In a thrilling encounter during the third One Day International (ODI) match of the ongoing series between South Africa and Australia, Sean Abbott‘s remarkable catch left the cricketing world in awe. This catch, during the 47th over, was undoubtedly the highlight of the match and showcased Abbott’s superhuman athleticism. Notably, the hosts, after posting a challenging total of 338/6, secured a crucial victory, keeping their series hopes alive.
The Proteas, trailing 2-0 in the series, were determined to bounce back. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, they got off to a flying start with openers Quinton de Kock and skipper Temba Bavuma forming a dominant partnership of 146 runs. De Kock scored 82 off 77 balls, while Bavuma added 57 runs off 62 deliveries.
Abbott steals the limelight with superman-Esque effort
Aiden Markram then took charge and played a blazing innings, remaining unbeaten at 102 from 74 balls. His brilliant century included nine fours and four maximums. Marco Jansen played a valuable cameo, smashing 32 off just 16 balls, with four boundaries and a six. Jansen was looking set to take South Africa to a formidable total, but it was Sean Abbott’s sensational catch that stole the limelight.
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During the 47th over, Jansen attempted to launch a wide off-stump yorker over the covers. The ball seemed destined for the boundary until Abbott, stationed at sweeper cover, made an astonishing effort. Abbott dove to his left, extending his left hand to pluck the ball out of thin air. His athleticism was on full display as he maintained balance while sliding on the ground. Jansen, in disbelief, had his hand on his head as he departed.
Here is the video:
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Disciplined bowling keeps Australian batters under check
In the chase, the Australian innings started strongly, with David Warner leading the way. Warner continued his excellent form, scoring 78 from just 56 balls, which included 10 fours and three sixes. However, the rest of the Aussie batting lineup struggled against South Africa’s quality bowling attack and were eventually bowled out for 227 in 34.3 overs.
Gerald Coetzee was the star with the ball for South Africa, claiming a four-wicket haul for 50 runs in 6.3 overs. Tabraiz Shamsi (2/29) and Keshav Maharaj (2/37) also chipped in with crucial wickets. With this win, South Africa have managed to stay alive in the series, trailing 2-1, and will look to build on this momentum in the upcoming matches.
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