South Africa is a side who can conjure a wicket or two with their brilliance on the field and one such illustration was given by their premiere fast bowler Dale Steyn. A fast bowler is hardly observed as a brilliant fielder but with the evolving game the standard of fielding for everyone has climbed to a new height. During a World Cup 2015 group stage match between Pakistan and South Africa at Eden Park, Auckland, Steyn did the unexpected while fielding at mid-on.

Pakistan were batting first and got off to a decent start as both their openers looked watchful. On the fourth delivery of the ninth over from Kyle Abbott, Ahmed Shehzad attempted a flick over the in-field but failed to get the middle of the bat. Although he didn’t time it well enough, it seemed that the leather headed towards a safe zone. However, it wasn’t what it looked it. Steyn, who was stationed at the mid-on area, ran yards backwards towards the trajectory of the ball.  He didn’t let his eyes off the ball and dived in front to complete a spectacular catch inches from the turf. This effort provided a much needed breakthrough to the Proteas.

Eventually, Pakistan won the thrilling encounter by 29 runs (D/L method) but Steyn’s catch remained as one of the highlights of the match. In fact, it was one of the best catches caught in the tournament.