NZ vs BAN 3rd ODI: Trent Boult catch- On a bad day at the office for Bangladesh in all the departments, New Zealand made merry in the 3rd ODI at the Basin Reserve on Friday. While the twin century from Devon Conway and Deryl Mitchell was the icing on the cake, it was Trent Boult’s superhuman catch that went viral on Twitter. Even the International Cricket Council (ICC) took notice.
It was in the seventh over of Bangladesh’s tough chase of 319-target when Liton Das’ shot at the third man off a Matt Henry delivery was caught by Trent Boult. After he ran to his left, he had to make a full-length dive to reach the ball. The white ball somehow stuck between his fingers and palm and his one-handed catch left Bangladesh rattling at 26/3. Realising what he had done, Boult took time out to celebrate the catch, posing with the ball.
Hold the pose, @trent_boult 🕺
— ICC (@ICC) March 26, 2021
ICC shared the clip of the catch with a caption, “ridiculously good” while others lauded the super-human effort. But it was not Boult’s only catch of the match. He took another catch to send Soumya Sarkar to the pavilion.
However, it is not the first time that Boult has taken a one-handed catch. The New Zealand quick has done it in international matches across various formats and also in the IPL.
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Flying one-handed Trent Boult – one of the finest fielders in this generation. pic.twitter.com/BdPtookSjF
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 26, 2021
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) March 26, 2021
As for Bangladesh, it was a disappointing performance in all the departments. Not only their frontline pacers including Mustafizur Rahman were expensive, but they were also poor in fielding, dropping three catches including two of Conway. It helped Conway and Mitchell to set a record 159-run fifth-wicket stand as New Zealand posted a mammoth 318-run total in 50 overs.
“There was obviously a bit of running there and I was blowing a bit. It was nice to get the job done and Conway batted awesomely to get a score for us. For me it was just about being positive, trying to pick your moments to put pressure on them and try to get a bit of luck along the way,” Mitchell said.
Bangladeshi batsmen crumble under the pressure of chasing a tough target. Within the first seven overs, they lost 3 wickets and the trend continued throughout the innings. Matt Henry was the most successful bowler for New Zealand with four wickets while Jimmy Neesham scalped three wickets. New Zealand won the match by a huge 164-run margin to clean sweep the series 3-0.