We have witnessed some spectacular performances in the gentleman’s game either with the bat and the ball, but the fielding has further been an important asset which has changed the matches, and such one incident has taken place at the Melbourne during the seventh edition of the Big Bash League (BBL07) on January 22 (Monday).
BBL07: Melbourne Renegades Vs Adelaide Strikers.
After Travis Head-led Adelaide Strikers batted first which further saw skipper smashing fifty (58 off 47) and South African-import, Colin Ingram smashed 68 off 36 balls which was comprised of four boundaries and five maximums.
Strikers post 173 for five on board which saw Melbourne Renegades was restricted at 147 for seven.
What unfolded during the match?
The breathtaking catch was taken in the 16th over when Windies teammates Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard were batting for Cameron White-led Renegades.
At the score of 100, Bravo extended his arms to go over the cover region on the bowling of teenage prodigy Rashid Khan.
The right-handed batting allrounder gave much elevation to the ball which saw a fielder.
In the 35th match of the lucrative Twenty20 league, Strikers won the fixture to make it to the semi-finals after all-round performance.
What a stunner by Jake Weatherald after Ben Laughlin’s assist:
Rashid, who’s known for his cunning accuracy tossed up the delivery as Bravo aimed for a swing which saw the ball swirled into the air before Ben Laughlin came underneath the ball to throw it back in the ground owing to the back-hand flick when he was sprinting at full tilt.
However, right into the field, Jake Weatherald was backing up while diving full to his left to complete the catch at full stretch.
Bravo faced three balls for his four.
Interestingly, the back-hand flip has so strong force that it pushed Weatherald to cover most of the ground in time to complete the sensational catches before the team mobbed the Afghanistan sensation.
The 19-year-old Rashid bagged two wickets after conceding 26 runs in four overs which further saw him cleaning up opposition skipper White (17 off 23).
It might seem an easy catch at first sight for many, but running on full tilt and the presence of mind to avoid touching the padded-up boundary line requires the great presence of mind, before throwing the ball into the playfield reveals how the fitness his did wonder in the gentleman’s game in particular.
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The official Twitter handle of the KFC BBL has uploaded the 41-second-video which has already garnered 57.3k views as it witnessed 2,101 likes and 1,222 retweets.
You can watch the spectacular take here:
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 22, 2018