South Africa’s young prodigy Tristan Stubbs has once again grabbed the headlines. In the third and final T20I against England, he took a brilliant catch. The incident happened in the second innings when the hosts were batting. The Jos Buttler-led was had scored 59/3 in 9.5 overs with Aiden Markram bowling and Moeen Ali on strike. The latter moved towards the leg-side and the bowler followed him in the same direction.
The left-hander tried to flick the ball towards the on-side possibly for a single. However, the ball took the outside half of the bat. It initially looked like no one will catch the ball as there was no fielder between mid-off and overs. However, out of nowhere, Stubbs dived and pluck the ball in the air. The video has gone viral as it has been viewed by more than 400,000 people and has gotten 8000 likes and counting.
Watch the video here
One of the best catches you'll ever see ?
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 31, 2022
Talking about the game, both teams entered The Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton with the series hanging on 1-1. The Three Lions won the toss and elected to field first. Even though they lost Quinton de Kock (0) in the first over, they managed to get 191/5. Players such as Reeza Hendricks (70), Rilee Rossouw (31), Markram (51*), and David Miller (22*) contributed to the cause.
Talking about the Jos Buttler-led side’s bowling, David Willey took three while Ali took one. Chris Jordan also took a wicket but proved costly among other bowlers. In reply, the home team was never in the game as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Tabraiz Shamsi took a five-wicket haul while his spin bowling partner took two. Other bowlers such as Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, and Markram took one each.
With this, the Proteas have won the series 2-1 and will now play two T20Is against Ireland in Bristol. The matches will be played on August 3 and 5. After this, South Africa’s tour of England will conclude with three-match Test series later this month.