Suresh Raina is known for his superb fielding skills. His athletic performance on-field has let the bowler get many a wicket on multiple occasions. The Indian cricket fans surely have missed his fielding in the past year but they rejoiced last night when Team India took on Sri Lanka for the second time in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy Tri-series. The Men in Blue made a strong comeback against the Lankans and won over them by 6 wickets to reach the top spot in the points table. Some terrific performance from players like Shardul Thakur and Manish Pandey helped India clinch the game. But Raina’s ‘supernatural’ efforts to dismiss Danushka Gunathilaka stole the entire show.
The incident happened in the 3rd over when Shardul Thakur came to the attack and delivered a short ball which Gunathilaka pulled towards the mid-wicket region. Raina, who was already stationed in that region, zapped through the air and plucked a stunning catch.
Here’s the video:
— Raina fan club (@ClubRaina) March 12, 2018
Raina might have disappointed the fans in the previous encounter against Bangladesh when he dropped a straightforward catch. However, he covered up his last goof-up with this brilliant piece of fielding.
Shardul Thakur picked 4 wickets in his spell of four overs after conceding 27 runs. After the match got delayed due to bad weather, it was reduced to 19 overs-a-side. The Lankans were made to bat first and they were restricted at a score of 152.
Team India successfully chased down the target with 9 balls remaining in the game. The duo of Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey played some superb shots and took the game home.
The Rohit Sharma-led side will now play Bangladesh on March 14.