Hazlewood produces spectacular piece of fielding to run out Vihari

By Sports Desk January 08, 2021

Josh Hazlewood produced a spectacular piece of fielding to run out Hanuma Vihari during Australia's third Test against India.

The Australia paceman delivered some magic to run out Vihari for four in Sydney.

Hazlewood scrambled to his right at mid-off before quickly unleashing a throw while diving, the direct hit catching Vihari well short of his ground at the SCG.

That left India at 142-4 in response to Australia's first-innings 338.

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