Pat Cummins breaks the bat of Colin Munro
Published - Dec 4, 2016 3:17 pm | Updated - Dec 4, 2016 6:15 pm
Flamboyant New Zealand batsman Colin Munro had a tough time in the middle in the first ODI of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy against Australia. Although Munro managed to score a fighting 49, he had an upsetting moment on the field. No batsman ever likes it when he breaks his bat midway through an innings. The same happened to the brash and brutal southpaw.
Munro is not the most elegant batsmen when it comes to textbook cricket. The left-handed batsman is known to use the long handle and power hitting to good effect. He tried his hands at playing one of the most elegant shots of the game, the cover drive. While Munro is surely capable of playing the shot, his attempt on the day did not work well on one particular delivery.
Pacer Pat Cummins ran in to bowl a quick delivery as Munro lunged forward. The body in line, the head steady and everything perfect. He tried to play through the line and complete his cover drive. However, he could only end up breaking his bat. The major part of his bat flew towards the cover and point region. All he had in his hand was the broken chunk of the bat and the handle.
Well, hopefully, that was not his lucky bat or something of that sort, else he would surely be in some grief now. Munro played exceptionally well. His fighting 49 came off 59 balls with 4 fours and a six. Perhaps the southpaw should have rather tried to muscle it down to deep mid wicket. That would have suited his style of play. He was eventually dismissed by the same bowler. Pat Cummins ran in hard to have him caught by George Bailey in the 44th over.
Cummins who was making a comeback with this game finished with figures of 2/62 in his 9 overs on the day. Earlier in the match, Australia scored a mammoth 324 riding on a brilliant 164 from Steve Smith. New Zealand bundled out for 256 in their response thereby losing the match by 68 runs.