Cricket is often a game of fine margins and being a team sport sometimes it requires an individual brilliance in the field from a fielder to inspire the team. Glenn Phillips produced a similar kind of an effort during the ongoing India batting innings in the third and final T20I of the bilateral series at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
While the Indian openers had gotten off to a great start and everything was seemingly flying off their bat towards the boundary, Phillips produced a brilliant effort to save a run for his side. The fielding effort from Phillips was seen in the third ball of the 4th over which was being bowled by Lockie Ferguson.
India skipper Rohit Sharma was looking in sublime touch and had timed a flicked brilliantly as the ball seemed to be racing towards the on-side fence. However, Phillips covered quite a distance from his position at square leg and had to put in the dive. However, as the ball was still being carried to the boundary with the momentum on it, the Kiwi player gave it one desperate kick to save one run for his team.
The umpires had to confirm from the television replays that a run was saved in what was a commendable effort.
Here is the video of the incident:
As far as India's performance is concerned, the team has opted to bat first in this game after winning the first two while chasing. Moreover, they have given an opportunity to Ishan Kishan and Yuzvendra Chahal in place of KL Rahul and Ravichandran Ashwin who have a key role to play in the Two Test matches that follow.
The Indian openers Rohit and Ishan Kishan added 69 runs in the first six but then lost two wickets in the same over in the 7th over bowled by stand-in New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner. Ishan went back to the pavilion for 29 while Suryakumar Yadav departed for a duck.
After the match, the teams will fly to Kanpur for the first Test beginning on Thursday.