Watch: Stump microphone blocks run-out in an international match
In a weird moment relating to technological advancement in cricket, stump-microphone became the cause behind India missing a run-out chance during the Women’s T20 Tri-series final match against Australia at Junction Oval, Melbourne on Wednesday.
Aussie skipper Meg Lanning was looking for a quick single when India’s Shikha Pandey fielded the ball, threw it directly into the bowler’s end where a loose microphone acted as guarding the stumps and blocked the run-out.
Television replays showed a diving Lanning (batting on 20) clearly out of her crease had the ball hit the stumps at that moment.
Commentators sound puzzled witnessing the situation. Channel Seven commentator Brad Hodge said, “It actually deviates to the right. That is hitting the sumps, then oh dear, what has happened there. That shouldn’t happen on the cricket field.’
Fellow commentator Elyse Villani also questioned and said, “That is where the spirit of cricket comes in as well because you know that when someone has a shot at the stumps and it hits any part of the batter the batter generally doesn’t run again.
“Technically you can but with the spirit of cricket you generally don’t,”
As of the match, Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. They set 156 runs to win the match for India.