The big teams have begun their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign in UAE, with the first two matches of Super 12 happening on Saturday. All the batsmen had a difficult outing on challenging wickets but something that stood out was the incredible fielding display by players. It was Aiden Markram who produced a sensational effort against Australia, which was termed as ‘catch of the tournament’ by the on-air commentators.
However, it did not take much time for Markram to get some competition as left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein made a magical entry in this list. Although West Indies were outplayed by England in all departments, it did not stop the 28-year-old from giving a glimpse of his magical athleticism.
Akeal Hosein takes a flying catch in Dubai
It is often said that taking a catch off your own bowling is one of the most difficult arts in the game of cricket since there is very less reaction time. However, Akeal Hosein defied all the logic against England. As Liam Livingstone was deceived with the ball spinning away from him, he edged the ball which went towards the left of the bowler.
The ball looked way beyond the reach of Akeal Hosein but the left-arm spinner flew in the air and dived towards his left to pluck one of the best-ever ‘caught and bowled’ ever seen on cricket field. Although it was a tricky decision, the third umpire checked various angles in the replays and concluded that Akeal’s fingers were underneath the ball and the catch was eventually termed as a legal one.
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England beat West Indies by 6 wickets
Chasing a paltry total of 56 runs against West Indies, England reached home with 6 wickets in hand and 70 balls to spare. Jos Buttler scored 24* off 22 to help the side start their T20 World Cup campaign with a win. Notably, Adil Rashid’s 4/2, Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills’ identical figures of 2/17 played a crucial role in bowling West Indies out for mere 55 runs. Meanwhile Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan took a wicket apiece. Although England went on to win the match, Akeal Hosein also impressed everyone as he ended with figures of 2/24 in 4 overs.