IPL 2021: Spectator takes brilliant catch in stands as Prithvi Shaw unleashes a big hit

IPL 2021: Spectator takes brilliant catch in stands as Prithvi Shaw unleashes a big hit

Prithvi Shaw scored 60 off 34 deliveries against CSK in Qualifier 1.

A spectator catches the ball
A spectator catches the ball. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Prithvi Shaw was on a roll against Chennai Super Kings during Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The dashing opener went after the bowlers from the outset and scored runs all over the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. From Josh Hazlewood to Deepak Chahar, Shaw spared none and scored a blistering half-century. Overall, he scored 60 off 34 balls before falling prey to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

While Shaw smashed as many as four sixes during the course of his stunning knock, his hit off Shardul Thakur became the talking point due to a different reason. It was the first delivery of the fifth over and Shardul was starting his spell. He went for a length ball outside the off-stump and Shaw’s eyes lit up. The opener unleashed a big hit and the ball went over the deep mid-wicket boundary.

While the ball was away from any of the fielder’s reach, a spectator in the stands took the catch. The fan, who was sporting a face mask amid the COVID-19 protocols, moved a bit towards his left and grabbed the via the reverse-cup technique. The fan was mighty pleased with his effort and that was evident in his celebration. The on-air commentators also lauded him.

Prithvi Shaw records the first fifty by a DC batter in the UAE leg

Meanwhile, Shaw’s half-century was the first by a Delhi Capitals batter this season. Unfortunately for DC, besides the young opener’s blitzes, there wasn’t any significant contribution from the top order. While Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer got out on single digit, Axar Patel, who was promoted at number 4, scored 10 runs.

Nevertheless, skipper Rishabh Pant joined forces with Shimron Hetmyer and the duo played some phenomenal shots all over the park. Not to forget, Chennai Super Kings had lost their last three league-stage games and defeating an in-form DC side won’t be easy for them.

Moreover, it was MS Dhoni’s decision to bowl in Dubai but DC would be the happier side at half-way mark. Notably, the loser of this contest will still have a chance to qualify for the final. The defeated side will meet the Eliminator in Qualifier 2. However, neither CSK nor DC would like to take that way.