In the opening match of T20 Blast between Middlesex and Essex at Lord’s, South Africa veteran AB de Villiers stunned the crowd with a breathtaking relay catch to dismiss Essex batsman Dan Lawrence on Thursday.
Amazing work from @ABdeVilliers17 in the field gets the wicket 🔥
Brilliant instincts from AB keeps the ball in the air, and tees up the catch for @georgefbscott! 🙌
— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) July 18, 2019
After winning the toss and electing to field, Middlesex got to a great start claiming three wickets in the opening ten overs itself. To claim the fourth wicket, de Villiers came up with brilliant reflexes to dismiss the incoming batsman Lawrence off a Nathan Sowter ball.
The right-handed batsman hit the ball hard towards the boundary line, where it found the 35-year-old, who after catching it threw the ball towards fielder George Scott, as he was crossing the boundary line. After Lawrence’s dismissal, Middlesex were 73/4 after 11.1 overs.
In the first innings of the first match of the second edition of the T20 Blast, Essex managed to put up a score of 161/6 at the end of 20 overs, thanks to a 74-run knock by Ryan ten Doeschate.