The juggling catches near the boundary rope are becoming a regular affair in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The tournament has already witnessed several such catches and witnessed yet another one on Monday courtesy Devdutt Padikkal in the ongoing game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals.
The RCB youngster has taken the tournament by storm with his batting and has further enhanced his reputation with the stunning catch to send back in-form Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer.
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After managing only 11 runs from the first 12 balls he faced, Iyer went for a big shot off Moeen Ali. The England allrounder had bowled a flighted delivery around the off stump, inviting the batsman to go for the big shot. Iyer duly obliged as he fancied his chances of clearing the ropes.
The right-handed batsman went with the spin as he hit his shot towards deep mid-wicket. At first instance, it looked like Iyer’s shot would cross the boundary easily. However, Devdutt Padikkal had other ideas.
Before the ball could cross the ropes, the RCB star caught the ball inches away from the boundary before throwing the ball in the air as the momentum took him outside the field of play. He then returned to the field in time and completed the sensational catch.
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As far as the game is concerned, Delhi Capitals were comfortably placed at 117 for 3 after 14 overs at the time of compiling this report. Asked to bat first, they were off to a great start with Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan adding 69 runs in just 40 deliveries before the former departed for 42. Dhawan and Iyer soon followed suit as Delhi found themselves three down for 90 before Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis steadied the ship.
Here is a clip of Devdutt Padikkal’s catch: