Mackenzie Harvey stunned the entire BBL universe on Friday as he leapt sideways at full stretch to register one of the most iconic dismissals of the season. Placed at the point during Mitchell Perry's bowling, Harvey leapt right at the ball hit-hard by Alex Hales to pluck the ball out of mid-air. The sensational catch which led to the dismissal of in-form Alex Hales left the bowler as well as the batsman himself shell-shocked.
The terrific catch by Harvey helped the Melbourne Renegades dismiss Alex Hales who seemed feisty scoring 45 off just 19 balls and also put a brief stop on the scoring rate of Syndey Thunders. Here's how netizens reacted to the catch:
Wow, that's a stunner ⚡💥— Blade_Runnerz (@Outsider_00_) January 1, 2021
Same catch like surya kumar yadav in ipl 2020— Reejan🇳🇵 (@reejanbhatta) January 1, 2021
High quality cricket from this tournament as usual.— Red Fool (@red_fool) January 1, 2021
Is Ravi Jadeja playing? 🤔— Adamrucci (@Adamrucci1) January 1, 2021
Despite Harvey's terrific effort to cut down the Thunders' scoring rate, the Renegades could not do much as they lost to Thunders by 7 runs in a rain-crashed match. Batting first, the Renegades led by Shaun Marsh were off to a thunderous start as the veteran batsman smashed 87 runs off just 48 deliveries. However, Marsh failed to notch up his century as McAndrew and Chris Green teamed up to bag his wicket. A late cameo from Mohammad Nabi saw Renegades reach 166-6 at the end of 17 overs.
With the rain playing a spoilsport, the match was reduced to 17 overs per innings and Thunders were put to bat. While Hales set the tone with blitz start, Usman Khwaja anchored the innings to get Thunders to the required target. The Australian opener remained unbeaten at 48 as the rain started pouring again, handing over the Thunders the victory by virtue of the DLS method.
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