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PHOTOS: Ten most spectacular catches of the IPL

Last updated on: May 22, 2013 08:55 IST

Gurkeerat's spectacular catch at fine-leg

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Even as the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League reaches its last leg, it is difficult to forget some unforgettable moments on the field.

Rediff.com gives you a lowdown of some of the best catches taken during the group phase of the tournament.

First comes the spectacular effort by Gurkeerat Singh Mann against Pune Warriors. 

The Kings XI Punjab player took a brilliant catch at fine leg, diving full length, to curtail Ross Taylor's (15) stay at the crease. 

Punjab dismissed Pune for a paltry 99 on the latter's home turf, and went on to win the match comfortably. 


Image: Gurkeerat Mann Singh of Kings XI Punjab dives to take a catch and get rid of Ross Taylor of Pune Warriors
Photographs: BCCI

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Ponting's marvellous effort helped Harbhajan get a wicket

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Harbhajan Singh and Ricky Ponting may not have shared the best of relationships during their playing days (the Australian is now retired, while the Indian is almost...err)

However, playing together for Mumbai Indians the duo have shown some camaraderie, the best of which was on display in the match against Delhi Daredevils at the Wankhede stadium. 

Having posted a formidable total (209-5), Mumbai needed to put Delhi on the backfoot early. And they did so first ball! 

Harbhajan got a leading edge off Unmukt Chand and Ponting timed his leap to perfection to take a brilliant catch at extra cover.

For the record, Mumbai won by 44 runs. 


Image: Ponting dives to his right to catch Unmukt Chand
Photographs: BCCI

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Hussey an asset on the field

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Besides being brilliant with the bat for Chennai Super Kings, Michael Hussey was an asset on the field. 

One of the Australian's best efforts came in their match against Kings XI Punjab. Having already taken a catch at leg gully to help Dirk Nannes account for Adam Gilchrist (9), the 38-year-old ran back to take a brilliant catch and dismiss Manan Vohra (16).

Vohra was looking generous and it was a bad delivery from Ravindra Jadeja. But Hussey's effort ensured the bowler was rewarded. 


Image: Michael Hussey leaps to take the catch and get rid of Manan Vohra of Kings XI
Photographs: BCCI

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Dravid catches one at mid-wicket

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Rahul Dravid, during his illustrious career, was an asset for Team India at slips. However, instances of him fielding in other positions were rare. 

In Rajasthan Royals' match against Pune Warriors, the captain positioned himself at short mid-wicket. In the fifth over he took a brilliant one-handed catch to help James Fulakner get Robin Uthappa's (32) wicket.

It was a brilliant reflex catch, considering the fact Dravid isn't getting any younger. Rajasthan albeit lost the match. 


Image: Rahul Dravid, captain of Rajasthan Royals, completes a catch to dismiss Robin Uthappa of Pune Warriors
Photographs: BCCI

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Pollard's effort was a spectacle

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Kieron Pollard has come up with quite a few spectacular efforts on the field.

The best of the lot was in the match against Kings XI Punjab. It happened in the fourth over, bowled by Pragyan Ojha. Shaun Marsh hit the ball flat over the bowler's head and it looked set to fetch him a maximum. 

However, out of nowhere, Pollard leapt in the air and pulled off a brillaint one-handed effort. 

The catch was a significant one as Mumbai won by four runs.


Image: Kieron Pollard celebrates after taking the catch
Photographs: BCCI

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Nannes accounted for Gurkeerat

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If Gurkeerat's effort against Pune was spectacular, in Punjab's match against Chennai Super Kings he was at the receiving end. 

Gurkeerat was at fault, considering he played a terrible shot, a wild sweep outside off-stump. However, that doesn't take anything away fronm Dirk Nannes's spectacular effort at fine leg. 

Gurkeerat's innings was cut short at 31 and Chennai emerged comfortable winners. 


Image: Dirk Nannes of Chennai Super Kings gets under the ball to catch Gurkeerat Mann Singh of Kings XI Punjab
Photographs: BCCI

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Russell's effort cut short Rohit's innings

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Rohit Sharma captained Mumbai Indians for the first time, and played a spectacular innings against Delhi Daredevils at Ferozshah Kotla. 

His 43-ball 73 was inclusive of five boundaries and an equal number of sixes. It needed an equally spectacular effort to cut it short. 

As Rohit hit a Umesh Yadav delivery it seemed set to travel the distance. However, Andre Russell took a spectacular overhead catch at long-on to end his say. 

For the record, Vireneder Sehwag ensured Rohit's effort went waste and Delhi secured one of their only three wins in the competition. 


Image: Delhi Daredevils' Andre Russell catches Mumbai Indians player Rohit Sharma
Photographs: BCCI

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Azhar Mahmood's was a good effort

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Azhar Mahmood did his bit with the bat for Kings XI Punjab. He was equally good with the ball. 

However, in the field, the Pakistan-born player isn't entirely well-known. 

In the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad he had one of those rare moments of brilliance. 

Akshath Reddy hit a Manpreet Gony delivery and it looked set to go to the fence until Mahmood put his hand out at mid-off.



Image: Azhar Mahmood celebrates the wicket of Akshath Reddy
Photographs: BCCI

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Maxwell took a well-judged catch

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Glenn Maxwell is yet to justify the US $1 million Mumbai Indians splurged on him.

To be fair, the Australian hasn't had many opportunities. 

In the match against Rajasthan Royals, at the Wankhede, though, Maxwell gave a glimpse of his talent. 

James Faulkner, sent in at No.3 to up the ante, smashed a Dhawal Kulkarni delivery and Maxwell ran back to take a high catch. 

The effort was commendable, considering in most cases the fielders lose the ball under the lights. 



Image: Mumbai Indians' Glenn Maxwell catches Rajasthan Royals player James Faulkner
Photographs: BCCI

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Kaul's was a great effort

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Siddarth Kaul was one of the positives to come out from what was otherwise a disappointing season for Delhi Daredevils. 

While the youngster performed credibly with the ball, one of his efforts on the field that stood out. 

Azhar Mahmood hit an Ashish Nehra delivery over the bowler's head and it seemed destined to go to the fence. 

But Kaul leaped high and plucked it out on the edge of the fence. 


Image: Siddarth Kaul takes the catch to dismiss Azhar Mahmood
Photographs: BCCI

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