ENG vs WI [WATCH]: Harry Brook takes a sublime one handed catch to dismiss Mikyle Louis on Day 1 of the Lord’s Test

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Posted on: 10 Jul, 2024 at 12:40 PM

Harry Brook produced a spectacular one-handed catch off Ben Stokes‘ bowling to dismiss West Indies‘ key batter Mikyle Louis during the opening session of Day 1 of the first test at the iconic Lord’s Cricket ground.

Ben Stokes elects to bowl first at Lord’s

Stokes won the toss at Lord’s and elected to bowl first on a slow yet promising track, rich with swing and seam movement potential. The West Indies batters started resiliently, holding their ground for nearly an hour. However, the introduction of debutant Gus Atkinson into the attack proved pivotal, snatching two quick wickets and staunchly restricting the run rate. Amidst the challenge, debutant Louis displayed composure and skill in the demanding conditions. The breakthrough eventually arrived with a moment of brilliance that dismissed the Louis who had battled to 27 runs.

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Harry Brook’s remarkable catch dismisses Mikyle Louis

On the second ball of the 28th over, Stokes charged in from over the wicket and delivered a well-angled length ball that hit the pitch and straightened slightly after pitching, Louis off guard. Louis committed to a forward defensive stroke and saw the ball take the outside edge and fly toward the slip cordon. Initially appearing destined to slip past the gap between third slip and fine gully, the ball took a twist at the last moment. At that critical juncture, Brook, stationed at slip, executed a perfectly timed dive low to his right. With his right arm extended beyond his body, Brook managed to snatch the ball just above the ground level, his knuckles brushing the surface, securing a crucial dismissal.

Here’s the video:

Little fight back from the West Indies

Stokes, initially stunned by the spectacular catch, took a moment to register what had happened. His reaction was one of sheer disbelief, eyes wide and arms outstretched, as he sprinted towards Brook with an enormous grin on his face. After that pivotal moment, Alick Athanaze and Kavem Hodge guided their side to lunch without any further dismissals, consolidating the score to 61/3. They added an unbroken 17-run partnership for the fourth wicket, steadying the innings after the early setbacks.

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