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Is This The Greatest Cricket Catch Ever?

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 - 12:40 PM SL Time

by Will Davies

Angelo Mathews and Mahela Jayawardene on Monday night combined to take one of the most astonishing catches ever seen on a cricket field, as Sri Lanka beat Australia to seal a 2-0 victory in their Twenty20 series.

Jayawadene won`t mind giving most of the credit for the catch to his team-mate, Mathews, who displayed great athleticism and quick thinking that, in the blink of an eye, brought the home crowd in Pallekele Stadium to its feet and left the dismissed batsman, David Warner, standing stupefied in the middle.

The Australian left-hander had slogged an Ajantha Mendis delivery to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Mathews, running backwards at full tilt, managed to maneuver himself underneath the ball to take it at full stretch. He did well just to trap the ball in his hands, given how much ground he had to cover, but his momentum was taking him over the boundary rope.

Quick as a flash, while he was airborne over the rope, Mathews hurled the ball with his right hand back into play. As Mathews stopped himself from crashing into the advertising hoardings, Jayawardene came sweeping round the outfield to catch the ball that had been lobbed a good 30 yards by his team-mate.

This moment of brilliance not only helped turn the match in Sri Lanka`s favour, it also added to the wicket tally of bowler Mendis, who ended with six for just 16 runs, a world record in international Twenty20 cricket. No bowler has ever before taken six wickets in this short format of the game.

With Warner and fellow opener Shane Watson who blasted 57 from 24 balls at the crease, Australia was coasting to Sri Lanka`s total of 157. But the visitors couldn`t recover after Warner fell to that Jayawardene catch, and Australia eventually ended eight runs short of the Sri Lankan target.

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zaharan
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Ajantha Mendis is pumped up after bowling Brad Haddin first ball, Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Pallekele, August 8, 2011
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Aaa Zaharan sir

Ostralia radio say
if Sri Lanka boyz beat Ostralia boyz 4-1

Sri Lanka go No1

Is that tru?
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Dilshan says Mathews catch was the turning point


Yes of course, Warner as we know is a powerful hitter of the cricket ball, and for sure he would done all the damage if not for Matthews' heroics.
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Is This The Greatest Cricket Catch Ever?


I would rate as the greatest ever due to the fact that, in other instances it requires only a 'special' effort but in Matthews' case other than the brilliant effort exercised it also needed immediate thinking of his next action, and all of it had to be executed in a flash.

Matthews did everything to sheer perfection.....it was high class fielding.

I will not be surprised if this catch will be featured in the coaching manuals.
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Yes SB....

Sri Lanka will have a chance to go on the top of the ICC ODI Championship table for the first time in their history if they manage to beat Australia 4-1 or better in the five-match One-day series, which begins in Pallekele on Wednesday.
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Yes,,,, this is 'one' of the greatest catch ever......can compete for top3 spot I guess...

I remember Mathews getting involved in some brilliant fielding....

Aussie 'Vogues' once did the same, but finished the catch alone as he sent the ball 'so high in air' when he was falling out of the rope, then got up and gave a good dive and finished the catch..... this was also a great catch..... a match winning catch as the batsman was BB MacCullum on fire.

Silibiris ankal,
yes, I read also in another place, 4-1 win will take us to no.1 spot..... lets pray for it, Aussie ge hulang bassanna oni.....
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if Sri Lanka boyz beat Ostralia boyz 4-1

Sri Lanka go No1

If I remember right Australia has 130 points while second placed SL has 118 points. So the outcome of the this series must have a significant effect on these points, for there to be a position shift.
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Mathews did all this in a split second for normal eye it is not clear what happened. Only a slow motion replay shows this is a clean catch.

And the cameras never covered Mahela since camera man never expected such a thing.
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Sirla
If nobodies see this catch
how how umpire gave it out

Mustma have been A Shocker De Silva umpiring
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Ankal,,,,
ampire ankals thought mustma consult 3rd ampire,,,, only that ankal give out and them Warner mustma go ...
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