Cricketers have always set high standards for themselves, especially when it comes to fielding in IPL. In an era where teams are looking to score runs at the rate of knots, fielders are indeed making a big difference by saving runs for the team.
Be it one or two runs, it would certainly make a difference in the end. How often have we seen teams winning the games by a run? Thanks to fielders for making their presence count on the pitch. Besides their commitment towards saving runs, they are also great in terms of taking sharp catches.
The Indian Premier League has witnessed players taking spectacular catches. The 37th game of the IPL 2021 between Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad took place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
The game saw substitute fielder Jagadeesha Suchith making a difference on the field. He took a sensational catch to get rid of PBKS middle-order batsman Deepak Hooda.
Jagadeesha Suchith takes a stunning catch to dismiss Deepak Hooda
The incident happened during the fourth ball of the 16th over when Deepak Hooda was looking to smash a boundary off Jason Holder’s bowling. As it happened, Hooda smashed the ball with brute force only to get caught by substitute fielder Jagadeesha Suchith in his safe pair of hands.
Deepak Hooda made his way back to the dugout after scoring 13 off 10 balls (1 four). Punjab Kings batsmen lacked the teeth to score runs. They ended up posting 125/7 in their quota of 20 overs. Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers for Sunrisers Hyderabad as he took three wickets to his name.
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In reply to PBKS mediocre target, Sunrisers messed up the run-chase. They could have easily chased down the target had they approached the game with a game plan. SRH lost the game by 5 runs. While all others failed to score, Jason Holder top-scored with 47 off 29 balls including 5 maximums.
Holder was named the Player of the Match for his all-round performance. Unfortunately, he ended up on the losing side. “Tough loss. At the halfway mark, needing 126, you obviously back yourselves to chase it. We probably left a little too much to get at the end although I did back myself to get those,” Holder said at the post-match presentation.
“The stage where I came in, I just had to go for it and it worked. Maybe that’s why it worked. Batters probably weren’t too committal earlier on. Five more games left, need to build some momentum for next season. Fans have been really passionate, we need to keep going for them,” he added.