Playing in the most batsmen-friendly format, Moeen Ali was given a free hit — and still managed to get out.
Albeit, thanks to a brilliant piece of fielding from Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad, who overnight secured a crucial victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
Moeen had just arrived at the wicket following the dismissal of RCB teammate and Aussie star Aaron Finch for 32.
"I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in my life!"
IPL: A free hit is supposed to only benefit the batting side but somehow Rashid Khan still managed to dismiss Moeen Ali for a duck!
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The Englishman faced his first ball from Shahbaz Nadeem, who committed the cardinal spinner’s sin the previous delivery by bowling a no-ball.
Consequently, Moeen was given a free hit, where he can’t be dismissed … unless he’s run-out.
Moeen firmly struck the ball to Rashid, who was fielding at cover, and took off for a run.
Rashid picked the ball up cleanly and, with one stump to aim at, pulled off a direct hit run-out to send Moeen back to the pavilion for a golden duck.
“To give away a wicket from a first ball free-hit has to be cruellest turn of fate for RCB,” Indian quizmaster and sports producer Joy Bhattacharjya wrote on Twitter. “Moment of absolute madness from Moeen Ali.
“And what a throw from Rashid Khan!”
To give away a wicket from a first ball free-hit has to be cruellest turn of fate for RCB. Moment of absolute madness from Moeen Ali.
And what a throw from Rashid Khan!
Former Zimbabwean cricketer Pommie Mbwanga was left gobsmacked.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in my life!” a stunned Mbwanga said in commentary.
“He’s got a free hit — and he’s out! Oh my goodness … can you believe that?”
It left RCB at 4-62 halfway through their innings — and despite AB de Villiers’ best efforts, Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers Hyderabad proved too strong.
Williamson hit an unbeaten 50 to guide the Sunrisers to victory and extend Virat Kohli’s wait for a first IPL title.
The win in the eliminator gave the Sunrisers one last chance to reach the IPL final in a knockout qualifier against Delhi Capitals on Sunday.
New Zealand skipper Williamson rescued his side as they struggled to reach the modest 131-7 off 20 overs set by Bangalore.
Williamson and West Indies’ Jason Holder put on 65 for the fifth wicket to take the Sunrisers to 132-4 with two balls to spare.
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Holder hit two fours in the final over to ease his side’s nerves after they had been frustrated by Bangalore’s bowlers.
While Sunrisers’ relieved captain David Warner hailed his side’s gritty performance, Kohli was left to rue another failure in the world’s richest cricket tournament.
The India captain, who has been in three IPL finals in 13 years, said Bangalore had failed to score enough runs in their innings to hope to get another chance.
Kohli himself was out for six and Bangalore needed a patient 56 from A.B. de Villiers to boost their total.
Giving away soft wickets has also been the story of their season having finished with five straight defeats — two by the Sunrisers, who also beat Bangalore in their last final in 2016.
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Kohli said young batsman Devdutt Padikkal, who has scored 473 runs in the tournament, had been a standout performer and the likes of de Villiers had been “solid as ever”.
“The others contributed but just not enough,” said Kohli, who added that 2020 has been “one of the most competitive ever” as no side had home advantage playing in the United Arab Emirates.
The tournament has been moved to closed stadiums in the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The final is in Dubai on Tuesday and reigning champions Mumbai Indians have already booked their place.
— with AFP
Originally published asStar’s ‘moment of absolute madness’
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