The ODI World Cup 2023 has been a tournament filled with excellent cricketing prowess, featuring remarkable performances. The clash between South Africa and Afghanistan at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad was another such encounter that treated fans to brilliant cricketing excellence in all batting, bowling and fielding performances. However what truly stole the show was a comical juggling catch of David Miller to dismiss Rahmat Shah.

The battle unfolds

The contest began with high expectations as Afghanistan won the toss and looked to secure a crucial win. Despite a promising start from the Afghan team, South Africa’s bowlers kept striking at regular intervals, preventing the opposition batters from settling into a rhythm.

Afghanistan’s promising start and Rahmat Shah’s resilience

Afghanistan’s innings began with a decent performance from their openers, reaching 41 runs without a loss until Keshav Maharaj came up with a much-needed breakthrough for South Africa, dismissing Rahmanullah Gurbaz. This wicket opened the floodgates, and Afghanistan’s batting order tumbled. Even though Rahmat showed resilience with a score of 26, he eventually fell victim to the comical juggling catch of Miller that became a major talking point.

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The comical fumble and juggling catch by David Miller

The entertaining moment unfolded on the fifth ball of the 23rd over when Lungi Ngidi delivered a back-of-length wide ball to Rahmat, and he pushed at it, sending the ball airborne towards backward point. What happened next was a display of sheer cricketing theatrics as Miller fumbled and turned into a juggler extraordinaire.

The ball popped in and out of Miller’s hand, creating suspense in the stadium. Unfazed, the Proteas cricketer juggled the ball twice before an unexpected twist as the ball ricocheted off his own face on the third attempt. The crowd gasped, but in a stroke of luck, Miller managed to grab the ball cleanly with his left hand.

Ngidi’s relief was palpable, perhaps more so than his joy as Miller held onto the ball. Quick wickets following this comical catch put South Africa in a strong position, turning the tide of the game.

Here’s the video:

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