T20 Vitality Blast: Legendary South African cricketer AB De Villiers is stealing the limelight once again! He was showing off his fielding skills and acrobatics for Middlesex in the T20 blast opener against Essex at Lords. De Villiers took a stunning relay catch to send dismiss Essex batsman Dan Lawrence on Thursday. Lawrence hit the ball well and thought it was on its way for a six. But it seemed the ball got held up in the air as De Villiers positioned himself well under the ball, he had a good knowledge of the boundary ropes and then he held the ball. He realised his bodyweight was going to take him over the ropes. He quickly passed the ball to George Scott, who completed the catch. Also Read - 'Just Stay in Zone': Devdutt Padikkal Recalls AB de Villiers' Special 'Text Message' During IPL 2020
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Meanwhile, Middlesex won the match by seven wickets. De Villiers starred with the bat as he smashed a breathtaking 88 off 43 balls to help his side gun down a 165-run-target. Middlesex won the toss and invited Essex to bat first. Middlesex got off to a great start picking three early wickets within the first 10 overs. In the first innings of the first match of the second edition of the T20 Blast, Essex managed to put up a score of 161/6 at the end of 20 overs, thanks to a 74-run knock by Ryan ten Doeschate.
Paul Stirling, Dawid Malan (c), Nick Gubbins, AB de Villiers, John Simpson (wk), George Scott, Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Helm, Nathan Sowter, Steven Finn, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Varun Chopra, Cameron Delport, Tom Westley, Ryan ten Doeschate, Daniel Lawrence, Ravi Bopara, Adam Wheater (wk), Simon Harmer (c), Shane Snater, Matthew Quinn, Adam Zampa