Sam Billings emulates MS Dhoni: The English vice-captain put on display an innovative run-out to dismiss the veteran Kiwi batsman.
During the fifth T20I of the ongoing England’s tour of New Zealand in Auckland, England wicket-keeper Sam Billings emulated legendary Indian wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to run-out veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor.
It all happened on the last delivery of the Kiwi innings when Taylor hit a Tom Curran delivery on the leg-side. In a bid to run a couple of runs, Taylor was found wanting at the striker’s end.
Collecting England all-rounder Sam Curran’s throw in front of the stumps, Billings back-handed it to the stumps without even looking behind. Taylor, who came in to bat at No. 6 in the same over, ended up scoring 3 (3).
After English captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat, the home team scored an impressive 146/5 in their allotted quota of 11 overs. A 31-ball 83-run opening stand between Martin Guptill (50) and Colin Munro (46) had set the tone for the Kiwis.
In what was a potential final to decide the series-winner, it brought back memories of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final. With England also scoring 146/7 in 11 overs, both the teams ended up playing yet another super over. Having scored 47 (18) with the help of two fours and five sixes, opening batsman Jonny Bairstow was the pick of the batsmen for the visitors.
Both Morgan and Bairstow hitting a six off New Zealand captain Tim Southee in the super over saw England scoring a match-winning 17 runs.
Sam Billings emulates MS Dhoni to dismiss Ross Taylor:
— Dixit Bhargav (@dixitbhargav09) November 10, 2019
How Twitter reacted:
Another #NZvENG thriller, another Super Over.
We just need a reason to replug this 📹🤷 https://t.co/xmBJbhWuP7
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) November 10, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 10, 2019
🏆 SERIES WINNERS!! 🏆
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 10, 2019
Can’t write it! #ENGvsNZ
— Joe Root (@root66) November 10, 2019
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