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[WATCH] Unbelievable! Innocent Kaia's Stunning Airborne Catch in Zim Afro T10 League

image-lkm2rfrpInnocent Kaia plucked the ball out of thin air (Twitter)

The Zim Afro T10 League, renowned for its edge-of-the-seat excitement saw an act of fielding brilliance unfold during Thursday's clash between Durban Qalandars and Bulawayo Braves in Harare. 

Flying Kaia pulled off a sensational catch

Fielding acrobatics have emerged as a distinct highlight of this rapid 10-over format competition, with each run fiercely contested and fielders transforming even half-chances into wickets.

One such instance of sheer brilliance came from Bulawayo’s Innocent Kai when he grabbed a spectacular diving catch which left the onlookers stunned.

Having won the toss, Durban Qalandars chose to bat first. Openers Hazratullah Zazai and Tim Seifert aimed to start strong for the team. However, misfortune befell Seifert, dismissed without scoring off Taskin Ahmed’s bowling on just the third ball of the inning.

A delivery from Ahmed placed outside off stump on a good length tempted Seifert into an aggressive shot, but a mistimed stroke sent the ball spiralling over the cover region.

In the moments that followed, Innocent Kaia stole the limelight with a gravity-defying act. Sprinting into position, he made a full-stretched airborne dive to his right, intercepting the flight of the ball with a sensational catch. The two-handed acrobatic catch, in addition to being a spectacular sight, highlighted Kaia's adherence to cricketing fundamentals.

Unfortunately for the Qalandars, their top and middle-order faltered significantly, with the first five batsmen unable to achieve double figures. However, a determined lower-order rally by Asif Ali (32 off 20 balls) and George Linde (28 off 11 balls) helped their team to a respectable total of 103/8 in their quota of 10 overs.

In response, Bulawayo Braves struggled to match the pace set by the Qalandars. Despite his fielding brilliance, Kaia was unable to contribute with the bat and was dismissed without scoring. Ben McDermott and Kobe Herft, also fell early with 8 and 1 runs respectively.

However, hope for the Braves sparked briefly thanks to Sikandar Raza's 21 off 15 balls and Beau Webster's aggressive 40 off 21 balls. Despite their efforts, the Braves fell short, ending their innings with 96/7, seven runs shy of the Qalandars' total.