Watch: Ashton Agar runs into empty stands to look out for ball
Australia’s Ashton Agar’s recent act during the ODI match against New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday reminded us of the sweet memories of 90’s kids. Case in point, unusual scenes were recorded live mainly because the match was playing behind the closed doors amid coronavirus fears.
While the novel coronavirus pandemic has been spreading fast all across the world, Cricket Australia decided to host the match behind closed doors with no spectators. The deadly disease has by far claimed the lives of 4,100 people while also infecting more than 1,60,000 people.
We all know that when a ball is launched into the stands, the fans immediately pick it up and throw it to the players and this is the routine thing in cricket. But with no fans due to coronavirus, players themselves have had to look out for the ball when it was launched into the stands.
The first innings of the match saw New Zealand’s fast bowler Lockie Ferguson searching the ball and in the second innings, Australia’s Ashton Agar ran into the empty stands only to look out for the lost ball. The hilarious incident happened during the third ball of the 24th over Kiwis all-rounder James Neesham hit a six off Australia’s part-timer Steve Smith.
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With the ball going on to hit one of the chairs, it went to the walking area in the stands. Ashton Agar who couldn’t find the ball was soon accompanied by reserve Australian players who all started searching the ball. Finally, it was someone from the SCG who found the ball.
Chasing 259, Australia restricted New Zealand for 187 in 41 overs and chipped in with a 71-run victory to take the first lead in the three-match ODI series. New Zealand opener Martin Guptill top-scored for the team with a slow knock as he scored 40 off 73 balls.
Mitchell Marsh was named the Player of the Match as he registered bowling figures of 7-0-29-3. Apart from Marsh, the fast bowling duo of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood picked three and two wickets.