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[Watch] Naveen-ul-Haq Defies Physics With Jaw-Dropping Catch In Qualifier 2 Of SA20

image-lsebjuiuNaveen-ul-Haq celebrating after taking a sensational catch (x.com)

Naveen-ul-Haq's incredible fielding brilliance was on full display as the Durban Super Giants squared off against the Joburg Super Kings in Qualifier 2 of the SA20 League at the Wanderers Stadium on Thursday. The match, which was already electrified by high scores and intense competition, reached its peak when Naveen executed a breathtaking catch at mid-off to dismiss Leus du Plooy of the Super Kings.

Naveen-ul-Haq catch sent the crowd into a frenzy

Durban Super Giants, after being put in to bat first, showcased a remarkable recovery, posting a formidable total of 211 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs. Despite a shaky start which saw them at 95 for 4, the innings was revitalized by Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Heinrich Klaasen, and Wiaan Mulder. 

Rajapaksa's quickfire 35 off 23 balls laid the groundwork before Klaasen's explosive 74 off 30 balls, along with Mulder's rapid fifty from just 23 deliveries, propelled the Super Giants past the 200-run mark with a stunning partnership of 101 runs in 38 balls.

The Super Kings' response was stifled early on, with their captain Faf du Plessis departing in the second over. The chase's defining moment came when Naveen-ul-Haq, with agility and anticipation, leapt to catch a fiercely hit ball by Leus du Plooy, aiming to clear mid-off on the penultimate ball of the third over. 

Naveen's exceptional fielding not only showcased his athletic brilliance but also significantly dented the Super Kings' chase by taking a critical wicket at a crucial juncture.

Watch: Naveen-ul-Haq catch video

Despite Moeen Ali's top-scoring effort of 30 off 26 balls for the Super Kings, the team couldn't maintain the needed momentum and was eventually bowled out for 142. Junior Dala stood out with the ball for the Super Giants, claiming four wickets for 38 runs in 3.4 overs, with Naveen-ul-Haq and Dwaine Pretorius each taking two wickets.

The victory for the Durban Super Giants, highlighted by Naveen-ul-Haq's spectacular catch has set the stage for a thrilling final against the defending champions, Sunrisers Eastern Cape, scheduled to take place at Newlands, Cape Town, on February 10.