Royal Challengers Bangalore’s AB de Villiers on Thursday pulled off an incredible one-handed catch at the fence to leave cricket fans wide-eyed.
Fielding at deep mid-wicket the South African had a chance to send back a dangerous Alex Hales who was threatening to set base for Sunrisers Hyderabad as they looked to chase a mammoth 219-run target set by RCB.
Hales batting on 37 was eyeing the fence off nearly every ball. He looked to hoick one off Moeen Ali. He, and so did most viewers, felt he had the necessary height and distance needed to clear the fence and get another six under his belt. De Villiers, though, poured cold water on his hopes pulling off a stunning catch. He leaped in the air and extended a hand to pick the ball out of thin air and leave those watching gasping.
The catch upstaged Rashid Khan’s similar effort earlier in the day, raising many to ask if it was indeed the catch of the season or even the best catch ever in the IPL?
Twitter was quick to come out and express their shock at the manner in which he completed the catch:
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