PBKS vs MI: Watch - Shreyas Gopal's brilliant catch on follow-through to send back Harpreet Singh Bhatia

Updated - 18 Apr 2024, 10:42 PM

Shreyas Gopal, Harpreet Singh Bhatia
Shreyas Gopal, Harpreet Singh Bhatia [PC: X]

Punjab Kings started their chase of 193 runs in the ongoing game against Mumbai Indians in a disastrous fashion. They lost the wicket of Prabhsimran Singh in the very first over.

In the second over, MI pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah struck twice. He first clean bowled Rilee Rossouw for one before dismissing PBKS skipper Sam Curran for six to reduce PBKS to 14 for 3. Even before the hosts could add any run to their score, Gerald Coetzee dismissed Liam Livingstone for one to leave them reeling at 14 for 4 in the third over.

Shashank Singh and Harpreet Singh Bhatia then stopped the rot. The duo ensured that PBKS did not lose any more wickets inside the powerplay. However, before they could bat their team to a position of strength, Shreyas Gopal came up with a brilliant effort and ended the partnership. He sent back Bhatia for 13 by taking a catch on his bowling and reduced PBKS to 49 for 5 in the seventh over.

On the fifth ball of the over, Shreyas Gopal bowled a short delivery just outside the off stump. Bhatia read the length of the ball correctly as he rocked back on the backfoot. However, he could not keep his shot grounded as he hit the ball towards the bowler.

At the same time, it looked like he would be safe as the ball looked out of the bowler's reach. However, Gopal showed remarkable reflexes as he dived to his left and completed a stunning two-handed catch.

Watch the catch from Shreyas Gopal:

At the time of writing this report, PBKS were on 77 for 5 in the 10th over. In-form Shashank Singh and Jitesh Sharma were fighting it out in the middle for the home side. Earlier in the game, a brilliant 78-run knock from Suryakumar Yadav powered Mumbai Indians to 192/7 in 20 overs after they were asked to bat first. Apart from him, Rohit Sharma (36) and Tilak Varma (34*) also played crucial knocks.


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