Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021: Mayank Markande grabs excellent catch to dismiss Pavan Deshpande off Siddarth Kaul

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 26/01/2021

Mayank Markande grabs excellent catch: The Punjabi spinner put on display a praiseworthy fielding effort at Motera today.

During the first quarter-final of the ongoing 12th season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy between Punjab and Karnataka in Ahmedabad, Punjab spinner Mayank Markande put on display a praiseworthy fielding effort to dismiss Karnataka batsman Pavan Deshpande.

It all happened on the fourth delivery of the fourth over when Deshpande’s attempt of flicking a Siddarth Kaul delivery led to his dismissal. Not in the best of shapes while playing the shot to an incoming delivery, Deshpande ended up hitting it in the air towards mid-wicket.

Markande, who was fielding at mid-wicket, timed his dive to perfection towards his right to convert a half-chance into a dismissal. The 23-year old player’s fielding forced Deshpande to walk back to the pavilion after scoring 0 (2).

Having registered bowling figures of 4-1-15-3, Kaul continued his sublime form in the tournament to be the pick of the Punjabi bowlers at Motera today.

Apart from Kaul, the likes of Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma and Ramandeep Singh picked a couple of wickets each to bundle out Karnataka for 87 in 17.2 overs.

Punjab, who had earlier defeated Karnataka in the league stage, staged their second consecutive victory over the defending champions to knockout them from the tournament.

Chasing a paltry 88-run target, a match-winning 85-run partnership between wicket-keeper batsman Prabhsimran Singh (49 not out) and captain Mandeep Singh (35 not out) sealed the chase for Punjab in the 13th over.

Mayank Markande grabs excellent catch to dismiss Pavan Deshpande

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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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