Although SunRisers Hyderabad lost out to Mumbai Indians by 34 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday (October 4), Manish Pandey’s diving effort to dismiss Ishan Kishan has caught the eye of the fans.
Pandey, known as one of the best fielders in the country, fully justified this lofty tag with his acrobatic effort in the deep. The effort came in the 15th over of the Mumbai Indians innings. Ishan Kishan, batting at 31, hit a slow ball off Sandeep Sharma straight of long-on and Pandey, fielding at long-on, covered a lot of ground to reach the ball and then plunged in the air to complete a sensational diving catch.
Although his effort ultimately went in vain, fans left no stone unturned in their appreciation for the 31-year-old cricketer:
What a catch by Manish Pandey pic.twitter.com/pXBsWduSuq
— (@115_Adelaide) October 4, 2020
ICYMI – Catch marvel: SuperMan-ish
He saw, he flew, he caught – Take a bow @im_manishpandey. That was a stunning catch. Right on the list of best so far in the tournament.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 4, 2020
Is that a bird? Is that a plane? No! Its Manish Pandey!! What a beautiful catch!
— Shivam Shukla (@ShubhmanShivam) October 4, 2020
Pandey, up until that point, was having a dismal day in the field by his lofty standards. He had dropped Quinton de Kock early on in the innings and the South African went on to score a terrific 67 (off 39 balls; 4×4, 6×4). Just two balls before taking this superb catch, he had misfielded one at long-on which went for four. Pandey, thus made amends with this astonishing effort.
Mumbai Indians victory was a cumulative result of a disciplined bowling and some brilliant batting early-on. De Kock and the late fireworks from Krunal Pandya (20 off 4 balls; 4×2, 6×2) powered Mumbai to a handsome total of 208/5.
Chasing a mammoth 209, skipper David Warner (60 off 44 balls) fought a lone battle for SRH as wickets kept tumbling at the other end and they ultimately fell short by 34 runs.
SunRisers Hyderabad will lock horns with Kings KI Punjab in their next encounter on October 8.