New Zealand are playing against Afghanistan in the virtual semi-final at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It is a must-win encounter for both teams if they want to proceed to the next stage of the tournament. One of the highlights of the game was New Zealand batter Daryl Mitchell delivering an astounding fielding effort to save four runs for his team.
Daryl Mitchell gave his 100% effort on the match field as a fielder as he made heads turn with his unbelievable fielding effort. The first ball of the last over of the first innings saw James Neesham bowling a back of a length delivery aimed at the stumps. The on-strike batter Rashid Khan aimed for a big hit as he slapped a forehead pull over mid-wicket.
The ball was all set to cross the boundary line, if not for Daryl Mitchell. The opening batter dived in the air and took a one-handed catch while arching backward. However, as he was about to fall on the boundary ropes, Mitchell quickly released the ball into the field. He then composed himself and came back to throw the ball back to the keeper.
Daryl Mitchell’s terrific fielding effort leaves the fans in awe
There is no doubt that it would have been the catch of the tournament if Daryl had held back for a little longer. Meanwhile, the terrific attempt by the batter resulted in him saving four runs for his team. The video of the splendid fielding effort is going viral on social media as the fans can’t help but applaud the NZ player for his dedication to the game.
As far as the match is concerned, Afghanistan scored 124 runs while batting first in their 20 overs. Najibullah Zadran was the standout player for the Afghan team as he hammered 73 runs off just 48 balls including six boundaries and three maximums.