- This happened during the recent Big Bash League match between Syndey Thunders and Melbourne Stars.
In an extremely lucky escape for Andre Russell, the West Indian all-rounder survived when the ball despite hitting the stumps when he was batting could not dislodge the bails. The batter was thus deemed not out as per the laws of the game and Russell carried on. This happened during the recent Big Bash League match between Sydney Thunders and Melbourne Stars.
While chasing the Thunder target of 152 in what was the last ball of the 15th over being bowled by leg-spinner Tanveer Sangha, Russell went for a big stroke on the on side but failed to make a proper connection and hit it on his own legs from where it deflected to the stumps. However, while it was clear that the ball had hit the wickets and there a clear sound as well as video evidence of the same, the bails were not lislodged and the batter could continue, much to the disappointment of Sangha and others.
Although fortune playing its part may not have had a decisive impact on the match since Stars were nonetheless looking comfortable for a win, Russell, who was on 33 from 15 at this stage, finished on an unbeaten 42 from 21 deliveries to get the Player of the Match honour.
Here is the video of the incident:
Are you kidding!? Sangha with one of the most unlucky bowls you'll see!
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“What I liked was our discipline in the first half of the game. We bowled very good and by bowling well, we gave ourselves the best chance to do the job tonight. The wicket wasn’t the best wicket to bat on, especially starting as a batter. The thing is we bowled well and then the batters give us a good start and its good that I can capitalize on the back end,” Russell said at the post-match presentation.
“These guys are believers. No one talks about the first game that much. They just get that out of the way as quick as possible. We have to pick ourselves up, travel the next day and play some good cricket the next day. We have a good leader in Maxwell, all the guys want to contribute and that’s been happening so I’m happy to be a part of this,” he added.