BBL 2018-19: Brendon McCullum’s breathtaking diving attempt near the boundary rope
Despite the ball beyond his reach, McCullum managed to catch the ball before it popped out of his hand.
Updated - Jan 6, 2019 9:19 am
If age is just a number then there is absolutely little denying that Brendon McCullum is one of the few stars in the game right now who prove it right. The former New Zealand skipper nearly pulled off an absolute one-handed blinder on Saturday while playing for Brisbane Heat against Perth Scorchers in the ongoing Big Bash League. The 37-year old nearly had everyone gasping for breath with his acrobatic stunt on the outfield.
Mitchell Marsh must have had his heart in his mouth when he hit a Josh Lalor delivery in the fourteenth over towards the long-off. At first, it looked like the ball would go past McCullum stationed at long-off. However, the New Zealand superstar was not ready to see the ball sail over him as he made an eye-popping dive towards his left side. Despite the ball beyond his reach, McCullum managed to catch the ball before it popped out of his hand.
Here is a clip of that stunner
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Earlier in the game, he had taken a stunning catch to send back Cameron Bancroft. The opening batsman had miscued one towards long on and McCullum took a gem of a catch by diving forward.
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Heat end their winless run
Meanwhile, Brisbane Heat beat Perth Scorchers by five wickets to finally open their account this season after losing their opening three games. Batting first, Scorchers could only score 135 for 6 in the allotted 20 overs. Teenage spin sensation Mujeeb Ur Rahman starred with the ball, picking up 2 for just 10 off his four overs. Ben Cutting also picked up two but ended up conceding 41 runs. For the Scorchers, Ashton Turner was the top-scorer with 47.
In reply, Heat chased down the total with ten balls to spare and five wickets in hand. Skipper Chris Lynn’s 33-run knock set the tone for the chase before Cutting took his side home with a quickfire 26.