Riyan Parag, on Friday (July 21), showed remarkable presence of mind to take a crucial catch during the fiery clash between India A and Bangladesh A in the semifinal of the ongoing ACC Mens Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023.
In a clash where fortunes swung from one side to another and tempers flared India A emerged victorious by 51 runs, in the end, to storm into the final. Asked to bat first, India were in deep trouble after being reduced to 137 for 7.
The 200-run mark was looking like a distant dream for India A before captain Yash Dhull came up with a fighting fifty. The India A skipper led from the very front and waged a lone battle. He scored 66 runs and was the last Indian wicket to fall, helping his team post a competitive total of 211 runs.
In reply, Bangladesh were off to a good start and were looking set to win the game after their openers added 70 runs for the first wicket. However, once opener Tanzid Hasan departed after scoring 51, Bangladesh A’s innings got derailed. They lost wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for 160.
Riyan Parag’s smart catch:
Bangladesh were on 154 for 7 in the 32nd over when Riyan Parag came up with a smart idea to send Rakibul Hasan back for a duck. While India were well on top at that stage, a well-set Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s presence on the field was still a danger.
But two wickets in two deliveries all but sealed Bangladesh’s fate. After Nishant Sindhu dismissed Mahedi Hasan on the fifth ball of the 32nd over, Riyan Parag took the fine catch to send back Rakibul on the very next delivery. The Assam star had correctly anticipated Rakibul’s reverse sweep and moved to his left even before he played the shot.
And as soon as Rakibul hit the shot, it went straight to Riyan Parag. His celebration made it clear that he and his teammates were expecting something similar from the Bangladesh tail-ender.
Here is a clip of the catch from Riyan Parag:
— FanCode (@FanCode) July 21, 2023