One of greatest catches in cricket history? Sean Abbott takes flying grab to Marco Jansen's shock - WATCH
South Africa rallied for a 111-run victory in the third one-day international (ODI) in the five-match series against Australia on Tuesday, September 12, in Potchefstroom, after losing badly in the opening two games.
Before Gerald Coetzee and Tabraiz Shamsi's spells reduced the Australians to 227 runs, Aiden Markam shone at the bat, scoring an undefeated century as the Proteas plundered 338 runs.
In the end, the home team won easily, but Australian all-rounder Sean Abbott stole the show when he clung onto what was likely one of the greatest catches in cricket history.
After smashing a six and a few fours in the opening three deliveries of the South African innings, Marco Jansen was going for the kill against Nathan Ellis in the 47th over of the innings when the event occurred. The fourth delivery was thrown wide and full by Ellis, but Jansen was able to hit it over the covers.
Jansen seems to have timed it perfectly before Sean Abbott smothered it. Being mindful of the boundary rope behind him, Abbott gained significant height to be the first person to reach the ball and successfully caught it with one hand.
The pundits went crazy on TV when they saw what had transpired as he dove full length while holding the ball in his hand and stood up nonchalantly as if nothing had happened.
Jansen, the batter, said it all with his reaction. Abbott had his hand on his head as Australia rejoiced and dominated Abbott thanks to Jansen's spectacular 32 off just 16 deliveries, which was a massive wicket.
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Despite a strong start from Quinton de Kock and captain Temba Bavuma, the Proteas lost their way in the middle of the innings until Jansen's performance provided a much-needed boost.
Australia, trailing 339 runs, was off to a brilliant start thanks to the bold approach of Travis Head and David Warner, who combined to score 79 runs in 7.5 overs before the former was removed.
Mitchell Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne, both taken out by Shamsi, gave South Africa a commanding lead. Warner was then run out as the target became too steep for the lower order to pursue. Australia, who lead the series 2-1, will try to win it all in the fourth game on Friday, September 15, in Centurion.