Watch: Aussie bowler leaks 17 runs in 1 ball
When the fielders aren’t good enough, a batsman can score as many runs for the team by breezing through the wickets. But when a bowler loses confidence and mental toughness, then the opposition is bound to get a precious gift and that’s how Melbourne Renegades bagged it.
In what was a dreadful start to the intense run-chase at Hobart, Meredith had a forgettable day at the office bowling three no-balls and a wide in a row. As a result, he conceded a staggering 17 runs from just one legal ball. All this drama happened in the first over of the second innings.
Every batsman waits for that one no-ball from a bowler with an aim to boost confidence and to increase the sleek flow of runs. But gifting three no-balls in a row and that too when the ferocious Aaron Finch on strike can make things even worse for a bowler.
There came a major twist in the passage of play. In reply to Hobart Hurricanes’ total of 183/6, Renegades’ opening batsmen, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris came out to bat with an intent to chase the target. Hobart’s bowler Riley Meredith opened the bowling for his team only to find out that he would mess it up completely while bowling the 4th ball of his opening spell.
17 runs… FROM ONE BALL 😳
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Meredith bowled a no-ball in the 4th ball and the umpire signalled ‘free-hit’. Instead of keeping it tight, the bowler accidentally bowled a wide delivery which went past the wicket-keeper to the boundary ropes. In the next ball too, Meredith bowled a full toss in what was above Finch’s waist level but the batsman managed to get an edge and once again went past the wicket-keeper for a boundary.
Just as when Hobart players thought things would get back to normal, Meredith once again hurled a full toss which tempted Finch to got a shot over the off-side. Unfortunately, that was also a no-ball. Finally, he managed to get out of the pressure zone by bowling a yorker and that’s when he breathed a sigh of relief.