VIDEO: Ellyse Perry’s Incredible Semi-Final Winning Boundary Save Against India: It can be fair to say that the difference between India and Australia in the T20 World Cup semi-final was the fielding between the two sides. And Ellyse Perry’s sensational boundary save in the penultimate over of India’s chase highlighted the gap in fielding standards in the semi-final, which India lost by only 5 runs and suffered another heartbreak.
While India dropped 2 catches, missed one stumping, and gave away at least 10 runs through misfielding, Australia, barring one tough catch drop by Alyssa Healy, were terrific in the field, their commitment and determination to give their best all the times was encapsulated by this incredible boundary save from their living legend Ellyse Perry.
“That is one of the biggest dive you’ll ever see,” said the commentator, appreciatively, on Perry’s superb effort and saving two runs for her team.
With 18 runs needed off 9 balls, Sneh Rana hit spinner Jess Jonassen toward the fine leg boundary. Rana, having moved across the off-stump, played a good shot as she swept it very fine.
It looked a certain boundary until Perry, out of nowhere, cut across the frame last second. The lanky all-rounder put in a big dive and flicked it back with one hand. Not only those were crucial two runs saved, but it also lifted the spirits of the Aussies even more.
The ICC posted the video of this match-defining save from Ellyse Perry
“Ellyse Perry, you did not just do that!” the ICC captioned the video post.
Watch the video here:
Meanwhile, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s terrific half-century went in vain. In the chase of the target of 173, Kaur, who has been battling fever for the past 2-3 days, kept India alive with her knock of 52(34) and was involved in two crucial, counter-attacking partnerhips – 69 (41) with Jemimah Rodrigues and 35 (26) with Richa Ghosh – after India had lost their top 3 for only 28 runs and a loss seemed inevitable.
However, Kaur got run out in an unlucky manner, as her bat got stuck in the ground and Healy was quick to whip the bails off, before Richa got out in the next over.
Australia captain Meg Lanning said, “One of the best wins I have been involved in. To fightback from well behind and win despite not playing our best cricket. Great fighting spirit from the girls, couldn’t be more proud of them. We missed out lengths and gave width at tims. India came hard at us and they have got some incredible players. Came right down to the wire and we had to seize those clutch moments. Certainly holds us in good stead for the final.”