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IPL: Top 4 instances when a fielder won a match for his team

Vishnu Rajesh
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Modified 02 Apr 2019, 17:16 IST
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#3 Axar Patel

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Axar Patel isn't the best of fielders, but fires
in accurate
throws from the deep

Axar Patel isn't particularly renowned for his prowess in the field. However in May 2017, towards the fag end of the league stages, it was Axar's fielding efforts which shaped the course of the game. Chasing 163, the Knight Riders were cruising thanks to a blistering start by the explosive duo of Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn. Narine was dismissed in the powerplay and Gambhir fell in the tenth over after playing second fiddle to an inspired Chris Lynn.

The first turning point of the game was getting the in-form Robin Uthappa out on the very first ball that he faced, thanks to Axar sprinting to his right from deep midwicket, diving to complete the catch a foot from the ground with both hands. This put a brake on the Knight Riders' scoring, and bought Punjab back into the game.

Chris Lynn continued his assault though, and it was again Axar Patel's fielding that came to the rescue. His perfect throw from deep midwicket caught the Aussie short of his crease and sent him back to the pavilion with an impressive 52-ball 84. The Knight Riders finally fell short by 14 runs.

Watch the game-changing run out here.

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Published 01 Apr 2019, 23:18 IST
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