England vs Pakistan: Junaid Khan pulls off a stunner of his own bowling to send Joe Denly packing
The timely wicket had brought Pakistan back into the match but England's batting depth helped them get over the line in the end.
Updated - May 18, 2019 12:42 pm
England gunned down yet another 300+ chase at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham in the fourth ODI against Pakistan and also sealed the series. But it wasn’t an easy task for them with the visitors bowling well and picking wickets at the regular intervals. Eventually, it was Ben Stokes who roared back into form with an unbeaten 71 and won the game for his team. Amidst the loss, there was some brilliance on the field from Junaid Khan for Pakistan who plucked a stunner off his own bowling to dismiss Joe Denly.
The incident took place in the 40th over when England needed 83 runs off 61 deliveries with Denly and Stokes in the middle. The hosts were the favourites until this point even as Junaid, the left-arm pacer, came steaming in and bowled a short ball to Denly. The batsman was deceived in pace and was into his pull shot early. The ball only hit the toe end of his bat and lobbed in the air wide of Junaid.
At the same time, Junaid Khan was still in his follow through after delivering the ball. But seeing the opportunity, he dived full length to his right to pull off a sensational catch and bring his team back in the game. The one-handed left everyone stunned as Denly had to walk back to the hut after yet another underwhelming show.
Here’s the video:
Miracle Miracle What a catch by Junaid … pic.twitter.com/g6TIYcM8E0
— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoorze) May 17, 2019
Rashid and Curran keep nerve to support Stokes
Despite all these efforts, England‘s batting depth was on the show. Adil Rashid and Tom Curran superbly supported Ben Stokes in the last 10 overs as the Brits got over the line in the last over of the match. The equation had come down to 19 off the last two overs. But Junaid Khan who brought his team back in the game conceded 16 runs which killed the contest completely.
Nevertheless, with the veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, the Men in Green had a lot of positives in the game and most importantly, they picked wickets in the middle overs as well.