Haris Rauf and Sohaib Maqsood collision: The Pakistani fast bowler and batsman were fortunate enough to not get injured while attempting a catch.
During the first T20I of the ongoing Pakistan’s tour of England at Trent Bridge, Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf put on display an incredible fielding effort to dismiss England all-rounder Moeen Ali (1).
It all happened on the third delivery of the fifth over when Ali aimed to play an aerial shot on the leg-side off Pakistan’s Mohammad Hasnain. Failing to time the ball as well he would’ve liked, Ali ended up achieving more height than distance.
Chancing a catching opportunity, Rauf ran back from inside the circle to complete a sensational catch. Apart from running back, a significant challenge for Rauf was to avoid colliding with Sohaib Maqsood who was running in from the boundary for the same catch.
Just as Rauf completed the catch, both him and Maqsood were involved in a nasty collision with resulted the former in the latter’s arms. Fortunately, none of them got injured as the visitors celebrated their third wicket in the powerplay.
Chasing a mammoth 233-run target at a high-scoring venue, England fell short by 31 runs despite Liam Livingstone’s maiden T20I century. Coming in to bat after Ali’s departure, Livingstone scored a stroke-filled 103 (43) comprising of six fours and nine sixes.
Earlier, it was a 150-run opening partnership between Pakistan vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan (63) and captain Babar Azam (85) which propelled them to 232/6 in 20 overs. With a match-winning spell of 3.2-0-30-3 including dismissals of Dawid Malan (1), Jonny Bairstow (11) and Matt Parkinson (0), Shaheen Shah Afridi was declared the ‘Man of the Match’ in Nottingham.
Haris Rauf and Sohaib Maqsood collision
haris rauf catches the ball.
sohaib maqsood catches haris rauf. the audience catches their hearts dropping to the floor.
one of the greatest fielding moments in cricketing history. pic.twitter.com/iNg24kPlcq
— Paki-O (@PakistaniReacts) July 16, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
A diving catch from Haris Rauf, leaping into Sohaib Maqsood’s arms! 😅
Have you ever seen anything like it?! pic.twitter.com/1EYj1vwqYo
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 16, 2021
That is one of the most spectacular but potentially calamitous catches ive watched in recent times. Thank goodness Rauf is ok. And held on👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) July 16, 2021
Rauf took the catch and speared Maqsood 😭😭😭😭😭
— aنaس (@AnasMagnificent) July 16, 2021
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