- Aiden Markram produced a sensational catch in the SA20 qualifiers on Tuesday
- The Sunrisers Eastern Cape booked their place in the SA20 final with a victory
- Markram leaped several feet into the air to dismiss JJ Smuts with the catch
Cricket fans were left stunned on Tuesday night after Sunrisers Eastern Cape captain Aiden Markram produced a sensational diving catch during their SA20 victory against Durban Super Giants.
The win saw the Sunrisers book their place in their second consecutive SA20 final after they sealed a 51-run win against their opponents at Newlands.
Eastern Cape would go in to bat first with England star Dawid Malan bringing up a top score of 63, while Markram would be dismissed for 30 runs.
They would step into the field for the second innings, going 13/2 before Markram would produce the sensational catch to dismiss JJ Smuts, with the Durban Super Giants struggling at 13/3.
Pace bowler Ottniel Baartman had fired a bouncer at Smuts, with the batsman slashing wildly at the shot, scooping the ball up into the air towards Markram to mid-on.
Aiden Markram produced a sensational one-handed diving catch in the SA20 on Tuesday
Sunrisers Eastern Cape went on to claim a 51-run victory against Durban Super Giants
The South African international leaped high into the air, stretching with his right hand to pluck the ball out of the air to dismiss Smutts.
His acrobatics left the Cape Town crowd inside Newlands gobsmacked, with the 29-year-old rising several feet in the air to take the catch.
Fans online lauded the Eastern Cape captain for his heroics, with one writing on X (formerly Twitter) ‘Aiden Markram has magnet hands.’
Another wrote: ‘Aiden Markram with the catch of the tournament!!!!!’
One called it: ‘A stupendous catch, will definitely be going into the books as one of the best.’
Fans online lauded Markram for having ‘magnet hands’ after taking the sublime catch
He was immediately mobbed by his fellow team-mates after taking the stunning catch
The South African will now lead his side in the final of the SA20 for the second year in a row
‘More surprised with how cool Aiden Markram was after taking this absolute stunner,’ another said.
Even the commentators on Sky Sports were left stunned, with one saying: ‘No! No! No! One of the great catches! You cannot beleive that. My goodness. The timing, the leap the Brilliance of the captain Aiden Markram.
‘We all thought it was a boundary!’
He added: ‘The captain had other ideas, that Aiden Markram, is an absolute worldy.’
Baartman would go on to take another three wickets, while Marco Jansen would also claim four dismissals to help Eastern Cape keep the Super Giants to a score of 106, ultimately sealing the victory.