Australia’s Sean Abbott took a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss South Africa’s Marco Jansen during the third ODI in Senwes Park, Potchefstroom.
The ball was hit towards the boundary ropes, but Abbott ran across and dived full length to take a one-handed catch.
His effort was so good that even batter Marco Jansen was left shell-shocked.
The catch was also a testament to Abbott’s determination and never-say-die attitude. He never gave up on the ball, even though it looked like it was going for six.
The incident occurred in the 47th over of SA’s innings when Jansen was looking for the big hits. When Nathan Ellis bowled one on the full, Jansen went after it and sliced it towards the sweeper cover region.
While it seemed like the ball was going for a six, Abbott appeared out of nowhere, dived full-stretch and completed a one-handed blinder.
As a result, Jansen was dismissed for a 16-ball 32 and the catch soon went viral on social media.
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However, South Africa emerged victorious over Australia after a run of successive defeats.
South Africa beat Australia by 111 runs at the JB Marks Oval to win their first game in the five-match One Day International series after losing the opening two and all three matches of the Twenty20 series against Australia that preceded it. Aiden Markram top-scored for the Proteas with a well made 102.
The next meeting between South Africa and the Australians is in Pretoria on Friday with the last game of the series in Johannesburg on Sunday.