In an unusual turn of events, Australia skipper Meg Lanning received a massive reprieve after she survived a run-out in the final Tri-Nation Women’s T20 series against India at the Junction Oval
After the bizarre run-out incident, Meg Lanning’s team defeated the Indians by 11 runs in final to win the T20 tri-series.
The match bore witness to an unusual incident as Lanning was offered a second chance after Indian fielder Shikha Pandey’s throw hit the stump mic cables in what would otherwise have been a simple run-out.
The incident happened during the second delivery of the fourth over when on-strike batswoman Lanning hit Indian medium-pacer Arundhati Roy to mid-off.
However, Lanning’s decision to sneak a single was met with doom at the non-striker’s end as Indian pacer Shikha Pandey, who was waiting at mid-off collected the ball cleanly and threw perfectly at the stumps.
To everyone’s surprise, the throw hit the mic stump cable and got deflected thus denying India of a chance of a perfect run-out. Lanning, who at this time was way out of her crease would have easily walked back to the pavilion if not for her luck.
Another example of technology saving the batter!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 12, 2020
Adding more to the Indians’ miseries, Lanning and partner Beth Mooney completed another run, taking two off that delivery.
Twitterati reacts to the bizarre incident
Meanwhile, many cricketing fans soon took to Twitter to express their opinions on the bizarre ‘Meg Lanning run-out’ incident that took place. Here are a few of them:
Very unsportsmanlike to take another run there.
— The Hybrid (@NotYetHeHasnt) February 12, 2020
Not since Tony Greg got his car keys stuck in the pitch
— Micky V (@mickythev) February 12, 2020
Lanning saved by Technology HARDWARE
— CricketSize (@CricketSize) February 12, 2020
Was expecting to see it at some stage. Never seen before.
— 💧Shiv (@BLShiv) February 12, 2020
Unfair to the fielding teams
— Dr. Shrikant Upasani (@drshri2) February 12, 2020
It was a disappointing day for the Indians as they lost the T20 tri-series final by 11 runs to hand over the title to the Australians.
The Australians, who won the toss and opted to bat first posted a total of 155 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs. For the Australians, opener Mooney top-scored with an unbeaten 71 off 54 deliveries.
In reply, the Indians were skittled out for 144 runs despite opener Smriti Mandhana hitting a quickfire 66 from 37 balls. Also, Australian spinner Jess Jonassen wreaked havoc upon the Indian batting line-up by picking up 5 wickets.
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