The T20 format has completely revolutionised cricket making players invent new shots and bowling new deliveries. But the one aspect of the game that has seen massive change ever since the new format announced its arrival is fielding. T20 cricket has gifted the cricketing world with some agile fielders who never fail to grab the attention of the crowd through their acrobatic efforts.
The first day of the Super 12 stage in the 20-20 World Cup also saw some stunning catches in the field as Glenn Phillips and Liam Livingstone lit up the tournament. The first man to hog the limelight in the day was New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips.
With Australia in all sorts of trouble at 50/3 chasing a massive 201-run target, Marcus Stoinis tried to go over extra cover but mistimed the shot. Glenn Philips came running in from sweeper cover to deep extra cover and dived to his full stretch to complete an unbelievable catch. Seeing the incredible effort, commentator Simon Doull blurted out, “You’ve got to be kidding me, Glenn Phillips.’
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— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 22, 2022
The second star of the day was Liam Livingstone who once again put his stupendous catching ability on display in the match against Afghanistan. The incident took place in the sixth over of the first innings bowled by Ben Stokes. Hazratullah Zazai smashed a short and wide delivery from Stokes towards deep point. Livingstone who was stationed on the boundary came running towards the ball and spread his arms wide to catch the moving ball.
With his effort, Livingstone became the second player of the day to hold on to a blinder.
— Imran Munawar (@Imran_Munawar99) October 22, 2022
The first day of the Super 12 stage was action-packed as New Zealand beat the hosts and defending champions Australia by a massive 89-run margin in their opening match. The Aussies were skittled for just 111 in reply to New Zealand’s massive total of 200. Devon Conway was awarded ‘Player of the Match’ for his brilliant knock of 92 off 58 balls.
In the second match, England bundled out Afghanistan for just 112 courtesy of a five-wicket haul by Sam Curran. Curran finished the innings with figures of 5/10 in 3.4 overs which is also the best bowling figures by an England bowler in T20 internationals. He also became the first England bowler to pick a five-wicket haul in the format.