There is an old saying in cricket that catches win matches and it has been proved right more often than not as the players have taken breathtaking catches on the field. Similarly, the UAE player, Basil Hameed added to the list of some glorious catches in cricketing history, flying to his left to take a superman-like stunner against Sri Lanka.
After posting a total of 152/8 against UAE, Sri Lanka retaliated in the best possible manner as they demolished UAE’s top order inside the first six overs. Karthik Meiyappan galloped the limelight in the first innings with a hat trick but the team also made headlines with a stunning fielding effort.
Pathum Nissanka kept the Sri Lankan innings together and he was expected to go berserk in the slog overs but a spectacular catch evaded him from doing so. Zahoor Khan was bowling the last over of the innings and Nissanka was facing the penultimate delivery after scoring a half-century.
The delivery was bowled into the slot and the batter tried to clear mid-off, hoping it would sail past over the fielder placed at the edge of the 30-yard circle. However, he lacked the elevation required for the shot and it created a half-chance for Basil Hameed.
The ball was traveling at the brisk pace Basil Hameed was adamant to create an opportunity. The fielder dived to his left, defying gravity and pouncing at the ball mid-air. His take was reminiscent of the heroics of fictional characters from comic books. The internet erupted in joy and shared their excitement regarding the brilliant catch, comparing it to superman’s adventures.
Here is the video of the catch:
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Sri Lanka roared back in style by pinning down UAE as the middle-east contingent was reeling at 39/6 after 11 overs, largely courtesy of some exhibition fast bowling from their pacers Pramod Madushan and Dushmantha Chameera. Bowling the sixth over, Madushan delivered a length third ball to Chirag Suri tempting him into a slog. The opener cleared his leg and attempted to heave the ball over the leg side but the pace rattled him for good.
Here is the video of the dismissal:
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