already worth over fifty runs with a ball left in the 72nd over.
The left-handed Wagner, batting fluently on 21, went for another big shot only to find Jadeja pluck it out of thin air with his left hand. New Zealand were soon bowled out for 235, 7 runs short of the Indian first-innings score of 242.
Jadeja's stunning catch was the highlight at tea on day two of the second Test at the Hagley Oval on Sunday.
After being reduced to 142/5 at lunch, Kiwi pacers Jamieson (49) and Wagner (21) shared a 51-run for the ninth wicket before Jadeja took a stunning catch at deep square leg, leaping high and plucking the ball out of thin air showing extraordinary reflexes to get rid of Wagner.
The all-rounder was immediately surrounded by his teammates as all of them basked in his fielding brilliance. The effort left Wagner flabbergasted too. At tea, Jadeja said he was expecting Wagner to score heavily in the square leg region, but never thought the ball would come at that pace.
"I was expecting him (Wagner) to score towards deep square leg. But I didn't expect the ball to come at that pace. It came so quickly with the wind and I just stuck my hand out. I didn't even realise when I took the catch. We bowled well as a unit. We will look to bat well and bowl them out again," Jadeja said at the innings break.
Mohammed Shami took four wickets while Jasprit Bumrah finished with 3/62 as India bowled out New Zealand for 235.
With Agency Inputs