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Watch: ‘Truly outstanding’ – Joe Root takes spectacular diving catch in the deep to dismiss Rashid Khan

Joe Root takes diving catch to dismiss Rashid Khan
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: Joe Root took an outstanding diving catch on the deep midwicket boundary to dismiss Rashid Khan in England’s 2023 World Cup fixture against Afghanistan in Delhi today (October 15).

Afghanistan had looked set for a big total after they capitalised on loose bowling in the early stages of the match from England. But they started to fall away after losing their first three wickets for eight runs, and slipped from 114-0 to 190-6.

Rashid was the main striker for England, finding the initial breakthrough by snaring Ibrahim Zadran for the first wicket before also dismissing Rahmat Shah. He was brought back to bowl out following his seven-over opening burst in the final ten overs of the innings.


Off the first ball of (Adil) Rashid’s final over, Rashid (Khan) charged down to hit over the top, and launched the ball towards deep midwicket. Root ran around the rope from long on and dived full length low to the ground, just managing to cling onto the ball before it reached the turf.

“Brilliant catch,” exclaimed Ian Bishop on commentary. “That is truly outstanding from Joe Root.”

“Great catch from Joe Root,” chipped in Dinesh Karthik. “Second catch of the day for him… Arguably the best catch that we’ve seen in the first two weeks of the tournament.”

Root had combined with Rashid earlier in the day to get Zadran out, and took a third catch in the penultimate over of the innings off Mark Wood to get Mujeeb Ur Rahman out.

Winning the battle of the leg spinners vs Rashid (Khan) meant (Adil) Rashid finished his quota of overs with figures of 3-42, his best in World Cups.

Watch: Joe Root takes stunning catch in the deep to dismiss Rashid Khan, below


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