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Plucking Them from Thin Air – Best Catches in IPL History 

Plucking Them from Thin Air – Best Catches in IPL History 

As cliched as it seems, there is an age-old saying in cricket: Catches win matches. And it is the ultimate truth of the exciting 20 over game. In a 20 over game one usually gets to see a lot of pyrotechnics from the batsmen, hitting sixes and fours, but a single catch could change the course of the game. Fielding is a very important aspect of the game as good fielding can strangle the efforts of the opposition. IPL t20 live streaming matches tournaments have always showcased some excellent fielding and great catches in the history of the game. Here are a few of the best catches in IPL. 


Ajinkya Rahane & Johan Botha (Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors,2012) 

This catch is an example of an unbelievable team play between two players. Rahul Sharma was batting o the crease and lofted the ball to long-off. The ball ended up in the hands of Rahane who was over the boundary rope in mid-air. But Rahane showed spectacular presence of mind and threw the ball to Botha who was standing at a distance of 3-4 meters from him. 


Ab de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils, 2010) 

De Villiers is one of the best fielders out there. Praveen Kumar skied the ball towards the boundary, de Villiers saw it and came a little too forward because he misjudged the ball. But he was quick to make up for the misjudgment as he spectacularly dived backwards towards the boundary and took the catch leaving the batsmen astonished.  


David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils, 2010) 

Hussey was standing in the long-on area when Paul Collingwood smashed a ball for the boundary. Hussey tried to stop the ball mid-air just managed to touch the ball the first time. With his second touch, he palmed the ball which had already crossed the boundary in the air back into the field. He finally dived forward and completed the awesome catch. 


Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2014) 

De Villiers was single-handedly taking RCB for a win Against KKR when he skied a ball in the last over. As the saying goes ‘catches can win matches’, Chris Lynn took a brilliant catch while standing next to the boundary to set a fine example for the saying. Initially, he slipped but recovered well to take one of the most spectacular catches in the history of IPL. 


Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, 2014) 

Kevon Cooper on the crease sent a ball towards long-on where Pollard was standing. He first jumped high in the air to catch the ball but lost balance. He threw the ball back into the field only to turn in time and complete the catch in vintage Jonty Rhodes style. This catch made it to the list as it equates to two magnificent catches. 


Ricky Ponting (Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils, 2013) 

Ricky Ponting, the former Australian captain, at 40 yrs old caught a magnificent catch on the very first ball of the innings. Umkut Chand was forced to play a shot to the leg side, the ball seemed to be landing safely when Ponting jumped out of nowhere to pluck a one-handed catch after nearly slipping. 


Tim Southee and Karun Nair (Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab,2015) 

Another fine example of teamwork was seen when Southee and Nair took a brilliant catch. George Bailey dispatched a length ball towards the long-on boundary, Southee stuck his hand out to catch it. But he landed beyond the fence, before which he tossed the ball back in the air before his foot touched the other side of the boundary. Nair who was alert ensured the tag team was on completed the catch easily. 


Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians,2015) 

Faf du Plessis is an exceptional fielder for his team and has a few good catches to his name. In this particular game, Mumbai’s score was 6/1 with Corey Anderson on the crease. A length delivery was bowled by Ashish Nehra which was top-edged straight down the ground. Du Plessis who was at mid-off first ran sideways and then a bit backwards before leaping back to take the catch

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