The Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer completed a stunning catch after putting in a dove in the deep to dismiss Sri Lanka’s opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka in the eighth over of the innings of the ongoing 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka at the HPCA stadium in Dharamsala. The incident took place on the fourth ball of the eighth over when Danushka Gunathilaka was looking to go after Ravindra Jadeja after hitting the first three balls for a couple of sixes and a boundary before he failed to connect the ball.
Gunathikla was looking to deposit left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja over the long-on boundary but he only managed to mistime teh shot as the ball to the outside edge and the ball went high in the air. The catch was not easy as Venkatesh Iyer was standing right at the long-on boundary and had to cover a lot of ground as he ran forward.
The ball was swirling in the air and Venkatesh Iyer put in a great dive to make sure he held onto the catch. Iyer’s catch made sure Sri Lanka was pushed on the backfoot after Danushka Gunathilaka smashed Ravindra Jadeja for a couple of sixes on the previous deliveries of the same over.
Here is the video of the catch taken by Venkatesh Iyer:
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India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Sri Lanka Playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kamil Mishara, Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrama, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara
Here is how Twitter reacted to Venkatesh Iyer’s catch:
Venkatesh iyer took the catch of Gunathilaka in today's match & it looks same like sharjeel Khan's catch taken by hardik pandya in 2016 t20 world cup. pic.twitter.com/YGH8QoSIbD
— Raja Sekhar Cricket (@CricketWithRaju) February 26, 2022
— All About Cricket (@AllAboutCricke8) February 26, 2022
Excellent catch by Venkatesh Iyer. Was that kind of shot required by Gunatilaka?
— Rohan Naik (@RohanNa94580022) February 26, 2022
— Sanskar Gemawat (@_SanskarG) February 26, 2022
Miracle Miracle 😆. Venkatesh iyer completed the catch safely.
— Ravi (@Ravi03414) February 26, 2022
venky iyer ticking all boxes ,
running catch ✅
Hardik 👋 #INDvSL
— Vkholic.meme (@_vishaaaaal_) February 26, 2022
Brilliant catch by venkatesh Iyer to dismiss Gunathilaka
— Cricket🏏 (@endblade58) February 26, 2022