IPL 2024
Axar Patel’s Spectacular Catch Sends Abhishek Sharma Packing
By CricShots - Apr 20, 2024 9:09 pm
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In a high-octane clash between the Delhi Capitals (DC) and the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Axar Patel’s acrobatic catch turned the tide for DC, offering them a crucial breakthrough. SRH, after winning the toss, opted to bat first, setting the stage for an explosive showdown.

Axar Patel
Axar Patel took an exceptional catch

Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma wasted no time in making their intentions clear, launching a relentless assault on the DC bowlers right from the outset. Head’s onslaught in the initial overs saw SRH amass a staggering 125 runs in the powerplay, setting a new record in IPL history.

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However, DC’s fortunes changed in the seventh over when Axar Patel pulled off a sensational catch to dismiss Abhishek Sharma. Kuldeep Yadav’s delivery outside off stump tempted Sharma to go for a big shot, but he could only manage a lofted drive. Nevertheless, the ball flew towards extra cover with a menacing pace.

Axar Patel, stationed at the position, showcased lightning reflexes, diving to his left to pluck the ball out of thin air, sending Sharma back to the pavilion. Sharma’s blitzkrieg came to an end after a blistering 46 off just 12 balls, featuring six sixes and two fours.

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Despite the early setback, SRH continued their aggressive approach, with Head leading the charge with an explosive 89 off 32 balls. However, Kuldeep Yadav struck twice more, dismissing Aiden Markram and the dangerous Head, offering DC much-needed respite.

As the game progressed, SRH found themselves at 159/4 by the end of the 11th over, showcasing the roller-coaster nature of T20 cricket. With the match hanging in the balance, both teams remained determined to seize control and secure a vital victory in the IPL showdown.