Fabian Allen catch vs Sri Lanka: West Indies all-rounder put on display an exceptional fielding effort to break an 85-run partnership.
During the 39th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Sri Lanka and West Indies at Chester-le-Street, West Indies all-rounder Fabian Allen affected an awe-inspiring caught and bowled dismissal to send back Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the 32nd over when Mendis’ attempt of hitting a low full-toss delivery off Allen saw him hitting the ball back to the bowler. With the ball hit to Allen’s right, he dived in the air to make sure that Sri Lanka don’t run away with the advantage.
Allen’s catch saw him breaking an 85-run partnership for the third wicket between Avishka Fernando and Mendis. Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the 19th over, Mendis played well for his 39 (41). His innings was comprised of four fours.
Mendis’ dismissal saw his team getting reduced to 189/3 in the 32nd over. The Sri Lankans would be looking to convert their impressive start into a formidable score.
Earlier, it was West Indies captain Jason Holder who won the toss and chose to field. Making a solitary change to their side, West Indies included fast bowler Shannon Gabriel in place of Kemar Roach. On the other hand, Sri Lanka made three changes to their playing XI. Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay and Kasun Rajitha were brought in in place of Suranga Lakmal, Jeevan Mendis and Thisara Perera.
Fabian Allen catch vs Sri Lanka
How Twitter reacted:
WHAT. A. CATCH!
We have seen some stunners in this World Cup and this return catch by Fabian Allen is right up there! Kusal Mendis has to go. Brilliant caught & bowled.
— The Field (@thefield_in) July 1, 2019
What a catch from Fabian Allen 😮 pic.twitter.com/Ec93LYGKm6
— Ayesha Imran (@chaichaiye) July 1, 2019
— Poornama Edirisooriya (@poor9grazus) July 1, 2019
Just saw the Fabian Allen catch. Nice catch and all that, but shite batting to be fair. Full toss should have disappeared over the ropes. #bbccricket
— Nick Eve (@nickeve) July 1, 2019
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