New Zealand pacer Trent Boult is one of the few rare fast bowlers in the world who are also excellent fielders. His athleticism was on display once again on Friday in Wellington against Bangladesh where he took a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Liton Das.
Tom Latham, who is standing in for Kane Williamson, had won the toss and decided to bat first posting a big total of 318 runs with the help of hundreds from Devon Conway and Daryll Mitchell.
The visitors stuttered early in their chase losing skipper Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar inside 5 overs, both dismissed by Matt Henry. The pacer continued to make inroads with the wicket of Liton Das in the 7th over.
However, it was the magnificent catch by Trent Boult which should get most of the credit for the dismissal. On the last ball of the 7th over, Liton Das tried to play a pull shot to a back of a length outside off delivery from Henry. The batsman was done for extra bounce as the ball took the top edge and flew towards the third man boundary.
Trent Boult, who was standing a bit squarer, ran a few meters to his left, gave a dive, and stuck his left hand out; to the amazement of everyone, the ball went straight into his hands. Trent Boult, while laying on the ground, himself gestured that he had taken the catch cleanly – as if he himself gave the soft-signal! Matt Henry couldn’t believe it; neither the commentators.
Trent Boult and taking one hand stunners. Just top class by him, excellent athleticism.pic.twitter.com/4UVTIPvLhb
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 26, 2021
New Zealand continues unbeaten streak against Bangladesh at home
Bangladesh could never recover from the early blows and succumbed to a 164-run defeat and conceded the series 3-0 after losing the first two games. Devon Conway, who hit 126 runs off 110 balls was chosen as the Man of the Match, as well as the Man of the Series for ending the series as the leading run-scorer with 225 runs.
This also means that Bangladesh has never, ever, won a single cricket match against New Zealand in New Zealand! They have been touring the Kiwis since 2001; yet after 2 decades, the Black Caps have never lost at home to the Bangla Tigers.
The 3-match T20I series commences on Sunday (March 28), and the hosts will be without some of their top IPL-bound players, which will give the visitors a good shot at making history.