Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Umesh Yadav took a fantastic catch to dismiss Rajasthan Royals’ Devdutt Padikkal in the third over of the 46th match of the 2022 Indian Premier League in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

Devdutt Padikkal could only manage a weak touch to Umesh Yadav’s full-length delivery. The ball came back to the KKR pacer, who fumbled on the first attempt but managed to hold it off, dismissing the RR opener caught and bowled. 

The catch got cricket fans talking, some of whom took to social media to discuss the same. 

“Umesh Yadav strikes and gets Devdutt Padikkal, brilliant from Umesh & poor from Padikkal. Umesh been excellent in Powerplays for KKR and Padikkal been below average given the amount of chances by RR,” one person wrote. 

“Umesh Yadav strikes and gets Devdutt Padikkal, brilliant from Umesh. He’s been excellent in Powerplays for KKR,” tweeted another person.

KKR restricted RR to a modest 152 for five, despite rival skipper Sanju Samson’s half-century. For RR, Samson’s 54 off 49 balls was the only saving grace, as the side lost wickets at regular intervals.

Tim Southee (2/46) took two wickets, while Umesh Yadav (1/24), Anukul Roy (1/28) and Shivam Mavi (1/33) accounted for one each.

In reply, Nitish Rana (48 not out), Rinku Singh (42 not out) and Shreyas Iyer (34) chipped in with useful contributions to guide KKR to a 7 wicket win.

Brief Score: Rajasthan Royals: 152 for 5 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 54; Tim Southee 2/46).

Kolkata Knight Riders: 158 for 3 in 19.1 overs (Nitish Rana 48 not out, Rinku Singh 42 not out; Trent Boult (1/25).

Kolkata Knight Riders: Aaron Finch, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Baba Indrajith (wk), Nitish Rana, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen