T10 League: Wanindu Hasaranga's jaw-dropping effort near boundary ropes stops certain-looking six

Wanindu Hasaranga also took three wickets in the game.

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Wanindu Hasaranga. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Wanindu Hasaranga just can’t do anything wrong nowadays. The Sri Lankan all-rounder has become a hot property in the cricket world thanks to his blitzes over the 22 yards. While the wily leg-spinner has bamboozled the best of batters, his ability to play crucial knocks makes him an even greater asset. Besides these two skills, however, Hasaranga is also a phenomenal fielder.

That was evident in his jaw-dropping effort during the recently-concluded Abu Dhabi T10 League match between The Chennai Braves and Deccan Gladiators. The Braves accumulated 20 runs in the first two overs while batting first. Opener Mohammad Shahzad seemed all set to add six more runs to the side’s tally. However, Hasaranga’s sensational fielding display near the boundary line stopped the ball from crossing the ropes.

Wanindu Hasaranga showcases remarkable fielding display 

It was the first ball of the third over and David Wiese was operating with the ball. Shahzad, who was batting at 2, picked up the slower delivery and launched it towards the mid-wicket boundary rope. Six runs were written all over the shot. However, Hasaranga had other plans. The fielder timed his jump to perfection to catch the ball, which was way over his side.

His presence of mind should also be lauded as he released the ball while being in mid-air, knowing he would land over the boundary ropes. Interestingly, Shahzad and his batting partner Angelo Perera didn’t even bother running as the duo thought the six is inevitable. Hence, they could take only one run after Hasaranga made the safe.

Meanwhile, Hasaranga also made a significant mark with the ball in the contest. The leg-spinner delivered an inspiring spell and ripped apart Braves’ batting line-up. The 24-year-old overall took three wickets in two overs and conceded mere nine. Thanks to his brilliant effort, the Braves got skittled out for just 57 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Gladiators’ chase wasn’t really smooth as they also lost wickets at regular intervals. However, effective cameos from David Wiese and Tom Banton meant the Gladiators crossed the line in 6 overs, winning the contest by five wickets. Unsurprisingly, Wanindu Hasaranga received the Player-of-the-Match award.

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