'Unbelievable': Aussie captain's 'screamer' lights up cricket world

Andrew Reid
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Tim Paine put forward a contender for 'catch of the summer' on day two at the MCG. Pic: ESPNCricinfo/Getty
Tim Paine put forward a contender for 'catch of the summer' on day two at the MCG. Pic: ESPN/Getty

Cricket fans have lit up social media after an extraordinary moment from Australia captain Tim Paine on the day two of the second Test against India at the MCG.

Paine out forward a contender for catch of the summer, with a sensational diving effort to remove Cheteshwar Pujara for 17.

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Pujara and Shubman Gill started the day brightly for India as the tourists looked to ram home their advantage from day one.

However, after seeing Paine drop Gill earlier in Sunday's opening session, the Aussie skipper made amends to remove the Indian debutant for a well-worked 45.

Cummins and Paine combined again just before the drinks break in the opening session, courtesy of an astonishing catch from the Aussie wicketkeeper.

The Aussie skipper flung himself to the right after star India batsman Pujara edged one that flew towards the Aussie skipper at pace.

Paine snaffled the one-handed catch at full stretch, just before the ball hit the ground in front of Matthew Wade at first slip.

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The superb catch left viewers in awe on social media.

India started day two in a strong position after rolling the Aussies for 195 on an eventful opening day.

The tourists resumed at 1-36 but found themselves two down when Pat Cummins picked up the wicket of Shubman Gill for 45.

The India opener, having been put down by Paine earlier, wasn't given a second reprieve as the Aussie skipper caught him five runs shy of a half century.

India captain Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari steadied the ship for the tourists to get India to lunch on day two at 3-90.

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