There have already been a couple of astonishing catches this season with Ajinkya Rahane and Kieron Pollard pulling off stunning takes yesterday. Kings XI Punjab's Gurkeerat Singh added to that list today, sprinting across from deep backward square leg, diving full length to his right and towards the boundary, to pouch a superbly timed Ross Taylor shot. The television angles that checked whether the catch was completed properly showcased the brilliance of the catch as it looked even better when seen from behind the fielder.
The eventual last ball of the match was evidence of Pune Warriors' struggle. Mitchell Marsh had David Hussey spectacularly caught at midwicket by T Suman but the umpires decided to check for a no-ball. The replays showed Marsh had overstepped, and which the resulting extra run ended the game.
Parvinder Awana pegged the Warriors' batsmen back during his quick four-over spell. The crowning glory was a superb delivery that sliced open Angelo Mathews, took the outside edge and had him caught behind by Adam Gilchrist.
It was a bowlers' game until Gilchrist went after Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over of Kings XI's chase. He pummelled the first and fourth balls of the over down the ground for fours, before the fifth delivery brought back memories of Gilchrist in his pomp. Gilchrist effortlessly swung a leg-side delivery into the stands beyond square-leg. It was the cue for the youngsters Mandeep Singh and Manan Vohra to smash the Warriors bowlers and complete a straightforward victory.