Abhishek Sharma fielding: Punjab all-rounder’s breathtaking fielding effort saves boundary vs Baroda

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 29/01/2021

Abhishek Sharma fielding: The Punjabi all-rounder was acrobatic on the field to save as many as four runs at the Motera Stadium.

During the second semi-final of the ongoing 12th season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy between Punjab and Baroda in Ahmedabad, Punjab all-rounder Abhishek Sharma put on display a first-rate fielding effort to save a boundary for his team.

It all happened on the first delivery of the 17th over when Baroda batsman Karthik Kakade hit a Siddarth Kaul delivery towards long-off. While the ball initially appeared to be going over the boundary for a six, Sharma timed his dive to perfection to register a breathtaking effort.

In the process, the 20-year old player did exceedingly well to save as many as four runs after his teammates had dropped a couple of catches previously.

Sharma, however, couldn’t replicate the same message while opening the batting for Punjab in a 161-run chase. The left-hand batsman was the first Punjabi batsman to get out against Baroda pacer Lukman Meriwala.

With Punjab captain Mandeep Singh injuring his shoulder while fielding, Punjab’s top-order not firing in a knockout match have put them in a spot of bother.

Earlier, it was Mandeep who had won the toss and chose to field. Recovering well in the death over, Baroda scored 160-3 in their allotted quota of 20 overs on the back of a 93-run partnership for the third wicket between captain Kedar Devdhar (64) and Kakade (53*). For Punjab, the likes of Mayank Markande, Kaul and Sandeep Sharma picked a wicket apiece at the Motera Stadium.

Abhishek Sharma fielding

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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