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Watch: Best boundary save ever? Pooran-esque fielding effort in South Africa domestic T20

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: South Africa international Jacques Snyman completed a sensational fielding effort in the CSA T20 Challenge, with a Nicholas Pooran-esque boundary save preventing a seemingly certain six.

Snyman was playing for Knights against Titans in the first game of the 2021 competition. His day started poorly, with the opener dismissed for three and his team bundled out for 116.

The Titans eventually won out after a nervy start to their chase, recovering from 7-3 to win by six wickets. But the highlight was undoubtedly Snyman’s athletic boundary effort. Fielding at deep midwicket, he ran and dived to take a stunning catch, before showing good awareness to release the ball just before crashing into the matting beyond the rope.

Also impressive was the strength of his throw back into play, with the ball trickling back into the inner ring, allowing for his teammates to clean up easily.

Fans on Twitter were quick to speculate where the effort ranked, with immediate reference made to the stunning save made by Nicholas Pooran during last year’s Indian Premier League. Kevin Pietersen, on commentary, immediately rated that as “The best save in T20 cricket ever”. Snyman might just have provided another contender to the thrown.

Snyman is a hard-hitting, off-spinning all-rounder, who made his international debut in the first T20I of South Africa’s 2-1 series defeat to Pakistan. That was his only appearance of the tour.

Watch Snyman’s stunning save below:



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