Melbourne Stars captain Glenn Maxwell played a key role in the 51st match of the Big Bash League against Brisbane Heat. Maxwell took two wickets in four overs while giving away just 19 runs. His bowling efforts restricted the Heat to a total of 149 runs in 20 overs. Maxwell was superlative in the field as well.
During the 16th over bowled by Nathan Coulter-Nile, Maxwell completed a stunning catch at mid-on and dismissed Sam Heazlett. On the fifth delivery of the over, Heazlett tried to clear the long on boundary but the ball landed in Maxwell’s hand. Maxwell ran back a few yards before taking a one handed stunner.
His catch was termed the best catch of the season. Maxwell himself couldn’t believe after taking such a marvelous catch and his reaction was priceless. Former Australian pacer Brett Lee, who was in the commentary box called it the ‘catches for the ages’ and termed it the best that he has ever seen in any format of the game.
“That is the catch of the BBL. I reckon that is one of the best catches I have seen in any form of cricket ever. That is a catch for the ages,” he said on Fox Cricket.
Here’s the video of Glenn Maxwell becoming superman for a split second:
“Degree of difficulty = 10” – Andrew Symonds
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Maxwell opened the innings along with Joe Clarke and the duo added 104 runs for the first wicket in 10.4 over. Mark Steketee dismissed Maxwell for 37 runs off 30 balls in the 11th over. Stars won the match by 8 wickets after chasing the target in just 13.5 overs. Maxwell won the player of the match award for his all-round performance.
Maxwell has made 314 runs in 12 matches at an average of 28.55 and a strike rate of 137.12 in this edition of the BBL. Stars have won six of their 13 games and are currently placed sixth in the points table.