Martin Guptill catch vs Australia: New Zealand opening batsman finally grabbed a catch after dropping two catches vs Australia.
During the 37th match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Australia at Lord’s, New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill grabbed a stunner to dismiss Australia batsman Steven Smith. Having dropped a couple of chances earlier, Guptill finally held on to one to dismiss the ace Australian batsman.
It all happened on the second delivery of the 12th over when Smith’s attempt to pull a Lockie Ferguson delivery saw him hitting the ball straight to Guptill at leg gully. In what was a trap against Smith, not many would have expected him to fall prey to the same so soon.
While the ball might have been hit in Guptill’s vicinity, the speed with which it traveled counted for a praiseworthy attempt. The fact that he held on to the ball with just his left hand speaks highly of the same.
Smith, who had come in to bat at No. 4 in the 10th over, ended up scoring 5 (8). With David Warner (16) and Aaron Finch (8) already back in the pavilion cheaply, Smith was expected to play the anchor role.
As far as Ferguson is concerned, Smith became his second dismissal. The right-arm fast bowler had earlier dismissed Warner in the 10th over.
Australia captain Finch wouldn’t have expected such a turn of events after winning the toss and opting to bat. While Australia didn’t make any change to their squad, New Zealand included opening batsman Henry Nicholls and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in place of opener Colin Munro and fast bowler Matt Henry.
Martin Guptill catch vs Australia:
Oh, stop booing him you idiots! Steven Smith gets snared by a stunner from Martin Guptill, and what does the civilized crowd at the Lord’s do? They boo him. (via: @hotstartweets) #AUSvNZ pic.twitter.com/HdoeVAxNFq
— Bidhi Singhal (@bidhisi) June 29, 2019
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