In an incredible piece of action, former Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer displayed his presence of mind and calmness while fielding against the Chennai Super Kings during Qualifier 1 in Dubai on Sunday.
Shreyas Iyer took a brilliant catch at the boundary line to get rid of CSK’s Robin Uthappa.
Such self relay catches have become common in T20 cricket, but Shreyas Iyer not only had to deal with the proximity of the boundary line after Uthappa had pulled a Tom Curran delivery in his direction, at long-on. But he also was distracted by Axar Patel running in front of him!
Shreyas Iyer moved to his right and caught the ball inches away from the rope, but Axar came running in from mid-wicket. Iyer, realizing that he was falling over the rope, threw the ball in the air. He took three steps beyond the fence before skipping back in the playing field to grab the ball, completing a magnificent catch.
Shreyas Iyer would also then take a catch of Shardul Thakur before running out Ambati Rayudu.
Uthappa hits fifty before DC come back
Chasing 173, CSK didn’t get off to the desired start as Anrich Nortje bowled Faf du Plessis in the first over. After that, however, it was the Robin Uthappa show in the powerplay.
Uthappa started off with three sweetly times boundaries before going after Avesh Khan in the sixth over. He thwacked the young pacer for 2 fours and 2 sixes to cap off CSK’s powerplay at 59/1.
DC tightened the screws by not conceding any boundary in the next four overs, before Ruturaj Gaikwad launched Axar Patel for a six and four down the ground and Uthappa, who raised his fifty, took a couple of boundaries off Ashwin.
Tom Curran got Uthappa (63 off 44) holing in the deep to a terrific catch from Shreyas Iyer at the boundary line. In the same over, Shardul Thakur, who was promoted up in the order, was caught by Iyer again. Iyer would then also run out Ambati Rayudu. At the time of writing, CSK are 121/4 at the 15-over mark.