MASAKADZA’S FUMBLE A DEFINING MOMENT

IT was the moment of the match - the catch that Wellington Masakadza should have routinely taken but dropped and, in the process, gave a new lease of life to a record-breaking innings from Abishek Sharma. The post MASAKADZA’S FUMBLE A DEFINING MOMENT appeared first on H-Metro.

MASAKADZA’S FUMBLE A DEFINING MOMENT

Robson Sharuko

Editor

IT was the moment of the match the catch that Wellington Masakadza should have routinely taken but dropped and, in the process, gave a new lease of life to a record-breaking innings from Abishek Sharma.

The left-handed Indian batter was only on 27 when Masakadza dropped him at Harare Sports Club in the second T20I on Sunday.

Abishek would go on to punish the Chevrons with his debut T20I century in which he struck eight sixes and seven fours in a run fest which choked the hosts into surrender.

He eventually fell for 100, to Masakadza of course, but the blitzkrieg had already done the damage and Zimbabwe would fall by 100 runs, matching their worst defeat in this format, which was against Australia.

Abishek had fallen to a four-ball duck in the first game, at the same venue, on Saturday as India crashed to a shock defeat.

But, he was irresistible on Sunday, thanks of course to the chances he was given by the Chevrons, and his century came off 47 balls.

He moved from scoring 41 runs off 30 to getting 100 off 47 balls.

When Masakadza dropped him on 27, it appeared to suck the life out of the Chevrons.

“After that (drop) I thought it was my day,” he said at the post-match presentation. “(I felt) I should take a bit of responsibility”.

When Masakadza dropped that crucial catch, the television cameras turned to his captain Sikandar Raza who had also raced to try and claim the same catch.

Raza, like a true captain, chose to console his teammate even though he knew this was a game-changing moment.

“The world champions will eventually play like world champions,” said Raza.

“Dropping catches certainly hurt us today, I expected 200 on this wicket today but they got 30 runs more.

“Coming into the chase, I thought it would be a close game but it wasn’t to be, the top order didn’t fire.”

The Chevrons dropped four catches on Sunday.

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