It was a mixed day on the field for Somerset’s Max Waller against Middlesex in the T20 Blast. While Somerset lost the game and Waller had a terrible day with the ball, he picked up a sensational catch to dismiss the dangerous AB de Villiers. Middlesex had only option with the bat and that was to go all out as they were chasing a mammoth 227.
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Openers Dawid Malan and Paul Sterling gave Middlesex a perfect start by adding 67 runs in just 3.4 overs. However, Somerset hit back by dismissing both of them in two consecutive balls. Tim Groenewald sent both of them back in the fourth over to put Somerset in command of the proceedings. But there was no respite for Somerset.
AB de Villiers also started in the same manner. In a blink of an eye, he raced away to 32 from just 15 deliveries with the help of three fours and a couple of sixes. In the eleventh over bowled by Tom Lammonby, he went for another big hit. The ball was a bit short and AB de Villiers connected it really well.
The ball was looking destined to sail over the mid-wicket boundary. However, Max Waller, who was standing well inside the boundary, left everyone shell-shocked by pulling off an absolute blinder. The pacer nonchalantly jumped at his place and plucked the catch out of thin air with just one hand, leaving the commentators in utter shock.
Here is that catch from Max Waller:
How can you not like cricket when things like this happen! Absolute world class catch Max Waller! 👏🏏 pic.twitter.com/8c5BonGCng
— James (@Surreycricfan) August 30, 2019
Max Waller, nonetheless, ended up on the losing side as Middlesex chased down the total in just 17 overs. Eoin Morgan was the star of the show, hammering 83 from just 29 balls to take his side home. Middlesex also booked their place in the quarterfinal with the impressive win.