Pakistan’s Shadab Khan has pulled off a spectacular one-handed catch to dismiss Australian batsman Alex Carey in the T20 tri-series.
The Australians were pushing for late innings runs in the 17th over when the leg-spinner took flight and dived wide from mid-off to make the catch.
Khan’s pearler boosted the morale of the Pakistani team, who had suffered a series of fielding blunders prior to Carey’s dismissal – and social media went nuts.
What a catch from Shadab Khan! One handed and low to the ground. That had 4 written all over it. #PAKvAUS
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) July 8, 2018
— Shoaib Malik Ⓜ️ (@ShoaibMalik702) July 8, 2018
Shadab Khan with an unbelieveable catch .. brlliantly done 🔥🔥
— ViQi (@iamViQiii) July 8, 2018
Australia’s climb up the Twenty20 rankings has been halted by a red-hot Pakistan, losing their tri-series final in Zimbabwe by six wickets.
Aaron Finch’s team posted a competitive total of 8-183 at Harare Sports Club and looked to be on track for a memorable victory by taking two wickets in the first over.
But the surprise success of opening the bowling with Glenn Maxwell’s off-spin didn’t last as Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman blasted a sublime 91 from 46 balls.
Zaman combined with veteran Shoaib Malik (43 not out) for a fourth-wicket partnership of 107 as Pakistan passed Australia’s total with four balls to spare – their highest successful run-chase in T20Is.
The pair punished the bowling of Ashton Agar and Jack Wildermuth with 16 runs each in consecutive overs midway through the innings to set Pakistan on their way to victory.
But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Pakistan as debutant Sahibzada Farhan was stumped off a wide in his first ball in international cricket.
Earlier, recalled opening batsman D’Arcy Short responded from being dropped for the final group game by hitting 76 from 53 balls to boost Australia’s innings.
Short put on 95 for the first wicket with Finch (47 from 27 balls) despite him struggling for momentum early in his innings.
But when the pair were dismissed, Australia’s momentum nosedived as they managed just 6-46 from their last five overs.
Pakistan didn’t help themselves with some sloppy fielding, which included dropping Finch on the first ball he faced.
Mohammad Amir was Pakistan’s best bowler with a haul of 3-33, including two wickets in the final over, to ensure Australia didn’t get to 200.