You may have the best of bowlers in your side but it counts to nothing if you are not a good fielding unit. Over the years, New Zealand has been a very good fielding side and have turned games with their catching.

Here’s an instance when a catch proved vital in context to the game’s result. New Zealand’s Chris Harris was a very useful cricketer, who possessed the ability to change the course of games with the bat, ball or fielding. Heading into the fifth One-Day International (ODI) at Auckland, the Kiwis were leading the series 3-1 against South Africa. In the rain-effected game, New Zealand put into bat were struggling at 73 for five, when Harris came in and bailed them out with a fine fifty, taking them to 193 from the stipulated 33 overs.

No total is safe when Herschelle Gibbs is in full flow. He had just struck three boundaries and beginning to look dangerous. In the fifth ball of the third over bowled by Daryl Tuffey, Gibbs drove one hard but at backward point stood Harris, who dived to his left and intercepted the ball’s flight, plucking it in the air with his left hand.

The catch proved crucial in context of the game. Gibbs looked in a good touch and could have won the game at relatively small Eden Park ground in a match which was further reduced to a 29-over affair. New Zealand managed to sneak it by two runs via Duckworth-Lewis method.