Watch: Ben Stokes's acrobatic effort at boundary saves a certain six for England in 2nd T20 vs AUS
The second T20 of the three-match series between England and Australia at the Manuka Oval, Canberra, ended with a close finish. In the end, it was England that came out victorious and won the match by 8 runs to win the series 2-0 with one match to be played.
The game went to the very last over. The hosts needed 22 runs with Pat Cummins and Mathew Wade at the crease. But in the end, they fell short by 8 runs. England bowled well and also fielded well. One of the highlights was the acrobat save from the star all-rounder, Ben Stokes.
Stokes is known for always giving his all in every aspect of the game. Whether it is batting or bowling or even fielding, he never shys away from giving it all. And the fans saw one such moment in the second game as well.
The all-rounder is a gun fielder at any part of the ground. In the death overs, however, he frequently fields near the boundary line. During the 12th over of the chase, he made an incredible effort to save a certain six for his team, which in the end became the difference between the two teams.
Sam Curran came out to bowl the 12th over of the innings. He bowled a length ball, and the batter, Mitchell Marsh, hit it too far off the boundary, which appeared to clear the rope. But Stokes, who was standing there, caught the ball, and the momentum took him over the boundary line.
But he was smart enough to throw the ball back to the field, which resulted in saving a certain six. Eventually, he couldn't complete the catch, but it was a brilliant effort from the all-rounder.
Ben Stokes is a crazy fielder! pic.twitter.com/dB5c3vQ93g— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 12, 2022
Speaking of the match, batting first, England made 178/7 in their 20 overs. Dawid Malan played a brilliant knock of 82 runs off 49 balls with seven fours and four sixes. Moeen Ali also batted well for his 44 off 27. In response, Australia lost their first three wickets for just 51 runs within the first eight overs.
Mitchell Marsh made 45 off 29, and in the end, Tim David played a good cameo of 40 off 23, but they couldn't cross the line. With this win, England has taken an unassailable lead of 2-0, and the third and final match will be played on Friday (October 14).