Daryl Mitchell catch: The substitute fielder from New Zealand made his presence felt with a stunning catch at the McLean Park.
During the third T20I of the ongoing Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand in Napier, New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell put on display a stunning piece of fielding to draw first blood in the form of Pakistan opening batsman Haider Ali in the second innings.
It all happened on the second delivery of the sixth over when Ali’s attempt of playing a Scott Kuggeleijn off-stump delivery across the line saw him hitting a top-egde the ball towards the cover region.
Mitchell, who was substituting for New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill at cover, ran a few steps sideways before timing his dive to perfection to grab a superlative one-handed catch.
Opening the batting with wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan in a 174-run chase, Ali (11) was dismissed for his third consecutive low score.
After visiting captain Shadab Khan won the toss and the hosts in to bat, New Zealand thrived on the back of Devon Conway’s second T20I half-century. Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the sixth over, Conway departed in the last over after scoring 63 (45) with the help of seven fours and a six.
As for the Pakistani bowlers, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers with bowling figures of 4-0-20-3. Apart from Ashraf, pacers Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf picked a couple of wickets each but ended up being on the expensive side with conceding 43 and 44 runs respectively.
Daryl Mitchell catch
IS THAT THE CATCH OF THE SUMMER?
Daryl Mitchell is on as sub-fielder for one ball and takes this special grab to remove Pakistan opener Haider Ali.
Catch the run-chase live pic.twitter.com/fJqbirs0Hu
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) December 22, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 22, 2020
How to make your mark in a game when you’re not in the XI?
Ask substitute fielder Daryl Mitchell 🔥 pic.twitter.com/HTROw368jf
— ICC (@ICC) December 22, 2020
WHAT A CATCH
— Guy Heveldt (@GuyHeveldt) December 22, 2020
Oh my days Daryl Mitchell! What a grab! #NZvsPAK
— Andrew Gourdie (@AndrewGourdie) December 22, 2020
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