Sanju Samson’s courageous effort: The Indian opening batsman was exceptional on the field at the Bay Oval today.
During the fifth T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand in Mount Maunganui, India opening batsman Sanju Samson put on display an exceptional fielding effort to save four runs for his team.
It all happened on the last delivery of the eighth over when veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor hit a length delivery from Shardul Thakur towards the mid-wicket region.
Having timed the ball with perfection, it looked set to go for a six before Samson leaped in the air to grab the ball with both his hands. Standing right next to the boundary rope, Samson had no option than no throw the ball back into the playing area.
It is worth mentioning that him having the presence of mind to throw the ball back speaks highly about the effort. What is further worth mentioning is Samson remaining calm before throwing a ball to stand-in captain Lokesh Rahul to dismiss New Zealand batsman Tom Bruce (0) in the third over.
Coming on the back of scoring 8 and 2 in two innings on this tour, Samson is pleasing one and all with his fielding skills.
After captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bat, India scored 163/3 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Having scored 60* (41) with the help of three fours and three sixes before retiring hurt in the 17th over, Sharma top-scored for India.
A clinical bowling effort from the hosts reduced India to 163/3 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. With bowling figures of 4-0-25-2, New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn was the pick of their bowlers.
Sanju Samson’s courageous effort
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