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Champions Trophy 2017: Dropped Catches That Turned Matches

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 14, 2017, 12:39 PM IST
Champions Trophy 2017: Dropped Catches That Turned Matches

Pandya reacts after the dropped chance (Getty Images)

New Delhi: Some 18 years back former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs had dropped the then Australian skipper Steve Waugh in a 1999 World Cup game. He was batting on 56, when he hit a loose shot straight to Gibbs at mid-wicket, who started celebrating pre-maturely, and dropped the catch.

At that moment, Waugh is supposed to have said to him that "How Does it Feel to Drop the World Cup?"

The ongoing Champions Trophy too has seen some dropped catches which has turned matches, CricketNext takes a look at a few:

India vs Pakistan: Hasan Ali

They seldom say ‘catches win matches’ and when you drop them it can prove to be costly. In the high-voltage encounter the Indians needed some quick runs when Yuvraj Singh came into bat. The left-hander decided to break free and take on the opposition bowling attack.

But as it seldom happens with batsmen who have just walked into bat, Yuvraj mistimed a delivery from legspinner Shadab Khan which went high up in the air. Hasan Ali at long off, rushed in to take the catch but then let it slip through his hands.

Yuvraj was on just 7 then but he went on to slam a whirlwind fifty which help India get to a massive total of 319 runs. Pakistan eventually lost the game by a margin of 124 runs via Duckworth Lewis.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Thisara Perera

Chasing Sri Lanka’s modest total of 236, Pakistan were down and struggling at 193/7. A wicket could have given Sri Lanka the upper hand in the must-win game. They got quite close to it also, as Lasith Malinga outfoxed Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed with a brilliantly disguised slower ball.

Ahmed (38) only managed to scoop it till mid on where Thisara Perera was stationed. The veteran allrounder instead of grabbing it easily spilled it.
Sarfraz went onto score an unbeaten 61 and took his side home with three wickets to spare to qualify for the semis.

India vs Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya

Now the young allrounder is a brilliant fieldsman otherwise. He is lean, athletic and is one of the fittest players in the Indian outfit. He has also taken many catches in crucial junctures of games. But it wasn’t to be against Sri Lanka.

Chasing India’s total of 321, Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis were knitting a wonderful partnership when Kohli gave Pandya a go with the leather.
Mendis at 24 then hit one straight back to the man from Baroda but he failed to latch on to it in his follow through.

The Sri Lankan went onto get a crucial 89 for his team as they chased down the total with seven wickets to spare.

Australia vs England: Mathew Wade

It was a must win game for Australia but they could only get 273 on the scoreboard batting first. However, they came out all guns blazing with the ball as they sent back the England top-order for just 35 runs.

One more wicket could have ended England’s hopes of going through the Group stage unbeaten but then Wade dropped Eoin Morgan behind the stumps.
It was a Hazlewood delivery which Morgan tried to pull and only managed to glove it till Wade, the wicket-keeper put the dive in but failed to glove the ball.
Morgan (87) then collaborated with all rounder Ben Stokes (102*) to earn his side a comprehensive win.

Sri Lanka vs South Africa: Lasith Malinga

South Africa had just lost their opener Quinton De Kock. And Du Plessis was batting on 2 when he hit a Nuwan Pradeep delivery straight to Lasith Malinga at the boundary ropes. The curly haired veteran looked like he was taken by surprise and grassed an easy catch.

Du Plessis wen onto score 75 and helped his side get to ta total of 299. In reply Sri Lanka only managed 203.

First Published: June 14, 2017, 12:39 PM IST

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