If not for any other reason, T20 World Cup 2021, for sure, will be remembered for the quality of fielding that the players are showcasing in the tournament. From stopping some impossible shots to taking extraordinary catches, the players have given the fans many moments to preserve from the mega event. The fact was once again validated by a stunning grab from Chris Woakes at mid-on on Saturday during England's T20 World Cup game against Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Australia were 8/1 after losing David Warner in the second over. All-rounder Chris Jordan came to bowl the third over of the innings and Steve Smith decided to take on the bowler to put some early pressure on him. However, Smith's move backfired as he lost his wicket in the process, courtesy a one-handed blinder from Chris Woakes at mid-on.
Jordan bowled a short ball outside off stump to Smith and the latter tried to pull that ball on the rise over mid-on for a boundary. The ball bounced more than Smith's expectation and flew towards the mid-on region taking the edge of his willow. For a moment it seemed that the ball might go over the head of Chris Woakes who was standing way short inside the 30-yard circle but to everyone's surprise he beautifully ran towards his back and timed his jump to perfection to take a stunning catch. Woakes grabbed the ball one-handed while flying on air before falling on to the ground.
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Horrible start for Australia in match against England
While that of Steve Smith's wicket saw Australia getting reduced to 8/2, the situation became further worse when the side lost Glenn Maxwell (6) in the very next over after the all-rounder got foxed by Woakes. The powerplay ended with Australia scoring 21/3. Before the side could have come out of hot water, Adil Rashid dismissed Marcus Stoinis (0) in the following over to pile on the misery for the Australians. At the time of writing the copy, Australia had even lost their fifth wicket in the form of Matthew Wade on his individual run-a-ball 18.