Afghanistan’s promising start in Ahmedabad took a hit when they lost three quick wickets due to a sluggish pitch and significant ball turn. Maharaj’s immediate impact secured a wicket and Shahidi’s dismissal left Afghanistan at 78/3 in 20 overs.
This setback caused a dip in the run-rate, providing South Africa with a stronger position, and David Miller’s exceptional catch further intensified their control.
In the 24th over’s fifth ball, Lungi Ngidi’s delivery to Rahmat resulted in a powerful bat swing, sending the Kookaburra towards backward point.
Miller initially struggled with the catch as the ball bounced off his legs, face, and underwent chaotic juggling. Eventually, with a dive forward, Miller secured the catch between his left hand’s thumb and index finger.
Ngidi’s relief was palpable, and despite the initial fumble, Miller’s extraordinary effort became a topic of celebration on Twitter.