Harleen Deol pulled off a brilliant catch in the opening T20I.© Twitter
India Women lost the opening Twenty20 International (T20I) of the three-match series against England Women by 18 runs (DLS method) on Friday night but the match witnessed a moment of magic in the field from India’s Harleen Deol. While fielding at long-off, Harleen Deol pulled off an absolute stunner on the boundary that brought to an end Amy Ellen Jones’ whirlwind knock. The video, posted by England Cricket, quickly went viral on social medial with former India batsman VVS Laxman calling Harleen Deol’s effort “as good a catch one will ever see on a cricket field”.
Stationed at the long-off boundary, the 23-year-old Indian stretched full length to grasp the ball but with the momentum taking her over the boundary ropes, she showed great presence of mind to throw the ball in the air, and then jump back into the field of play to complete the catch.
Harleen was quickly mobbed by her stunned teammates while England Women opener Danielle Wyatt too couldn’t stop herself from acknowledging the Indian’s effort.
Watch the video here:
As good a catch one will ever see on a cricket field, from Harleen Deol. Absolutely top class. https://t.co/CKmB3uZ7OH
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 10, 2021
Led by a brutal assault from Natalie Sciver (55 off 27 balls) and Jone (43 off 27 balls), England posted a formidable 177 for seven after being put into bat.
Shikha Pandey was the pick of the Indian bowlers, taking 3 for 22 off her four overs.
In reply, India lost young gun Shafali Verma on the second ball. Smriti Mandhana looked good but was dismissed for 29 off 17 balls while captain Harmanpreet Kaur was sent packing for a paltry 1.
With India on 54/3 in 8.4 overs, rain put a dampner on proceedings. The match never resumed and the hosts took the honours by virtue of being 18 runs ahead on the DLS method.
The second match of the series is scheduled to be held at the County Ground in Hove on Sunday.
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