Ben Stokes pulled off an exceptional one-handed wondercatch during England’s World Cup opening-match victory against South Africa at The Oval.
The 27-year-old was back-pedaling after Andile Phehlukwayo smacked the ball through deep midwicket and timed his jump to perfection, stretching out his right hand to claim the catch.
It stopped what looked like a certain six as England picked up their seventh wicket and handed Adil Rashid his first scalp of the innings.
It was reminiscent of the brilliant diving one-handed take Stokes claimed in the slips during the 2015 Ashes at Trent Bridge.
His heroic effort at The Oval was hailed by the on-watching crowd as he enjoyed a fine day in the field, having earlier run out Dwaine Pretorius with a pinpoint throw.
Speaking about the catch after being named man of the match, Stokes said: “I had a little bit of a panic on, to be honest.
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“I was a little but further in than I should have been. I have the nickname the Claw so luckily it stuck. I didn’t know how to react as I shouldn’t have been there. It would have been a regulation catch had I been in the right position.”
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