New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill has been a late bloomer in the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) line-up for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 10, but he was more than handy in their hard-fought win over table-toppers Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday night at the Wankhdede Stadium in Mumbai. Apart from being involved in a 68-run opening partnership with Wriddhiman Saha off just 5.3 overs, the Kiwi was in fine fettle, claiming three catches including a one-handed stunner that sent Lendl Simmons back to the pavillion to give his side a vital breakthrough.
Guptill, who scored 36, was fielding at long-on when Simmons clobbered a full toss from Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell in that direction. The Kiwi timed his jump to perfection to pull off a one-handed wonder.
Simmons could barely believe what he saw, and the fans too were left stunned at what they had just witnessed.
Oh Martin Guptill, that is filthy. pic.twitter.com/QhMqHkR9bc— ByTheMinute ? (@ByTheMins) May 11, 2017
What a beautiful catch... Amazingly done by #Guptill— Abhinav Joshi (@ABHlNAV) May 11, 2017
Guptill just caught the full moon. #ipl— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 11, 2017
KXIP's win gave them two vital points and kept them in the running for a play-off spot, though they have to win their last match as well against Rising Pune Supergiant to make the cut.