New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult has a happy knack of pulling some of the greatest catches ever witnessed on a cricket field. It was one such occasion when he pulled off a one-handed stunner to get Bangladesh batsman Liton Das out during the 3rd ODI between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Opting to bat first, New Zealand got off to a steady start on this greenish pitch, but they lost 3 wickets for 14 runs suddenly as the game shifted towards the visitors. But Devon Conway stitched a decent 63-run stand with skipper Tom Latham and then he combined with Daryl Mitchell to record the highest ever partnership in ODIs at Basin Reserve. Conway walked off to a standing ovation for his maiden hundred and then Mitchell too got his first ton in dramatic fashion in the last over to post 318 runs on the board at the end of the 50 overs.
Chasing a mammoth total, Bangladesh got off to the worst start possible losing Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar early to reel at 18 for two in just 4.3 overs. Liton Das, who opened the innings alongside Tamim looked to set the records straight hitting three boundaries but had to pay the price for being too aggressive. Trent Boult pulled off one of the greatest catches you will ever see to send Das packing.
It was a short of a length delivery outside off from Matt Henry, shaping away a touch from Liton Das who tried to pull but sends a top-edge behind. Trent Boult ran to his left, dived full length while sticking his left hand out, and pulled it off one-handed. Henry can’t even believe his eyes as Trent Boult bolts across for a beauty.
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Bangladesh never looked on course in the run chase losing wickets at regular intervals. Mahmudullah tried to take the game deep with a 50+ knock but lacked support from the other end as except Mushfiqur Rahim no one managed to cross the single-digit mark. Matt Henry and James Neesham accounted for four and three wickets each respectively.
Neesham added another two wickets to his name to bowl out Bangladesh for 154 runs; thus, winning the match by a handsome margin of 164 runs.