New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Blackcaps concede five penalty runs after ball hits the helmet in the first ODI

The runs didn't hurt much though as the Kiwis comfortably won the opening ODI.

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The first One-Day International between New Zealand and Bangladesh on Wednesday witnessed a rare incident. While the wicket-keepers normally do not miss the ball from collecting as they are the specialists at the job. But sometimes, they make a mistake and fluff an easy take which leads to the team conceding the five runs if the ball hits the helmet. Tom Latham was the culprit in this case for the Kiwis and despite his desperate attempt, couldn’t save the runs.

According to the rules, five runs are awarded to the batting team when the ball hits the helmet when it is on the field but not being worn that is the helmet is temporarily taken off and is kept on the field behind the wicket-keeper. In the 44th over of Bangladesh’s innings, Mohammad Mithun failed to make any contact to a delivery from Matt Henry.  It looked like a regulation save for Latham but he failed to save the ball.

Consequently, the ball rolled under his legs and started moving towards the helmet. Latham was quick to react and made a desperate dive to stop it as if the ball was about the hit the boundary ropes. But in the end, he failed. The on-field umpires referred the television umpire and the replays showed Latham had failed to stop the ball from hitting the helmet. As a result, Bangladesh were awarded five penalty runs.

Here’s the video:

New Zealand thrash Bangladesh

The five penalty runs, nonetheless, did not hurt the hosts as they dismantled the visitors by 8 wickets in the series-opener to take the lead in the three-match series. Martin Guptill, who missed the last four games against India due to an injury, roared back to form, scoring his 15th hundred in ODIs to take the Kiwis over the line.

Batting first, Bangladesh were all out for a modest 232.  Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner starred with the ball for the home side picking three wickets apiece. In reply, New Zealand chased down the total inside 45 overs by losing just a couple of wickets.

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