ABU DHABI (UAE): Reminiscing his crucial catch to dismiss Rajasthan Royals‘ Mahipal Lomror, Mumbai Indians‘ spinner Anukul Roy said that he had to dive to take the catch after realising he was far away from the ball.
Roy had come in as a substitute fielder for Suryakumar Yadav and ended up taking an amazing catch in the ninth over off Rahul Chahar‘s bowling to dismiss Lomror.
“I was just thinking about reaching the ball. As soon as I did, I realised I was still far off from taking a catch, so I had to dive for it. It was a very nice feeling that I was able to do something for the team,” Roy told Chahar in a video posted on Indian Premier League‘s official Twitter handle.
In the ninth over of Rajashthan Royals’ innings, Lomror tried to hit a big shot towards the leg-side but he got a thick outside edge and the ball went up, behind Roy at short cover. He ran back and dived to end up taking a stunning catch.
This was not the only piece of brilliance on the field as Kieron Pollard also produced a blinder to send back the well-set Jos Buttler.
In the 14th over, Buttler tried to clear the boundary at long-on, but the tall Windies all-rounder leaped in the air, stretching his hand, but the ball bounced off his palm in the first attempt. However, he was quick to catch it on the second attempt.
Talking about Pollard’s catch, Roy said: “Pollard has always been taking these brilliant catches. We are learning a lot from him. He took a one-handed blinder against the Royals. Even Ishan Kishan took a great catch against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The fielding coach has been working hard with us and the results are there for everyone to see.”
Rajasthan Royals were bundled out for 136, losing the match by 57 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Only Buttler came good with the bat for the Steve Smith-led side as he played a knock of 70 runs. Bumrah emerged as a star with the ball for Mumbai with figures of 4-20 in his four overs.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians posted 93/4, with Suryakumar Yadav playing an unbeaten knock of 79 runs from 47 balls. Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma also played useful knocks of 30 and 35 respectively.
With this win, Mumbai went to the top of the table with eight points from six games. Rajasthan slipped to the seventh position.
The Royals will next face Delhi Capitals on October 9 while Mumbai will lock horns with Delhi on October 11.