Martin Guptill catch vs Pakistan: New Zealand opening batsman was seen diving forward to make a difficult catch look simple.
During the 33rd match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Pakistan at Edgbaston, New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill’s agile fielding effort saw Pakistan opening Imam-ul-Haq walking back to the pavilion after failing to convert his start into a significant total.
It all happened on the second delivery of the 11th over when Imam was found wanting against a nasty short ball from New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson. With the ball lobbing off the shoulder of Imam’s bat, it went more in the air than covering the distance.
Guptill, who was fielding at point, judged the opportunity of a potential dismissal. The 32-year old ran forward towards the ball following it with an incredible dive to catch it with both his hands.
Having opened the batting with Fakhar Zaman (9), Imam ended up scoring 19 (29) with the help of three fours. After his opening partner, Imam became the second Pakistani batsman to depart in a 238-run chase.
After New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and chose to bat, New Zealand scored 237/6 in their allotted quota of 50 overs after being reduced to 83/5 in the 27th over. All-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who came in to bat at No. 6 in the 13th over top-scored for New Zealand with 97* (112) with the help of five fours and three sixes. With bowling figures of 10-3-28-3, Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi was the pick of their bowlers.
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How Twitter reacted:
— The Dreamer ❤️🇳🇵 (@CzanB) June 26, 2019
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 26, 2019
Bird? Plane? No, it’s Martin Guptill who runs in and takes an excellent diving catch to send back Imam-ul-Haq. Terrific bouncer from Lockie Ferguson and New Zealand pick up their second,
— The Field (@thefield_in) June 26, 2019
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