Watch: Faf du Plessis takes a stunning catch to dismiss Manish Pandey
Chennai Super Kings were defeated by Delhi Capitals in their opening rubber. Apart from that, they clawed their way back into the game with grit and determination. They locked horns with depleted Sunrisers Hyderabad at Arun Jaitley Stadium located in the national capital.
Batting first, the Sunrisers lost Jonny Bairstow early on but that didn’t stop David Warner and Manish Pandey to build a good partnership. The selectors took a harsh call by dropping Manish Pandey and they brought in Virat Singh but the latter didn’t do full justice with the bat. Manish broke into the playing XI and played one of the top knocks.
The experienced right-handed batsman took the attack to the CSK bowlers as he dominated the game with quick singles, a flurry of 5 boundaries and a six with a strike rate of 132.61. He got support from his captain David Warner who played a slow inning - 57 off 55 balls including 3 boundaries and 1 maximum at a poor strike rate of 103.64.
Faf du Plessis takes a screamer to dismiss Manish Pandey
Sometimes we run short of words to describe the kind of effort Faf du Plessis puts in order to take a catch or save runs for the team. Be it national cricket team or domestic cricket, his commitment to the game is simply 100%. This is why he is one of the best fielders in the world. Chennai Super Kings are gifted to have a player like him.
Besides his fielding, he is a superb batsman where he is capable of producing good starts. During the game against SRH, Faf du Plessis made the headlines when he took a sensational catch to get rid of dangerous Manish Pandey. The right-handed batsman was looking set at the crease and was finding ways to score boundaries.
During the fifth ball of the 18th over bowled by Lungi Ngidi, Manish Pandey hit the length ball towards the wide long-on for a boundary. As it happened, Faf du Plessis sprinted towards his right and took a stunning catch while he was airborne. Experts, commentators and even fans are of the opinion that this has to be the best catch of the season by far.