If you’re a batsman you need to watch your feet extremely carefully because this seems to be the ‘season of run-outs’. After Azhar Ali ‘brain fade’ moment on the day three of the second Test against Australia, it is the turn of Otago Volts batsmen Nathan Smith and Michael Rippon to present their case in an even strong manner for the contender of – worst run out of the week. Also Read - Pakistan May Sack Azhar Ali as Test Captain; Babar And Rizwan Favourites to Take Over: Report
The Volts batters Smith and Rippon served up an absolute shocker in their round two of Plunket Shield match against the Wellington Firebirds at the Basin Reserve. The incident happened during the 48th over of the Otago’s innings, Rippon clipped a ball by Hamish Benett off his pads towards the square-leg for an easy double. But as he turned for the second run, the batsman slipped twice. Also Read - IPL 2020 News, DC vs KXIP: Shreyas Iyer Reflects on Delhi Capitals Loss Against Kings XI Punjab, Says Should Serve as a Wake up Call For Us
The twist in the tale however was Smith’s fall, who was running toward’s the non-striker’s end with his eyes glued to the ball in the deep, the batsman slipped rather hilariously and was flat on the ground. Also Read - IPL 2020 News, DC vs KXIP: Sachin Tendulkar Compares Nicholas Pooran's 'Stance And Backlift' to South Africa Great JP Duminy
By the time he realised Rippon was on his knees, Smith was midway through the second run. Wellington fielder threw the ball comfortably to the wicketkeeper, who comfortably broke the stumps as a result of which Smith was dismissed.
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On Thursday, Pakistan top-order batsman Azhar Ali also suffered a bizarre run out in the second Test against Australia. Azhar edged a Peter Siddle delivery towards the third man boundary and, thinking the ball had crossed the rope, halted in the middle of the pitch to talk to fellow batsman Asad Shafiq.
But Mitchell Starc picked up the ball less than a yard from the boundary and threw it back to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who ran Azhar out, leaving the Pakistani duo stranded in the mid-pitch and looking bewildered. Azhar fell for a well-played 64, including four boundaries as Pakistan took control of the Test setting a massive 538-run target for Australia with two days left.