‘No way! You can’t do that Ben Stokes! That is one of the greatest catches of all time’: Nasser Hussain leads praise for England all-rounder after he takes spectacular one-handed grab to spark wild celebrations in World Cup opener
- England thumped South Africa by 104 runs in opening match of the World Cup
- Andile Phehlukwayo smashed shot that looked destined for the boundary
- But Ben Stokes ran back and managed to pluck the ball out of the air
- England all-rounder sparked wild celebrations in stands and with the team
Ben Stokes took an unbelievable catch against South Africa in England’s opening World Cup clash which is certain to live long in the memory.
The all-rounder sparked wild celebrations at The Oval with a one-handed grab over his head, diving backwards towards the boundary.
Andile Phehlukwayo smashed a sweep shot that looked destined for the boundary but Stokes plucked it out of the air before receiving the crowd’s acclaim.
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Ben Stokes took a spectacular catch one-handed over his head to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo
The all-rounder starred with the bat, ball and also in the field for England in their first game
Stokes saluted the crowd as those who were in attendance rose to their feet
On Sky Sports’ commentary, Nasser Hussain said: ‘No way! No, No way! You can’t do that Ben Stokes. That is remarkable. That is one of the greatest catches of all time. You cannot do that!’
England skipper Eoin Morgan and the rest of the team sprinted over to Stokes on the boundary to celebrate.
And after taking the catch, the 27-year-old simply stood to salute the crowd with one hand in the air.
After the game he reflected: ‘I had a little bit of a panic on, I was further in than I should have been.
‘I get the nickname the claw so luckily it stuck. I didn’t know how to react, I shouldn’t have been there, it probably would have been a routine catch if I was where I should have been!’
Stokes’ incredible effort capped off a superb first game of the World Cup for him personally.
His 89 runs formed the backbone of England’s first innings total of 312 and he also chipped in with two wickets in the 104-run win.
The host nation have launched their campaign in some style and Stokes’ contribution has provided some brilliant early momentum.
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