In the ongoing high-stakes ODI World Cup 2023 semi-final two clash between Australia and South Africa at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Australian skipper Pat Cummins showcased extraordinary athleticism with a stunning catch to dismiss the explosive South African opener, Quinton de Kock. Despite De Kock’s stellar form in the tournament, including four centuries, he succumbed to Cummins’ brilliance after attempting to break free from the tight bowling of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Pat Cummins’ acrobatics: A spectacular catch to dismiss Quinton de Kock

In the fourth ball of the sixth over bowled by Hazlewood, De Kock aimed to launch a length delivery straight down the ground. However, the ball soared high into the air. Cummins, positioned at mid-on, executed a flawless backpedal, kept a keen eye on the descending ball, and secured the catch above his head. Maintaining his composure, Cummins held onto the catch even as he fell to the ground, celebrating the crucial breakthrough with raised arms.

Here’s the video:

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This spectacular catch by Cummins not only marked a pivotal moment in the match but also exemplified the intensity and skill on display in this crucial World Cup encounter.

Ongoing semi-final clash and rain interruption

Speaking of the ongoing clash, South Africa’s captain, Temba Bavuma, chose to bat first. Nevertheless, Australia’s tight bowling and exceptional fielding efforts limited the Proteas to 44/4 before rain temporarily halted the game. The onus now rests on Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller to steer their team to a respectable total in the challenging conditions.

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