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Women’s World Cup 2022: Hayley Matthews takes a one-handed creamer to dismiss Deepti Sharma

Hayley Matthews made her debut for the West Indies in 2013 at the age of 15 and she has grown leaps and bounds in her career. She is currently taking part in the 2022 Women’s World Cup and hasn’t flattered to deceive by any stretch of the imagination. The Caribbean team started their campaign with wins over hosts New Zealand and defending champions England.

On Saturday, March 12, Matthews gave an account of what she can do with her fielding skills. In the 14th over of the Indian innings, the 23-year-old Hayley Matthews took a brilliant catch to send Deepti Sharma back to the hut. Off-spinner Anisa Mohammed bowled from over the wicket and dished out a full-length delivery. Seeing that, Sharma’s eyes lit up and she went for a full-blooded sweep shot.

But Sharma couldn’t time the ball properly and got a thick outside edge. The batter got a good piece of willow and the ball was destined to race away to the boundary for a four. Keeper Kycia Knight had absolutely no chance of stopping the ball. That’s when Matthews stepped in and took the spectacular catch.

She showed great reflexes and made a full stretch dive on to her right. The ball somehow got stuck on her right palm as Matthews completed a brilliant take in the slip cordon. The catch also gave Mohammed a wicket in the very first over she bowled.

Here’s the video of Hayley Matthews taking the brilliant catch to send Deepti Sharma back

Matthews has been a key player for Stafanie Taylor and Co. in the World Cup. In the very first game against Sophie Devine’s White Ferns, she scored a century and took her team to a three-run win. She also picked up two crucial wickets in that encounter at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

In the next game in Dunedin, Matthews scored a handy 45 before getting out. The off-spinner accounted for two scalps as well. West Indies won the game by seven runs at the University Oval.

The youngster has put in all-round performances thus far in the tournament. If the Caribbean team has to qualify for the semis, Matthews has to keep performing.

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