India’s impressive win over a spirited Bangladesh has been overshadowed by the farcical scenes of two players trying to run each other out in Perth overnight.
India’s 16-year-old phenomenon Shafali Verma earlier slogged a powerful 39 from just 17 balls in a player of the match performance.
She struck six boundaries, including four sixes, to help India to an 18-run win when Bangladesh (8/124) fell short of India’s score of 6/142.
But her striking was overshadowed by a bizarre mix-up between teammates Deepti Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy late in India’s innings.
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A communication breakdown had the two batters diving to reach the non-striker’s end at the same time in truly remarkable scenes.
As India powered towards a strong score in the 17th over, Sharma clubbed a ball deep into the offside field before slipping as she turned to come back for a second run.
It was Krishnamurthy by the toe of her bat.Source:Getty Images
As the throw came in from the deep, Krishnamurthy simply kept on running towards the bowler’s end despite seeing Sharma desperately trying to scramble back to her feet.
With both players lunging for the crease, the wicketkeeper was able to calmly whip the bails off after taking a brief moment to watch the crazy scenes happening up the other end.
The match officials needed TV replays to determine which of the two players should be dismissed as they lunged for the line neck and neck.
Aussie TV commentator Lisa Sthalekar said in commentary the race for the crease resembled a horse-race with the two Indian stars needing a photo finish to determine who hit the line first.
Deepti Sharma and Veda Krishnamurthy dive for the same crease.Source:Reddit
Replays showed Krishnamurthy just had enough speed to reach the crease first, meaning Sharma had to pick herself up and walk back to the dressing room after her innings of 11 from 16 balls.
“Calamitous running, and we have one of the game’s great joys here: a slow-motion replay as to which batter made their ground first at the non-striker’s end,” Cricinfo’s match commentary described the scenes.
“Deepti was prone on the floor, diving at full stretch, while Veda tried to run her bat in. It’s seriously tight, and it looks like Deepti will have to go.”
Veda Krishnamurthy and Deepti Sharma of India both ran to the same end.Source:Getty Images
Krishnamurthy needed to make up for the ruthless execution of her teammate’s innings and delivered spectacularly at the death with a blasting 20 from 11 balls.
The run out turned out to be just a minor bump in the road for India, who went on to record their second win — putting them on top of Australia’s pool.
The win lifted India (2-0) to the top of their group, ahead of NZ (1-0) and Australia (1-1).
Bangladesh moved to 3-66 in the 12th over to give themselves a chance of causing a major upset.
But with the required run rate creeping up, Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals to fall short of victory.
Nigar Sultana Joty scored 35 off 26 balls, while opener Murshida Khatun chipped in with 30.
Diminutive India spinner Poonam Yadav, who destroyed Australia’s batters last week, snared 3-18 in another strong display.
— with AAP
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