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
Times his jump ✅
Keeps his balance ✅
Saves a six ✅
— BCCI Domestic (@BCCIdomestic) January 29, 2021
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