After Naseem Shah, Muhammad Musa gives David Warner a lifeline through a no-ball

After Naseem Shah, Muhammad Musa gives David Warner a lifeline through a no-ball

Warner was batting on 226 at that point in time and he went on to score in excess of 250 by the end of the opening session on the second day

Musa Khan no-ball
Musa Khan no-ball. (Photo Source: Twitter)

They say fortune favours the brave! Rightly so, at least in David Warner’s case. The southpaw got a reprieve in Australia’s opening Test against Pakistan at The Gabba in Brisbane. During that game, Naseem Shah, the 16-year-old pace sensation, found Warner’s inside edge, but a no-ball robbed him off his maiden Test wicket. Warner had crossed 50 and went on to score in excess of 150.

The Aussies won the game by an innings and five runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-game series. In the Day-Night Test at the Adelaide Oval, the rub of the green again went in Warner’s favour. His partnership with Marnus Labuschagne helped the hosts make a comeback after Shaheen Shah Afridi, another teenage pacer, nipped out Rory Burns, who scored a gritty 97 in the opening Test.

David Warner gets yet another reprieve  

As far as David Warner is concerned, he had a near-flawless opening day. However, Muhammad Musa, the teenage debutant, created an opportunity. In the first ball of the 96th over, the speedster churned out a full-length delivery and Warner went for an ambitious drive. But the batter couldn’t get his timing right and ended up slicing the leather. The ball flew to the gully region at the rate of knots.

Babar Azam, the T20I skipper, was standing there and he didn’t make any mistake whatsoever. However, Musa got the shock of his life when on-field umpire Richard Illingworth’s right hand went sideways instead of up. Musa had over-stepped; it was a no-ball. Musa stood there in utter disbelief. It could have been the seamer’s maiden Test wicket and what a moment it could have been.

In the 15 overs prior to that, the 19-year-old Musa had taken a fair amount of pounding. The right-arm pacer went for 87 runs in his 15 overs, bowling only a solitary maiden. Warner was batting on 226 at that point in time and he went on to score in excess of 250 by the end of the opening session on the second day. The wicket would have done a world of good to Musa’s confidence.

Here is the video of Musa finding Warner’s outside-edge off a no-ball

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