The 43rd match of the ODI World Cup 2023 between England and Pakistan went underway at the legendary Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The game that held significant implications for both sides saw the English team starting off the contest with a brilliant batting performance. However, amidst the ebb and flow of the game, it was Mohammad Rizwan‘s breathtaking rebound catch that stole the spotlight and turned the tide for Pakistan.
Table of Contents
- The English onslaught
- Iftikhar Ahmed dismisses Dawid Malan
- The catch by Mohammad Rizwan that defied gravity
The English onslaught
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, England started their innings decently, with Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow building a solid partnership. Malan showcased his prowess with the bat by scoring an impressive 31 runs off 39 balls and found an able support in Bairstow.
The English side almost seemed to be cruising after an opening stand of 82 until Iftikhar Ahmed intervened, swinging the momentum back in Pakistan’s favour.
Iftikhar Ahmed dismisses Dawid Malan
As the English innings progressed, Iftikhar delivered a tossed-up ball to Malan and induced him to attempt a reverse lap. The execution from the opening batter, however, was imperfect, resulting in a top-edge. The ball then rapidly went towards Rizwan behind the wickets, and he turned a potential miss into a game-changing moment with his reflexes and anticipation.
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The catch by Mohammad Rizwan that defied gravity
As the ball deflected off Rizwan’s gloves and popped out, he leapt into action and demonstrated remarkable agility as well as focus. The Pakistan cricketer tracked the ball, keeping it within his sight as it rebounded off his chest to the left. The Eden Gardens crowd collectively held its breath as Rizwan, like a cat chasing a fluttering butterfly, dived gracefully to pouch the ball safely. The stadium erupted in cheers as the replay confirmed the brilliance of Rizwan’s rebound catch.
Here’s the video:
This sensational catch by Rizwan not only dismissed the dangerous Malan but also injected a fresh dose of energy and hope into the Pakistani camp.
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