Meg Lanning survives: An unusual incident saved the Australian captain in what would have otherwise been a simple run-out.
During the final match of the recently concluded Australia Tri-Nation Women’s T20 series between Australia and India at the Junction Oval, Australia captain Meg Lanning received a massive reprieve as she survived a run-out in an unusual manner.
It all happened on the second delivery of the 14th over when Lanning played a delivery from India medium-pacer Arundhati Reddy to mid-off. The batswomen’s intention to sneak a single found Lanning in trouble at the non-striker’s end.
India pacer Shikha Pandey, who was fielding at mid-off, collected the ball cleanly and threw an apt throw only to find the ball get deflect off the stump mic cables to miss the stumps. With Lanning way out of her crease, she would have been dismissed for all money had the ball not deflected off the cables.
What further wasn’t appreciated by the Indian fielders was watching Lanning and Beth Mooney returning back for a second run.
After Lanning won the toss and chose to bat, the hosts posted 155/6 in their allotted quota of 20 overs. Having scored 71* (54) with the help of nine fours, Australia opening batter Mooney top-scored for them in the final.
Chasing a 156-run target, India were bundled out for 144 in 20 overs and lost the match by 11 runs despite opening batswoman Smriti Mandhana scoring a praiseworthy 66 (37) with the help of 12 fours. With bowling figures of 4-0-12-5, Australia spinner Jess Jonassen was the pick of their bowlers.
Meg Lanning survives after Shikha Pandey’s throw hits stump mic cables
Another example of technology saving the batter!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 12, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Stump-mic cables deny a run-out!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 12, 2020
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) February 12, 2020
Very good running by Lanning & Mooney. They’re looking for a 150+ score here says Gardner. #AUSvIND
— Cricket Australia Fan (@CricketAustFan) February 12, 2020
— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) February 12, 2020
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