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Commentator's curse strikes David Warner as he's dismissed on 97

Shyam Sunder
24.54K   //    04 Nov 2016, 11:33 IST
David Warner
Warner was dismissed for 97 by Steyn

The second Test between Australia and South Africa witnessed a bizarre start for the South Africans yesterday as the visitors were dismissed for a modest total of 242 on day 1 of the first Test at WACA yesterday.

The Australians in reply, got off to a swift start, thanks to some explosive batting by David Warner.

The left-hand batsman was unbeaten on 75 runs off 62 balls as the Australians ended day 1 at 105 for no loss.

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The start of the second day's play was no different for the South African bowlers as Warner and Shaun Marsh continued to deal in boundaries. At one point of time, the Australian duo were scoring a boundary every over. However, the 14th over of the day witnessed an animated Shane Warne distraught over Mark Nicholas in the commentary box.

Warner was batting on 97 and was looking well on course to reach yet another century at Perth. The batsman has had a dream run at this venue with scores of 180, 13, 29, 60, 112, 253, 24 in his last 7 innings before the current match. Mark Nicholas and Shane Warne were on air and were quite excited by Warner's performance.

Nicholas was full of praise of Warner and went on to claim that the left-hander would surely get a 100 given the fact that he has never been dismissed in the 90s in Test matches.

Unfortunately, the very next ball Warner nicked a length delivery from Steyn to the first slip where Hashim Amla took a decent catch. The batsman was pretty dejected on missing out on a well deserved century. But what caught the viewers' eyes was the disbelief in the commentary box immediately after the dismissal.

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Warne was shocked over what had happened and slammed his thighs and stood up. The legendary spinner complained over Nicholas' comments and went on to accuse him of putting the commentator's curse over Warner.

The Australian left-hander had shown no signs of being jittery or uncomfortable.

The Australians went on to lose their next three wickets in the span of 11 overs and ended the first session with the score at 181/4. South African bowlers, Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and debutant Keshav Maharaj took a wicket each before lunch.

You can watch the video here.

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