Mitchell Santner amazes everyone: the New Zealand all-rounder made his presence felt on the pitch at the Hagley Oval.
On the inaugural T20I of the ongoing Australian tour of New Zealand in Christchurch, New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner put on a formidable fielding effort to send his Australian counterpart Mitchell Marsh back.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the 13th when Marsh’s attempt to cut New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson led to his dismissal. In what was a short and wide delivery, Marsh saw it as a valid opportunity to score runs.
That said, the right batsman failed to clear Santner at the back point. With Marsh timing the ball well, Santner had little time to move and complete the catch, but his quick reflexes helped him in an incredible and all over the Hagley Oval.
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Marsh, who was surprisingly sent past Glenn Maxwell (1) and Marcus Stoinis (8) in 4th in second, the best score for Australia with his 45 (33) comprising five fours and two sixes.
Chasing a dominant 185-point target, the Australian innings never really started as they were eventually regrouped for 131 in 17.3 overs. With bowling numbers of 4-0-28-4, New Zealand player Ish Sodhi recorded career-best numbers to be his team’s bowlers choice. Aside from Sodhi, Tim Southee and Trent Boult’s new pair of balls returned two batsmen apiece.
After Australian captain Aaron Finch (1) won the draw and invited the hosts to bat, New Zealand scored 184/5 in 20 overs on the back of Devon Conway, scoring a best 99 * (59) in career with the help of 10 four. and three six.
Mitchell Santner surprises everyone with huge take in first T20I
He can hit limits in death overs, he can open the bowling alley, he can stop races, he can take wickets, and he can steal and stop races by snatching the ball. This is Mitchell Santner. pic.twitter.com/P8GMhcnMeb
– Kane Army DSZ (@ DeepTakkar3) February 22, 2021
Please give this counter to Santner. Jamieson still doesn’t have an ATM
– BALAJI (@deep_extracover) February 22, 2021
Fantastic take from Santner
– Harsh Deshwal (@IamHarshDeshwal) February 22, 2021
– ALLUSAI 🅰️🅰️⚡ (@Sai_raina__) February 22, 2021
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