IPL 2024: Matheesha Pathirana's one-handed stunner leaves David Warner in disbelief

Pathirana jumped to his full height at short third man to dismiss David Warner.

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Pathirana. (Photo Source; Jio Cinema)

Sri Lanka and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana took a stunning catch to dismiss Delhi Capitals’ David Warner during Match 13 of IPL 2024 on Sunday, March 31 in Visakhapatnam. Warner had got DC off to a sensational start adding 93 runs for the first wicket off 57 balls with new opening partner Prithvi Shaw.

The southpaw had completed his half-century off just 32 balls and had set himself up for a big knock before Pathirana’s brilliance in the field led to his downfall. Batting on 52, the DC opener tried to guide Mustafizur Rahman towards the third man with a reverse scoop. However, Pathirana, who was stationed at short-third man, took a mind-boggling catch diving to his right and ended Warner’s innings. His effort left everyone stunned as fans already began calling it the ‘catch of the season’.

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Watch Matheesha Pathirana’s catch here:

After taking a stunning catch, Pathirana further did the damage with the ball with his double wicket second over. The 21-year-old made a brilliant comeback after being hit for a boundary by Mitchell Marsh on the third ball as he shattered his stumps on the very next delivery with a searing yorker bowled at 150 km/h.

Pathirana picked three wickets for CSK

The Australian all-rounder didn’t have much time to react as he was cleverly set up by 135 km/h paced deliveries bowled in the over. Two balls later, he castled Tristan Stubbs (0 off 2) with another thunderous yorker leaving DC reeling at 134/4 after 15 overs. After two quick wickets, Delhi Captain Rishabh Pant took matters into his own hands and scored his first half-century (51 off 32) since his comeback.

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He was eventually dismissed by Pathirana in the penultimate over of the innings who finished with figures of 3/31 in four overs. As a result, DC finished their innings on 191/5 in their allotted 20 overs.

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