Watch: Debutant Shahbaz Ahmed takes a blinder to dismiss Steve Smith in RR vs RCB

Shahbaz Ahmed grabs fantastic catch to dismiss Steve Smith (Source: Sportzpics)

One of the best catches of the ongoing IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed took a blinder of a catch to dismiss Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith at Dubai International Stadium on Saturday.

25-year old Shahbaz displayed brilliant fielding efforts during the second delivery of the last over when Smith hit Chris Morris towards the sweeper cover region to up the ante in the last over. Fielding at sweeper cover in his debut IPL match, Ahmed ran backwards towards his right to time his dive to perfection and complete a fantastic catch.

Captain Smith led from the front with a counterattacking 36-ball 57 and guided RR to 177 for six. Smith struck six fours and one maximum before Morris bowled a brilliant final over, conceding only four runs while taking two wickets to check RR from going past 180.

Fast-medium bowler Morris finished with excellent figures of 4/26 in four overs.

Batting first, Rajasthan Royals were off to a brisk start as opener Robin Uthappa (41 off 22 ball) launched into the RCB attack with a flurry of fours and a six. Back in his favoured position alongside Ben Stokes after another change in the combination, Uthappa saw his team play two quiet overs before smashing Washington Sundar for four boundaries in the innings’ third over.

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