Fresh from his heroics in the recently-concluded ODI series against India, Joe Root seems to be the man of the season for England. During the ongoing Vitality T20 Blast, Root has once again continued his thrilling form with the bat for his team Yorkshire. In a closely contested battle between Roses rivals Lancashire and Yorkshire, the 27-year old not only scored runs with the blade but also contributed in the field by showing some mind-boggling catching skills.
Root’s performance was easily the highlights of the exciting game between the two powerhouses. The England Test skipper shone with the bat as he scored 51 not out from just 22 balls to take Yorkshire very close to the win. Prior to that, he had taken an absolute blinder to dismiss the dangerous Liam Livingstone.
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While trying to scoop a Steven Patterson’s delivery towards extra cover, the Lancashire captain was caught by Root, who was standing at mid-off. Root moved towards his left and made a full-length dive to take a stunning catch with both hands.
See the clip of that catch:
Livingstone hit 79 off just 37 balls as Lancashire piled up a total of 176 for two in just 14 overs. During his knock, Livingstone smashes six monstrous sixes and seven boundaries.
The English fans could not have asked for a better match as the rain-curtailed contest proved to be an edge of a seat thriller at the end. The 14-overs per side match was won by Lancashire, who beat Yorkshire by one run in a dramatic last-ball finish.
In reply, Yorkshire fell short by just one run, finishing on 175 for 4. Yorkshire needed 17 from the final over. When 17 was needed in the last over, Root hit three boundaries to keep his team in the hunt. He then took a single to leave Kane Williamson with the task of hitting a four on the last ball. However, the Kiwi player only managed a double.
Lately, Root has been in incredible form with the bat, he smashed two consecutive hundreds which helped the hosts beat India in the three-match ODI rubber by 2-1. The Test skipper would be keen to continue the same form when England take on India in the five-Test series, starting on August 1 in Birmingham.