SA vs ENG | Twitter and Kagiso Rabada left in disbelief after Wayne Parnell plucks stunner
Wayne Parnell made an incredible catch look easy with a seemingly-effortless grab|
Fielding can be toiling, especially under the tropical sun, but sincerity on the field holds the potential for glamour and more importantly, respect from the bowlers. Kagiso Rabada was ecstatic on Friday after Wayne Parnell took an improbable catch in the deep to give his team a shot at victory.
South Africa tilted back the scales to an equal pegging against England in the first ODI at Mangaung Oval on Friday after seemingly being doomed for a demolition following a subpar total of 298/5. The flat track in Bloemfontein provided little respite to the bowlers, helping the visitors cruise along to 146 at one stage without the loss of any wickets. However, the pacers struck in the middle overs to reduce England to 152/3 but a resolute Jason Roy stood firm and continued to play with his usual flamboyance. It was not until the 30th over that Wayne Parnell's stupendous effort in the field gave the Proteas a window of opportunity.
Rabada delivered the first ball short and down the body of the opener, not-out on 113 off 91 balls. The Kookaburra seemed to be travelling at the rate of knots over the square-leg boundary until Wayne Parnell suddenly appeared in the frame from out of nowhere. The all-rounder took a couple of big strides to his left and innocuously grabbed the ball with both hands, maintaining his balance with ridiculous ease at the edge of the boundary rope. The speed at which the ball was travelling made it highly probable to cushion the impact but Parnell's astute technique was an equal match to the challenge.
The effortless manner of the grab even shocked Rabada, as he held Parnell's face in joy in celebration with eyes wide open. Twitterati reacted no differently to the spectacular effort.
January 27, 2023
Roy Out to Rabada with Parnell taking a running catch.— Pjn (@Pjn1989) January 27, 2023
ENG require 96runs with 19.5 overs
ENG 202 / 4 after 30 overs
A superb Century JasonRoy 🙌🙌🙌 Always Champion!#SAvENG
ODI CRICKET— 🇬🇧🇺🇦 VWH Portsmouth | Solidarity with Ukraine (@VWHPortsmouth) January 27, 2023
1st ODI | 🇿🇦 South Africa vs 🏴 England
Jason Roy (113 runs scored)
c Parnell b Rabada
FALL OF WICKET
ENG 196 - 4
A top effort from #JasonRoy. #England are in with a fighting chance, with his help.
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Danger man departs
Rabada takes out the danger man, Roy, and now it's really Buttler who stands between us and the win now... #ProteaFire— brett Fish anderson (@BrettFishA) January 27, 2023
Roy's innings is over on a marvellous 113, gone to Rabada— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) January 27, 2023
196-4 after 29.1
Are SA back in it yet?#SAvENG
Rabada with the breakthrough, come on boys! #SAvENG— Gills (@gpricey23) January 27, 2023
He never disappoints
Rabada never disappoints #SAvENG— Xolani (@Xolani__) January 27, 2023
Well deserved wicket for Rabada👍— kaali (@oddtake) January 27, 2023
Rabada bags a wicket 🔥🔥🔥— Stolen Chanel (@Zoemkoena) January 27, 2023
He needed that one
Rabada needed that wicket!!! And that’s a big wicket— Riley Freeman Stan acc (@molebatsi_45) January 27, 2023