Victoria 182 for 8 (Handscomb 43, Dwarshuis 3-43) vs new South Wales
This time he was caught at short leg while pushing the ball from Chris Tremain, which bounced off the seam. He gets an inside edge on the pads and it goes to Ryan Hackney at short leg.
Pucovski, batting at No. 3 on his return after being rested following the loss to Queensland, was out in much the same fashion, but Hackney was unable to get his hands under the ball as he dived forward onto the pitch. Pucovski should also have been out on 10 when he edged Dwarshuis behind, but wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes misjudged the ball and he converted a relatively straightforward chance, diving to his right.
Pucovski and Dean finished with a 68-run partnership in about 35 overs on a difficult surface with plenty of green grass. Both men faced over a hundred balls and managed to hit only two fours on the soft, slow outfield. Pucovski eventually fell to Jackson Bird while attempting to defend from the crease.
Dean continued grinding with the handscomb which was much more fluent. But Dean, after facing 154 balls to score 39, fell victim to an innocuous Moises Henriques delivery, slipping him off steady feet.
Handscomb played a good innings of 43 but his dismissal led to a disastrous collapse. He played an uncharacteristic pull shot while setting square to Dwarshuis from around the wicket. The short ball was outside the off stump and he lofted it towards square leg in an attempt to pull it over midwicket.
Captain Will Sutherland also fell foul of Dwarshuis’s short ball, taking a catch at deep backward square, with two men on hand for a precise shot.
Things turned from bad to worse when Short, who looked to be in good touch, was run out. Harper pulled a ball to the short leg fielder and it went towards midwicket, Harper said ‘yes’ and then ‘no’ as he realized that Green was swooping. Short drew the initial call and was forced to run back but Green’s brilliant direct hit overcame his desperate dive.
Dwarshuis had Mitch Perry caught behind shortly after, before Tremain had Fergus O’Neill caught in full light in the final over of the day.